Medically review by Kim Langdon
Feeling a little run-down?
We all do sometimes. Long days beg for more energy than our bodies are capable of mustering up sometimes.
The best natural remedy for a more vibrant you?
It's likely hiding out in a better night's sleep, but what if that's not enough?
Worst case scenario, you're just not getting a full snooze every evening. While we emphasize it's importance - especially during the 9 weeks of Happy Body Formula - we get it!
We're busy bees, and many of us suffer from sleep issues here and there.
Coffee and tea can lend us an extra boost in the AM, but too much caffeine is definitely a bad thing.
Besides, you might end up jittery just to crash later if you have one cup too many.
With that said, there are other natural energy boosters that offer up some sustainable vitality that can keep you buzzing a little bit longer throughout the day.
Here are five of our favorites.
You might not know much about this incredibly powerful herb, but trust us - you should get familiar with it!
We talk more in-depth about its effects and the studies done on this "adaptogen" here, so it goes beyond a natural energy boost.
For a bit more vigor, Eleuthero is a great supplement. The best part?
It has no negative side effects. Unlike most energizing supplements which can leave you feeling a bit too jittery, this herb is very mild.
Otherwise known as Siberian ginseng, this herb is actually unrelated to ginseng which is a popular ingredient in most energy drinks.
Studies have shown that it's effective for athletes to use before a grueling endurance workout which clearly says something about its ability to provide an energy boost.
Beyond feeling a bit more wide-eyed, you can expect increased stamina and less fatigue later.
Over time, supplementing with this herb helps the body create energy stores that the body can then reach for when needed and use very efficiently.
2. Eat the yolks
In case you're still under the impression that an egg white omelet is the best part of waking up, we want to make things clear: the yolks are where the magic happens.
If you end up groggy or tired shortly after breakfast, your standard bowl of oats or buttered toast could be the culprit that's weighing you down.
The yolk is no joke. In fact, egg's might just be nature's most perfect food, and that means it's going to give you long-lasting energy both mentally and physically.
This is especially important first thing in the morning, so pair your cuppa with 2-3 whole, pastured eggs for the best results.
No rise in blood sugar due to the egg's utter lack of carbs mean you won't have that rise and fall of energy you might get with a sugary breakfast cereal or a donut on the go.
Managing stable blood sugar throughout the day is key for energy!
Vitamins B12 and B6 which are found in eggs are necessary for energy production, and the fats and protein will keep you satiated.
3. Lemon water
You know the age-old saying: "When life gives you lemons, make warm lemon water."
Okay, maybe we made that up, but lemonade is just a tad bit too sugary for us to get on board with.
Instead, opt for a simpler combo. This is especially effective first thing in the morning, y'know, when you need a little (or a big) pick-me-up quick. In fact, we recommend it every single morning during the Happy Body Formula program.
We're often so accustomed to chugging down coffee straight out of bed, we neglect the fact that hydration is great energy.
Caffeine can actually dehydrate the body, and on top of sleep's dehydrating effects, this is no good!
Warm lemon water gives you the water you're craving and the lemon adds a nice little zing for an extra boost.
Hydration can boost the mood and feeling good makes you feel naturally more energetic and focused. It can also help you kick coffee to the curb.
While coffee IS a perfectly healthy and natural means of energy, it's best in moderation.
So, even going 50/50 on lemon water and coffee can help your energy levels stay more stable throughout the day.
Sometimes, it's helpful to do a little detox (which lemon water is also fantastic for!)
This little spice is often used in curries and chai tea, making it suitable for both sweet and savory tastes.
Otherwise, it's an often overlooked spice that you could probably afford to use a bit more often.
Besides, chai tea is a tasty and energizing way to start the day. The combination of mild black tea and warm spices like cardamom could help you get started on a strong note.
Cardamom has quite a few notable health benefits which make it great for purposes beyond liveliness, but what makes it so naturally energizing?
Well, cardamom pods open up your blood vessels and have long been used in Asia to improve circulation and improve energy levels.
Fun fact: cardamom is also considered an aphrodisiac which has a lot to do with those two factors! (Read more about best foods for a healthy sex life here).
You can also use cardamom essential oils for some of the same vitality-boosting properties which might make it easier to use.
Try diffusing them during the afternoon when you're most likely to reach for that second round of coffee or a quick cat-nap.
5. Essential Oils
Speaking of essential oils, a little aromatherapy can go a long way! Maybe your diet is already in tip-top shape and you're just looking for a little something passive to keep your spirits lifted throughout the day.
From focus and clarity to more energy, using essential oils to put some pep in your step is a simple habit to get in the swing of.
Lemon oil can offer up similar benefits to hot lemon water in the AM. You can add a few drops to your water in case you don't have fresh lemons handy.
Orange oil can offer up a citrus-inspired boost in productivity, eucalyptus oil is lovely for a quick refresh, and peppermint oil is naturally invigorating.
You can diffuse different blends (try them all at once!) or splash a bit into your tea for a nice afternoon pick-me-up. Rubbing a little peppermint or lemon oil on your temples will give you a quick boost.
Like adaptogens, there are no ill side-effects to using essential oils, so it's a perfectly natural way to experiment with what works for you. Bonus? Your house will smell ah-mazing!
What's your trick to staying vibrant and energized throughout the day? We want to know! Share it with us below.
Of course, the best way to boost your energy is a good night's rest each evening. Join our FREE 7-Day Sleep Better Challenge for some tips and tricks on how to get the best zzz's of your life.
This article was fact checked for accuracy by Dr. Kim Langdon, MD. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
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Kimberly Langdon M.D. is a retired University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist with 19-years of clinical experience. She delivered over 2000 babies to mothers in a suburban Midwestern community.