6 Natural Energy Boosters That Actually Work

6 Natural Energy Boosters That Actually Work

Stave off an energy slump with these easy, effective fatigue-fighters!

By: Maressa Brown

No matter if it’s early morning or that 3 p.m. slump, suffering for lack of energy can throw a serious wrench in getting on with your day. Though we tend to think of caffeine as the go-to solution to our low-energy woes, it’s not always the best choice -- especially later in the day when it could interfere with sleep. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine last year found that caffeine consumed even 6 hours before bedtime resulted in significantly diminished sleep quality and quantity. That said, it makes sense to seek out alternatives, and thankfully, there are quite a few other ways to fight fatigue! Here, 6 surprising, natural energy boosters.

1. See the world through orange-colored glasses – If you find yourself struggling to pull yourself away from your TV, laptop or smartphone at night, you may be inhibiting production of melatonin, a sleep hormone essential to getting a good night’s rest. But by research published in the journal Chornobiology International found that wearing orange or amber lens during screen time for up to two hours before bed can do wonders to restore restfulness, so you can be powered up in the a.m.

2. Slice a kiwi – Talk about a super-snack! The little, fuzzy, green fruit happens to be jam-packed with nutrients -- like 2.5 grams of fiber and twice the vitamin C of an orange -- to give you an energy (not to mention immunity) boost and keep you feeling full. One study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science found that two kiwis a day upped subjects’ levels of vitamin C, which in turn, bolstered their energy -- and mood!

3. Pop some gum – Research published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience in 2010 found chewing gum boosted alertness, reaction times, and also improved selective and sustained attention. Turns out, the action amps up your heart rate and levels of the energy-sustaining hormone cortisol.

4. Sing it, sister – Who says belting out your favorite tune has to be reserved for the shower? A study published in the British Journal of Medical Psychology found that singing by yourself increases energy and decreases tension -- almost as much as if you were to sneak in a cardio workout, like swimming!


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5. Light it up – Sunshine is a natural energizer, of course, but it’s not necessarily the most reliable one! For that reason, upon waking, do your best to find and spend as much time as you can in the brightest light you can possibly find. One tip to try: Try a bedside lamp with a bluish white compact fluorescent bulb (marked daylight or 6500K). This can mimic morning light and activate your circadian system.

6. Get spicy – The therapeutic powers of aromatherapy are numerous, but researchers from West Virginia's Wheeling Jesuit University found that sniffing peppermint and cinnamon in particular can increase energy. Consider trying this one out on a road trip: research shows the scents are particularly helpful for boosting drivers’ alertness.

What have you used to naturally boost energy throughout the day?

Maressa Brown is a senior staff writer for
The Stir. She loves writing about and reading up on health/fitness, relationships, and pop culture – preferably on a beach somewhere.

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