Boost Your Energy Without the Coffee

If daylight savings time has you feeling like a zombie today (minus the whole lust for brains thing--we hope), you'll want to pry open your heavy eyelids long enough to read this. While a cup of Joe may have hit the spot this morning, chances are it'll be time to call in for reinforcements by the time the afternoon rolls around. These 10 solutions pack an energy-boosting punch, sans caffeine jitters.

Reach for protein. Snack on something at least 10 grams of protein to produce a steady rise in blood sugar and energy levels, counteracting a post-carb crash.

Swig cold water. Cold triggers the stimulating hormone adrenaline, which helps your heart pump stronger, boosting bloodflow to your brain. Additionally, drinking water revives shriveled cells after hours of sleep-induced dehydration, which is known to cause tiredness.

Sip green tea. Where overdosing on coffee may make you jittery, green tea has just enough caffeine to boost production of the hormone adrenocorticotropin, which triggers the release of cortisol. It also contains EGCG, a flavonoid that promotes focus and calmness. Drink a glass about 90 minutes before you need it to kick in, experts say.

Breathe deeply. You'll deliver a larger amount of oxygen to the brain, keeping you more alert.

Eat regular meals. Studies have shown that missing even one meal can cause fatigue by the end of the day. Eating regularly keeps your blood sugar balanced and energy levels high.

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SOURCE: MSN | The Juice Bar
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