3 Tips to Kick Caffeine and Get Energized Naturally

3 Tips to Kick Caffeine and Get Energized Naturally

Use these tips to kick your caffeine habit and thrive using your natural energy.

It’s hard to think of a morning without a steaming cup of coffee, but believe it or not, you might not need it. With a few small changes to your daily routine, you could wake up ready to go every day!

Step 1: Deepen Your Sleep
An afternoon dose of caffeine may help you get through the rest of the afternoon with a jolt, but its effects could linger long enough to disrupt your sleep.

Caffeine intake and stress can interrupt your shut-eye, specifically the restorative rapid eye movement (REM) stage of the sleep cycle. REM sleep — or dream sleep — relieves stress, processes emotions and retains memories. Lack of this type of sleep can decrease your motivation and give you memory and/or concentration loss.

Adults in general need six to eight hours of sleep per night for optimum energy and brainpower during the day.

Step 2: Check Your Diet
Large daytime meals drain energy from your brain and muscles. Coupled with the fact that nearly 2/3 of the U.S. population is dehydrated at any given point due to not drinking enough water.

You can sidestep those effects by eating five to six small meals low in carbohydrates and high in protein during the day. Round out your nutritional intake with lots of fresh veggies and fruits (which contain lots of water) to help you get hydrated.


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Stay hydrated by substituting your coffee or cola for water (add some fruit for a tasty beverage), with a goal of drinking six 8-ounce glasses a day.

Step 3: Exercise
Working out may sound like the last activity you want to do when you're tired and have low energy, but it might be the best cure for your fatigue.

Regular exercise releases high levels of mood-enhancing, naturally produced chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin, which spark your energy and keep you upbeat and focused. Unlike providing the short rush of caffeine, exercise gives you a steady stream of energy, making you feel more awake and alert throughout the day.

If your busy schedule makes it difficult to fit in a full workout, take small breaks throughout the day to get your heart rate up. Climb the stairs for five minutes in your office building or take a quick stroll around the block to energize your body and brain. And, as always, be sure to consult a physician before participating in any strenuous activity.

With these small changes, you’ll be able to wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed and skip your morning cup of joe with an energy level that keeps you focused all day!

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