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Avoid the Afternoon Slump: 7 Ways to Boost Energy Levels Naturally

written by Guest Blogger May 16, 2013

Everyone of us has cycles, and our daily energy levels is just one example. If you can’t take a nap when your body tells you it needs one, why not try one of these natural tips by guest blogger, Caitlin Sammons from www.timetocleanse.com?

When energy levels plummet in the late afternoon, it can be hard to concentrate on your to do list. Many people will reach for a boost of caffeine or sugar in order to curb the afternoon energy slump. However, there are healthier, more natural methods to boost your energy levels and improve your concentration.

Here are seven ways to boost your energy levels naturally:

Eat a Protein-Rich Lunch

Skipping lunch can leave your blood sugar levels low, making you feel tired and cranky. By eating a healthy, nutritious lunch, such as protein-packed quinoa or lean chicken, you can stave off mid-afternoon sugar cravings and maintain an even energy level throughout the rest of the day.

Hydrate

Dehydration can make you listless, tired, and unable to concentrate. By drinking six to eight glasses of water per day, you can stay hydrated and reduce the risk of becoming even slightly dehydrated. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty.

Take a Walk

Stretching your legs and getting some fresh air can instantly perk you up and get your blood flowing. A brisk walk will improve your circulation and help you get more of the oxygen your brain needs to properly function.

Avoid the Lunch Cocktail

Having a beer or glass of wine at lunch may seem like a good idea at the time, but it will leave you feeling groggy and slow later in the afternoon.

Don’t Turn to Sugar

Candy or soda will cause your blood sugar levels to spike, making you feel less tired in the moment, but the effects won’t last long. Blood sugar levels will drop just as quickly and leave you right back where you started.

Have a Healthy Snack

Eat some fresh fruit, such as an apple or banana, or reach for a protein-rich option, like hummus or peanut butter. These snacks will naturally boost your energy levels and won’t cause the same crash that sugary options do.

Put In Your Headphones

Listening to your favorite artist can help you focus and make you feel more energized. Create a go-to playlist for the afternoon slump that you can plug into and get pumped up.

If you’ve tried all these tips and still are suffering from the dreaded afternoon slump, it might be time to go to your doctor. Certain medical conditions can cause drowsiness, such as vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, insulin resistance, or hypoglycemia.

About the Author

Caitlin Sammons is a writer and contributor to various natural health websites, including timetocleanse.com. On the timetocleanse.com website are a range of resources to help people restore natural balance and create a clean, lean and healthy body. The full range of Isagenix nutritional cleansing products are available to buy online. 

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