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   Almost everyone has had days where they just didn’t have the energy to get out of bed or just couldn’t wake up. What about around 2 or 3pm when you feel like you need a nap. Our body’s natural rhythm goes up an down, where we have higher periods of energy and periods of relaxation. The problem occurs when more energy is required than we feel like we can give. This is about the time where people use energy drinks, pills, coffee, or soda to try to increase their energy levels. However the problem with these products is the sugar and caffeine may pick you up for a couple of hours but by the time your energy is drained you are more tired and less focused than before you took them. There are natural ways to increase your body’s energy levels. Implement some of these steps into your daily life and see what a difference they can have on your energy levels.

1) Get regular sleep
The body needs between 7-8 hours of sleep a night to rest and rejuvenate. If you don’t get enough sleep each night you are bound to notice the effects the next day. Try to go to bed at the same time each night. By doing this your body will get into a pattern. This will allow your body to get restful sleep. That’s not to say you can’t stay up late one night, however you cannot expect to wake up refreshed. 
2) Avoid sugar and caffeine drinks 
Our body uses proteins to create energy. When we drink or eat sugary and caffeinated foods our energy increases momentarily. However, when we come down off of the sugar and caffeine our energy level is depleted and lower than when we ate these products. Therefore, when your energy is low its is better to eat protein. You don’t have to eat a lot, a glass of low fat milk, a piece of cheese or a handful of nuts will increase your energy greatly. Your body will break it down and use it all up without storing it. Add more protein into your diet daily and you will notice the difference immediately.

3) Take a power nap around lunch
Even if you just close your eyes and let your mind drift you will be refreshed for the afternoon.  Anything longer than 10 minutes will make your body want to sleep. Just try to take your mind off work and relax. This will make you feel more refreshed to continue your day.

4) Drink more water and liquids
Americans are in a constant state of dehydration from filling up on coffee, tea, and sodas with caffeine.  This is very stressful to the kidneys and can cause irritation to the bladder.  Keep a sports bottle filled with your favorite flavored water or just plain water and keep it with you at all times. We are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Remember our bodies are primarily made up of water. We must replenish the water that our body gets rid of through sweat, urination and body function. Always carry water with you so you will never go without.

5) Exercise regularly
When we don’t exercise our bodies become weak and our muscles atrophy. This can cause a break down in the bodies functioning. Even if you exercise through your daily routine such as using the stairs instead of the elevator or parking farther away this will improve your heart and maintain strength and metabolism. Doing something is better than nothing! Try to get into a routine so if you miss it one day you will notice the difference and never want to skip it again.

6) A joke a day keeps the doctor away

Seriously, laughter has many beneficial effects on the body.  The brain chemicals for experiencing pleasure, happiness, and peace increase with good, hearty laughs.

7) Avoid confrontations and situations with negative people
You know who they are.  They are not going to change but they will bring you and your mood down.  The complainers, gossipers, and generally unhappy souls we all have to deal with on a day-to-day basis drain our energy if we allow them. Be polite but avoid arguing or getting hooked into listening to their constant problems.

8) Take regular, daily supplements of the highest quality

Our food and diets simply do not meet the amounts needed for maximum health.  There is a difference between avoiding nutritional deficiencies and optimum performance. Your doctor can help you determine which supplements you are lacking. Always remember to check the label to see the quality of the product. Pharmaceutical grade products usually have a better quality than something off the shelf of your local supermarket.  If your unsure about the quality ask your doctor or local pharmacist to check for you.