In today's fast-paced world, Americans are looking for a serious boost of energy to fight fatigue and keep going all day long. It's no surprise that since 1999 the energy drink industry has grown in size by 5000% in the United States. And the trend is nowhere near slowing down.
US Energy Drink Sales Since 1999 (via Quartz)
Sugar to the Extreme
While the sugary energy drinks can offer a short-term boost of energy, it's usually followed by a crash that leaves you more fatigued than before. For many this crash just calls for downing another calorie-packed can. Even in moderation, these sugar-loaded drinks can contain an entire meal's worth of calories.
As energy drink sizes become larger and more extreme, the sugar contents have also become "monster." A 16 oz Red Bull contains 52 grams of sugar (the same as 2 1/2 twinkies), while some of the some of the large cans contain up to 100 grams of sugar. That is more than three times the recommended maximum of sugar intake for a single day.
Over time, these empty calories and short-term energy fixes can begin to have serious long-term health implications. Read "The Case Against Energy Drinks is Getting Stronger."
Better Ways to Boost Energy Naturally
Fortunately, there are much better ways to fight fatigue without bringing on a major crash and longer term health consequences. These fatigue-fighting alternatives range from foods packed with certain vitamins and minerals, to healthier energy drink, or everyday activity. Here are a few of the top ides:
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A Brisk Walk
There's a noticeable difference in the level of feeling awake you from moving after being sedentary for a time. Now, studies are showing that this is effect is not just in your mind. Going for a brisk walk offers real energy that is even more powerful than a mid-day coffee. Just 10 minutes of walking up and down stairs at a normal pace proved more effective than ingesting 50 mg of caffeine, according to one study. Research participants reported no difference in energy levels with caffeine, but immediate energy and vigor after the physical exercises.
This veggie is high in B vitamins and naturally support turning the body's carbs into energy. It's also high in fiber to help keep blood sugar levels steady.
FAST Boost Thermogenic Energy Drink Mix
This energy drink mix from WonderSlim contains natural caffeine from green tea and provides a host of other potentially beneficial ingredients. The mixes are scientifically formulated with a combination of antioxidants, key vitamins & minerals natural, plus thermogenic ingredients. The herbal blend also contains ginkgo bilboa, ginseng, and querceti due to their energy potential. Because it's sugar-free, it can have an energy boosting wallop without the terrible crash. Ease-of-use is a factor, as well, which is why they come in single-serve sticks that mix with water, in three flavors that go down very easily.
The concept behind these thermogenic, antioxidant drinks is that the blend of herbal ingredients, vitamins, and minerals can help increase metabolic rate, boost immune system, and enhance alertness/mental focus. You can learn more about FAST BOOST products here. As a reminder, the above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
Dehydration is one of the top causes for a drop in energy. Water is also at the center of the metabolic reactions that happen throughout our body. Fatigue begins to set in when there is not enough water and those processes slow down. Read more of the countless benefits of water in our previous post, here.
Another major cause of the daily energy crash is not consuming enough protein throughout the day. It takes the body longer to break down than carbohydrates, so the energy it provides is longer lasting. While foods such as fish, poultry, nuts and tofu contain protein, it's more convenient to get the proper amount of daily protein in a shake with at least 10 grams of protein.
Of the more natural ways for caffeine intake such as coffees and teas, green tea stands out as one of the best. First off, green and black teas have a more optimal amount of caffeine than coffee which helps avoid jitters. Teas also contain antioxidants that support metabolism and stabilize blood sugar. Green tea has more of these properties than black tea due to the lower amount of processing where it maintains more antioxidant and vitamin content.
This little pod packs a surprisingly high punch of energizing properties. Edamame is rich in B vitamins and protein. These are essential for energy production and transporting oxygen to the body. One cup of shelled soybeans has 17 grams of protein. They're also perfectly suited to snack on and are a great option for getting a more sustained boost of energy mid-day.
Be sure to check out even more naturally energy boosting food ideas in our previous post, here.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.