Increase Energy Naturally

Do you feel like you just don’t have enough time or energy to make it through your lengthy to-do list?  Do you need an energy boost? 

Amy Bowen, dietitian at WakeMed Cary Hospital, asserts that energy drinks are not the answer.

Aside from calories and added sugars, many of the 5-hour energy drinks contain caffeine and caffeine derivatives like taurine and B vitamins, which some sources claim boost energy.  However, the science behind amino acid taurine and the B vitamins as energy boosters is limited.

If you want to reap the benefits of real energy, focus on balanced portions of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in your diet.  Make it a point to exercise at least 30 minutes on most days of the week, and try to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.

Another good tactic is to decrease energy zappers in your diet.  These energy zappers include:

Save the money you would have spent on expensive energy drinks and treat yourself to an energy-boosting healthy snack instead.

Amy Bowen RD, LDN is a clinical dietitian at WakeMed Cary Hospital.   Learn more about WakeMed’s nutrition services, and take charge of your health today.


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