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Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy

Updated on May 24, 2010

As a mom of four kids I know all about being exhausted.  I don't like to resort to medicine, so I try to naturally boost my energy.  Over the years I have found some things that truly do work and I thought I would share them with you.

  1. Eat a balanced diet.  Humans are omnivores and we are meant to eat a wide variety of foods.  Make sure that you eat from all the food groups each day so that your body will be healthy and balanced.  Also make sure you eat frequently.  Do not skip breakfast and make sure you eat a snack if you are going longer than four hours between meals.
  2. Avoid sugar.  Sugar causes a rush of energy, which is nice, but then you typically crash shortly after the rush.  These constant ups and downs can wreak havoc on your energy levels.  Try to limit sugar and keep it steady throughout the day and you will find your energy levels to be more even.
  3. Exercise.  You should force yourself to get outside and get some exercise each day.  The sun and the movement will give you a burst of energy and lift your mood.  I know it is hard to do when you are tired, but it will really benefit you in the long run.
  4. Drink lots of water.  I particularly love to have a glass of ice cold water with a half a lemon squeezed into it each afternoon.  It is so refreshing.  When we are dehydrated we lose energy quickly.  Caffeine will give you a quick boost of energy when you really need it, but try not to depend on it all the time.
  5. Get enough sleep.  I spent years not sleeping through the night due to the kids, but now that life is somewhat back to normal my energy levels are too.  Lack of sleep hurts our bodies in so many ways.  Everyone is different, but I am guessing you know your body and about how much sleep you need.  For me it is eight to nine hours.  Make sure you get what you need as often as possible.
  6. Eat enough protein.  Protein is a long lasting source of energy because it takes our bodies longer to digest than other foods.  If you are a vegan or vegetarian, make sure you get complete protein sources each and every day.  Protein is the best food you can eat for boosting your energy.
  7. Decrease stress.  Stressful situations exhaust us.  Sometimes there isn't much you can do about this, but you should try to cut out areas of your life that are particularly stressful.  Really evaluate the things you do each day and figure out where you can make your life easier.
  8. If all else fails see a doctor.  There are many medical reasons why you might be exhausted all the time, including anemia and thyroid problems.  If lack of energy is a constant in your life no matter what you do, then it is time to talk to a professional to figure out what is going on.


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      KNOWLEDGESEEKER79 6 years ago from APPOMATTOX V.A.

      WOOOOW! I am so glad i ran across your hub...i am also a mother of 4 young oldest is 7 and i am constantly feeling i will take your suggestions and put them to good use and let you knw how it goes...Thnx

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      great and useful hub! I would add: live every moment of the day with intensity and avoid, where possible, the things that we do not like to do.

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      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      You are so right. # 3 is the hardest for most people. It is true that if you force yourself to get our and exercise you always feel better afterward.

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      alfaizi 7 years ago from somewhere in southeast asia

      like your 5. get enough sleep, but I think I sleep too much.

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      Jennifer 7 years ago

      Healthyhanna - then you should see your doctor.

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      HealthyHanna 7 years ago from Utah

      And if none of this works? Then what? Caffeine is the only thing that works, and I refuse to become dependant. Augggggggg, I hate being tired.

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      1st Class Travelr 7 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Thanks for the advice...I appreciate the ideals you have to offer...Great Hub!

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      GRivers 7 years ago

      Great tips! Just what I need. Thanks much!

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Great tips. Exercising always gets me going

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      Wonderful tips here, I like how you focus on being healthy and not relying on caffeine.

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      JenDobson27 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great information Jennifer! I'm getting myself back on track with eating a healthy, well balanced diet, exercising every morning, and trying to get enough sleep. It's kind of been a shock to my system making all of these changes at one time, but I've got an accountability partner and I'm going to keep up with it this time!

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      peacefulparadox 7 years ago

      Most definitely, stress will sap one's energy. I also take Coenzyme Q10 (over-the-counter supplement). It is an anti-oxidant and is also supposed to boost energy. It is a natural substance found in the mitochondria of cells. The mitochondria is the "power plant" of your cells. Organs with the highest energy requirements usually has high concentration of CoQ-10. As people age, their levels of natural CoQ-10 decreases.

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I have the most trouble with forcing myself to go outside! I even have a swimming pool and love to get in the water, but it just seems like a hurculean effort to make myself get out there. Any suggestions?

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Great info you've got here! I think everyone should follow your steps for a good, healthy lifestyle.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      These are all so true ma'am :) All you need is just doing those consistently and you'll be fine! Thank you so much!

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      suny51 7 years ago

      Yes Jennifer you are right, doctor is the last thing in such matters,you have so many options open that, the nature has provided to us, besides a little bit awareness.Thank you.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      Very true and good advice!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      This is a wonderful hub with more than helpful advice. We a lot of doing these things because life is really hard. Thank you for your informative hub.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Jennifer, Great healthy tips! Water with lemon can be quite refreshing as a healthy thirst quenching alternative!

      "Really evaluate the things you do each day and figure out where you can make your life easier" Wonderful advice! Thank you for sharing, In His Love, Peace & Blessings!