4 Natural energy boosters
How energetic do you feel at two in the afternoon? If you're like most women, you'd pay off the janitor to let you nap in the broom closet for a half-hour because making it to the end of the day without nodding off at your computer feels insurmountable. What can you do? Reaching for the bottomless cup of coffee or yet another energy drink isn't the answer, unless you like the over-caffeinated jitters and subsequent energy crash. Instead, check out these four natural energy boosters for a mid-afternoon lift without the unwanted side effects.
Taking cocoa supplements may not be as much fun as unwrapping a bar of dark chocolate and nibbling it up, but at the end of the day you'll still fit into your skinny jeans. Our favorite cocoa-based product from Reserveage Organics is CocoaWell Energy Restore, a supplement containing a proprietary blend of adaptogenic herbs (herbs thought to decrease stress and provide energy), including ashwagandha, rhodiola and schisandra. Clinical studies suggest that cocoa and plant flavanols may decrease blood pressure, boost energy, and improve mental acuity.
Gudi's Peppermint Aromatherapy
Don't you love that invigorating rush you feel when eating a peppermint candy? You can turn that rush into long-term energy by skipping the candy and taking a whiff of an energizing essential oil. Essential oils such as peppermint can help boost energy without causing crashes associated with caffeinated drinks or high-sugar snacks. East of Bali, by Gudi's Aromatherapy, is an energizing blend of peppermint, lemongrass and ginger. The company also makes other blends called Sailing Away and Brain Power, which stimulates brain function and can come to the rescue when you start to hit the mid-afternoon slump at work.
With the heart-health claims made about red wine, you may be tipping back an extra glass or two -- for your health, of course. Like chocolate, however, too much of a good thing can be detrimental to your waistline. Now you can reap the age-defying, energizing benefits in the form of an organic resveratrol supplement. Resveratrol, found in red wine, enhances metabolism and increases energy and endurance. It can also maximize the number of calories you burn during exercise.
When you think of jerky, you probably think of tough, flavorless cardboard. Not so with Perky Jerky. The Perky Jerky company starts with premium all-natural beef and turkey (no MSG, no nitrates), and adds a seven-ingredient all-natural marinade that includes guarana, a berry from the Amazon commonly found in energy drinks. Perky Jerky has less guarana than many energy drinks, so you'll experience more of a sustained alertness and energy boost instead of the buzz and crash associated with higher doses.