Millions of people do it every day, in many cases as soon as they get up in the morning. They fire up the coffee pot, to get that first hot, steaming cup of joe, sipping from it and waiting (not long) for that first kick in the pants they need to get a move-on. Not everyone is a coffee fan, though. Perhaps they don't like the taste or they aren't comfortable with what the caffeine kick does to their body, such as getting the heart to race or even get ‘jumpy.'
Getting Enough Sleep is the First ThingToo many people get up in the morning – or even an hour or two into their day – and they just aren't hitting on all cylinders. That's might be because they didn't get enough sound sleep the night before, and in this day and age that is not an uncommon lament. Some of us even fall into a chronic state of fatigue, as globalhealingcenter.com puts it, which means we've failed to properly replenish our energy supplies. Proper amounts of sleep, some exercise, and a healthy diet all play into that equation. The key to keeping ourselves properly energized in the morning, as well as throughout the day and into the evening is making sure our cells are receiving the energy they need. When our cells are energized, we humans get our juices flowing. One problem, though, is that each morning, we depend on a quick fix to get us moving – a quick burst or jolt of energy that will last a while. But a quick fix is not a long-term solution, and thinking long term means turning to, as symptomfind.com puts it, natural energy supplements that keep us going, without having to give our natural batteries a caffeine jump.
Natural Supplements That Can Boost Our Energy LevelsLet's take a look at some of the nutritional supplements known for enhancing our energy stores, but let's skip over coffee and, for this purpose at least, not even go there with those caffeine- or sugar-laden energy drinks that make promises of turning us into the bionic man or woman for a few hours before the inevitable crash. Make it a point to discuss with a healthcare professional how best to add any of these to your daily regimen, thinking long term over quick fix:
- Acetyl L-carnitine. This biochemical carries fatty acids into the mitochondria of cells, where they are to be converted into energy, per globalhealingcenter.com.
- Amino acids. These include creatine, which is key to building muscle (think powerlifters) and reducing fatigue while also increasing energy.
- B vitamins. Eight different vitamins belong to this family, and all of them are key to good health, to include high levels of energy.
- Bee pollen. It has been called one of nature's super foods, and the numbers add up to that conclusion – bee pollen contains 22 amino acids, 21 minerals, 18 enzymes, and at least 16 vitamins, per symptomfind.com. Plenty of energy to be sourced here.
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This substance, also produced by the body, is necessary for the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a major energy source of cells, per symptomfind.com.
- Gingko biloba. You know how it has long been said that in order to get going in the morning, we need to get our blood flowing? Well, there is a lot of truth to that, and gingko biloba, a potent antioxidant, helps in that regard by improving blood flow, per globalhealingcenter.com.
- Ginseng. Because it acts as an adaptogen, this popular herb can help our bodies adapt to increased levels of stress, per symptomfind.com. Ginseng was also found to boost the energy levels of Russian cosmonauts. Researchers conducting a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, per globalhealingcenter.com, found that treating chronically fatigued patients with Panax ginseng experienced increased energy, to include a big boost in cognitive function. Obviously, a lot of good comes from ginseng.
- Iodine. Also found in seafood among other dietary sources, iodine is used by the thyroid to form the two hormones – triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) – that regulate all of your body's other hormones.
- Magnesium. In a study conducted in North Dakota, per webmd.com, it was found that women lacking sufficient magnesium in their bodies showed higher heart rates and required more oxygen to perform physical tasks than they did once their magnesium levels were replenished.
- Oak straw extract. As doctoroz.com describes it, oak straw extract is a robust energy booster that gets it done without caffeine or sugar – no midday crash to worry about here.
- Royal Jelly. This is what you get when bees mix honey and pollen back in their kitchens (hives), concocting a potent natural energy supplement.
- Tyrosine. This amino acid contained in such foods as eggs and smoked salmon has shown success making people feel more alert, per doctoroz.com, while also showing a capacity to ramp up one's physical and mental energies.