Although coffee has multiple health benefits, some people have low tolerance for caffeine, while many caffeinaholics are looking for a way out of their addiction before they overdose. If you’re looking to perk up after a sleepless night, caffeine isn’t the only natural source of energy.
“An apple a day…” goes the old adage. While apples contain zero caffeine, they have more sugar than a cup of brewed offee, and it’s the good kind of sugar. Fructose, the natural sugar found in apple, has a relatively low glycemic index, so it won’t give you the rapid sugar rush followed a sugar crash that happens when you have those sweetened coffee shop drinks.
Feeling tired and sluggish? Perhaps that’s a side effect of mild dehydration. If you’re looking for a quick boost, try chugging down ice-cold water with your vitamin pills. Cold water first thing in the morning can kick the gears in your system, while sipping H20 throughout the day will help keep you awake and alert.
3. High-energy snacks
We’re not talking about just any junk food or sugar-laded treats. Choose healthy snacks with protein and good carbs that fight fatigue and give you overall energy throughout the day. Our top choices: whole wheat bread or crackers with peanut butter, yogurt with fresh fruits and nuts, raw vegetable sticks with low-fat cream cheese or cottage cheese dip, DIY granola bar and trail mix, fresh bananas, turkey or tuna sandwich, and low-fat popcorn.
4. Vitamin B
Vitamin B deficiency can cause fatigue and poor concentration. If you don’t like taking too many supplements, increase your intake on Vitamin B-rich food like lean meats, soy, nuts, seeds, eggs, and fortified cereals.
5. Herbal extracts
When purchasing non-caffeinated tea or supplements to help you stay awake, look for the ones with ginseng, ginkgo biloba, schizandra berry extract, ashwagandha, and cayenne pepper. Ginseng and ginkgo biloba increase blood flow and reduce stress, while the other mentioned herbs help boost energy and mental alertness. As with any supplement, it’s best to consult your doctor before trying them out.