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The past few months, I have had numerous readers ask me: how can I increase my energy in a healthy way?
In fact, over the past few years, it has been a reoccurring question my readers and friends want to know.
I think energy is one of the hardest things to maintain during the day. Especially with hormones and health issues lurking behind the scenes. This is also one of my biggest issues.
Having rheumatoid arthritis means I suffer from arthritic fatigue ,and many days, I am looking for any energy just to get through the day.
We have shared so many tips the last few years on healthy foods and drinks that are also good for energy, so today we are compiling a HUGE list for you to save and revisit. You can try them all out or find your favorites. Be sure to follow me on snapchat and instagram to see what I do daily too!
Thanks to chemistry, these are surefire ways to get some energy each day, especially when you are really dragging.
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1. Add a B12 Supplement to your Diet.
I talked a little about B12 in this post from last year. B12 is a great vitamin for natural energy. I have tried many over the years, but the ones you put under your tongue and let dissolve work best. It helps your body absorb it more efficiently. This has been my favorite one, plus it is cheap too!
2. Use Lemon all the Time!
Everyone knows I love lemon. I talk about it on instagram all the time, so readers are always like wow you like lemon lol
But lemon has some pretty awesome health benefits, energy being one of them.
Adding lemon juice to tea or water can really give you an added boost of energy.
3. Drink this Awesome Drink in the Morning.
Readers really love this drink and many have told me it has helped with energy.
Not only does it contain lemon, but it has apple cider vinegar and raw honey.
Raw honey is fantastic for energy. The sugars and chemicals in raw honey both aide in this. ACV is another natural source of energy.
4. Drink Tea.
Remember this post on tea? Tea contains numerous chemicals that can aide in energy. It is full of anti-oxidants plus natural caffeine. Try having iced green tea in addition to your daily water for a little more energy.
Bonus: try this new PINK drink with tea and collagen! Fantastic for Energy!
5. Try Kombucha.
I had so many readers tell me this post was one of their favorites. Kombucha has been around for a long time, but many have wondered if it’s just a fad. It is one of my favorite afternoon drinks when I really need some energy.
Kombucha is also made from tea, so it has the benefits of that along with the fermentation. Just remember to find one a little lower in sugar!
6. Eat More Protein.
Protein can slow down the absorption of sugar when you eat which is very important for balancing energy levels. Carbohydrates and sugars will cause your blood glucose levels to rise giving you quick energy, but it doesn’t last long and can cause a quicker energy crash.
I used to eat a mainly plant based diet for rheumatoid arthritis. I was really struggling with energy more than I had before.
Last year, I start adding in more protein and it helped tremendously. I feel much better and do better while I workout too. Most readers and friends I talk to about energy are lacking in proper protein consumption.
7. Eat more Vegetables.
Having a balanced diet is really important for energy. Not only do you need more protein, but adding in more leafy greens and other vegetables can really help you feel better. I try to fill half of my plate up with vegetables at each meal. When I don’t get enough vegetables in my diet, I start feeling really sluggish.
8. Drink a TON of H20!
I drink water all day. The one thing I hate about traveling is not getting to drink as much water as I normally do, and my body really suffers from it.
Water is a very underrated chemical, but your body needs water more than anything else to survive. I drink 8-10 cups of water a day minimum, but sometimes do even more.
You might not think you are dehydrated, but if you aren’t getting enough water, your body doesn’t perform properly. This can make your energy levels very low. So, always drink as much water as possible.
I have this yeti tumbler and keep iced water with me all the time. Even leaving it in the hot car doesn’t matter, when I come back out, it still has ice! It really helps with water consumption.
9. Drink Coffee the Right Way!
Along with drinking water all day, I still love my coffee in the morning. I think most people don’t get the benefits out of coffee because of all the added sugars and chemicals they add to it.
We shared all the amazing benefits of coffee in this post, and energy is one of them.
But, make sure you are drinking good quality coffee with just a few healthy things added to it. I love it black with cinnamon.
10. Eat more Pineapple.
Pineapple is a unique fruit with unique chemistry. Not only does pineapple help with inflammation, but it is also fantastic for energy. All fruits are, but pineapple is even more.
Try having 1 cup of pineapple every few days for a snack or even with breakfast!
11. Stay Active.
It may seem like an oxymoron to stay active to get more energy since it takes energy to stay active! But it’s true. The more you start moving around and working out, the more energy your body creates. Especially when you pair it with a healthy diet.
If you aren’t used to being active, start small with some stretches and morning walks. Anything is better than not exercising at all!