Reach for natural energy boosters instead of the energy drinks that offer an easy, but unhealthier high.

There’s nothing more exciting than the thought of canned energy! That’s why energy drinks are so popular. Whether you are studying for an exam, hoping for a great workout, or trying to finish an important report in office, the bottom line is that you need to be alert.

When cups of coffee stop working, you typically reach for that can of energy, which contains stimulants such as caffeine, guarana, taurine, sugar and ginseng, which are harmless in small quantities.

Too much spells trouble

However, drinking too many of these energy formulas is dangerous, especially for those with underlying health conditions. Commonly experienced side-effects include agitation, anxiety, palpitation, nausea, sleeplessness, and an upset stomach.

So do avoid getting addicted to energy drinks as a way of relieving sluggishness. Even though most energy drinks contain about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, it’s safer to stick to the coffee.

Look for healthy substitutes

The next time you feel lethargic, have a glass of cold water, pace up and down your room for a few minutes, or munch on some nuts. Eating low-carb meals and snacks keeps the blood sugar steady, helping your stay alert.

Coconut with a glass of fresh coconut water

Natural energy boosters

  1. Hydrate yourself with nimbu pani, coconut water, lassi, or a smoothie.
  2. Eat a nutritious and balanced meal with some healthy carbohydrates such as dried fruits, sweet yogurt and or cereal.
  3. Do some moderate physical activity to release endorphins and decrease stress.
  4. Have a warm shower before you get into bed to relax your muscles and ease fatigue.
  5. Avoid screen-time (TVs, laptops, and phones) about 2 hours before bedtime, and catching a good night’s rest. If you can’t fall asleep easily, pick up a book you have been meaning to read instead of picking up your phone and endlessly scrolling on Instagram.