The simplest way to get a boost, ever. This one is low-calorie, so it’s not an energy-boost like the type you get from eating food. But adding lemon to water transforms regular H20 into a natural energy drink that has electrolytes, which are critical for cells to produce energy. Hydration, in general, is key for a mood boost; a 2018 study found that even mild dehydration can cause motor skills to lag during high-heat exercise, according to research published in the journal Physiological Reports. Drinking lemon water for health is part of traditional Ayurveda. Read up on the other health benefits of drinking lemon water.
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The natural sugar in fruit makes it one of the many natural energy boosters. It provides a quick pick-me-up when you’re dragging and helps keep blood sugar levels steady because it’s packed with fiber. Make an energizing breakfast smoothie. Not a smoothie person? Fruits with peels, like bananas or apples, are good choices to take to work or when you’re on the go.
Cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts are high in magnesium, which plays a key role in converting sugar to energy, according to the nutrition experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). They’re also filled with fiber to keep your blood sugar levels even and protein to stave off hunger. Their high fat content can keep you satisfied but also comes with a caloric cost. Keep a bag of mixed nuts or trail mix in your purse or desk drawer and snack judiciously to stay energetic all day. Try working these eating habits into your daily schedule for more energy.