The Dangers of Energy Drinks
Most people assume an energy drink is as harmful as drinking a cup of coffee, but they’re wrong. Energy drinks, if you read .. (click below to read more)
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Adverse reactions when combined with other medicines
- Vomiting or increased nausea
- Increased anxiety
- Liver or nerve energy over time
- Risk for cardiac arrest
Sleep Beats Energy Drinks Every Time
If you’re looking for a natural energy enhancement, consider how much you sleep. An energy drink might give you a quick jolt of energy, but getting ample sleep every night can do it too -- without harming your health. Dedicate at least 7 to 8 hours for sleep each night. You’ll wake rested and your body refreshed.
Use Green Juices and Smoothies
Nutrition also plays a key role in how much energy you have every day. Green juices and smoothies are natural energy enhancement tools you can do at home. These don’t harm your health and offer numerous other benefits aside from just increasing your energy. Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, and parsley are high in vitamins and minerals.
A great green juice recipe is to combine ½ of a sliced cucumber, 4 oz. of celery, a handful of kale, a small bit of cilantro and parsley, and then add some lemon juice for taste. Puree until drinkable. Your body will get used to the taste after a few days, but you can add stevia if you find the taste too “leafy”.
Coffee The Right Way
Coffee is a much healthier alternative to energy drinks. We will release a post soon describing our recipe for getting the maximum benefit from your morning coffee with just a few small changes. Current research shows 2 - 3 cups of coffee per day is acceptable for most people (assuming you're not adding a ton of sweeteners or other flavorings), and provides a more natural way to get your "boost" than energy drinks.
Drink More Water
Your body needs water and water is an all-natural energy drink. When your body is dehydrated, you’re tired, but if you keep your body well hydrated, you will notice an increase in energy. If you don’t like drinking water, add slices of fruit or fresh-squeezed lemon juice to make it more tolerable. No matter what, make sure you get at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water every day.
Protein is a natural energy enhancement that most people don’t get enough of. Increase the amount of good proteins you have in your diet, including lean fish, meats, and eggs. Protein shakes can also be used if you’re in a hurry or don’t feel like cooking. Just make sure you don’t fill your protein shake with artificial ingredients -- make all natural protein shakes at home.
At Natural Health Atlanta, we want you to feel great and have energy to get through the day. If you need assistance finding the right natural energy enhancement for your body or you want a nutrition assessment, contact us or set up your appointment today. We can help you balance your diet and make recommendations that give you more energy without the need for energy drinks or coffee every day.