Natural Energy Boosters that Aren’t Coffee

Ever feel like you’re running on empty? The good news is there are natural ways to support our energy levels and keep us feeling like superheroes.

Dark chocolate.
A prebiotic, dark chocolate contains caffeine and the chemical epicatechin which supports blood flow and optimizes the delivery of oxygen throughout your body, making you feel like you’re firing on all cylinders.

Chia seeds.
These little guys are small but mighty – packed with fats, fiber, and protein, they’ll keep you going for hours. And when soaked in water, they expand up to ten times their size and form a gel-like substance that slows down the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, meaning your energy will last longer. The Tarahumara Indians of Mexico have been using these powerhouse seeds for centuries to fuel their 200+ mile runs.

Green tea.
If you love the energy boost from coffee but hate the jitters, try green tea instead. It has enough caffeine to keep you going, but also contains theanine which cuts the jitters and leaves you feeling alert and focused. Plus, it’s a prebiotic that fuels your beneficial bacteria for even more energy.

Magnesium regulates energy, calming you down when you’re running on fumes, and lifting you up when you’re feeling lethargic. Magnesium is crucial for producing ATP, the substance that transports energy in our cells, and plays a key role in metabolism. Unfortunately, changes in food production and other factors have led to magnesium deficiencies, leaving us feeling low on energy. Eat magnesium-rich foods or consider a supplement to support your energy levels.

B vitamins help convert the food we eat into energy, so it’s important to get enough of them. And Broccoli is a B-vitamins powerhouse. It won’t give you instant energy – for that try a B vitamin shot or IV, but it will help your longterm energy stores.

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