In our fast-paced world, many people have tried different ways to increase their energy. When energy levels become depleted, many look for a quick fix to combat fatigue. However, there are healthy and unhealthy ways to increase energy.
First, the unhealthy.
Energy drinks are the fastest-growing segment of the beverage industry. By now, it’s no secret that energy drinks are bad for the brain and body. Most of them contain large amounts of sugar or artificial sweeteners, caffeine, and other stimulants that provide a temporary energy boost followed by an energy crash.
Energy drinks are often accompanied by adverse conditions, such as:
- Upset stomach
- Sleep issues
- Rapid heartbeat
- Increased blood pressure
While it’s true that caffeine can lead to a temporary increase in alertness, excessive caffeine consumption can constrict blood flow to your brain and many other organs. Caffeine causes the release of adrenaline, which puts the body into a “fight or flight” mode.
Caffeine increases dopamine levels in a similar manner to amphetamines, though its effects are far less than amphetamines. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that activates the pleasure centers of the brain, so drinking caffeinated beverages may trigger your cravings for even more caffeine and sugar.
If you’re searching for an alternative to coffee or energy drinks, here are 3 ways to increase your energy naturally:
3 Natural Ways to Boost Energy and Fight Fatigue
1. Go Nuts
Almonds and cashews are an amazing source of healthy fats, fiber, and protein that help balance blood sugar levels. They’re also packed with magnesium, a mineral that plays a key role in converting food into energy. Being low in magnesium can drain your body of energy.
Organic nut butters also can provide a great-tasting energy boost. To avoid added sugars, try all-natural nut butters that contain nothing but nuts.
2. Get a Move On
Though it may seem like an unlikely way to combat fatigue, research validates that expending energy in a moderate workout actually can increase energy. Regular exercise can raise the levels of energy-promoting and mood-enhancing neurotransmitters – such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin – in the brain.
Exercise has also been associated with improved mood and a positive outlook on life. Even moderate exercise can help increase energy, so get moving.
3. Nutritional Support
Are you looking to boost your energy without adding calories to your diet or harming your brain?
Meet Rhodiola rosea.
What is Rhodiola Rosea?
Rhodiola rosea (or simply, rhodiola) is a hardy plant that’s adapted to living in extremely challenging environments. Rhodiola is found mainly in Arctic environments and at high altitudes in the northern hemisphere, including parts of Europe, Asia, and North America.
A favorite in the East, Rhodiola’s root, technically an underground stem, is the main source of its beneficial substances. Often referred to as “golden root,” rhodiola has been used for centuries by many different cultures to help with energy and a variety of other health issues.
Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola rosea has been studied for many different benefits and has been shown to counter fatigue, sharpen attention, and increase mental capacity. Additionally, rhodiola has strong antioxidant properties to fight free radicals. It also has been found to have a beneficial effect on mood.
Rhodiola is one of the best-studied and most potent adaptogens. It is fast-acting and helps increase the availability of energy during the day. Its anti-stress effects help lower anxiousness, which promotes restful sleep at night.
A generous dose (200 mg) of this versatile and effective nutrient is offered in BrainMD’s premier energy supplement…
Focus & Energy
Focus & Energy was designed to promote sharpness and improve productivity without lowering blood sugar. It is formulated specifically to reinforce the brain and the body’s ability to fight fatigue and adapt to stress.
Focus & Energy includes standardized, ultra-pure extracts of 3 powerful adaptogens: rhodiola, ashwagandha, and ginseng:
- Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) acts swiftly and has been shown to reduce fatigue, promote positive mood, and improve physical and mental performance. This standardized extract provides the stress-fighting rosavins and salidrosides along with powerful antioxidants.
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, root/leaves) is revered in Ayurvedic medicine. It helps the body stay calm and mentally focused while under stress and has been associated with improved memory and attention.
- Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) is the best-studied and fastest acting of all the ginsengs. This standardized extract helps improve focus, memory, and overall well-being, as well as help, maintain blood sugar within normal range.
Focus & Energy also provides a generous allowance of standardized green tea extract, which is excellent for promoting blood flow to the brain and the rest of the body. Green tea helps deliver the active substances in the 3 adaptogens to the brain.
Rounding out Focus & Energy is a nutrient now recognized as essential for human life. Choline has many life functions, including being a building block for acetylcholine, the major transmitter required for sharp mental focus.
If you’re looking to support your focus and increase your energy, Focus & Energy is an excellent choice. Unlike the energy rollercoaster, you can experience with coffee or energy drinks, there’s no dramatic drop in mood and energy with this dietary supplement.
Focus & Energy is safe, natural, and non-habit forming. Try it today!
At BrainMD, we’re dedicated to providing the highest purity nutrients to give you the attention, focus, and energy you need to do the things you love. For more information about our full list of brain healthy supplements, please visit us at BrainMD.
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