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11 Ways to Boost Your Energy Without Coffee or Caffeine

Our go-to, midday energy boost is usually a cup of coffee or caffeinated tea. Though it probably gives you a good jolt, it is actually doing your body more harm than good and will eventually make you crash. 

*Related: 15 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Drink Caffeine

Eliminate all of the horrible risks that go along with drinking caffeinated drinks by boosting your energy natural ways. Some obvious things such as exercising, eating nutritious foods, and exposing yourself to sunlight will give you a boost. But other not so obvious things may do the trick, too.

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Feel the Burn

“Cayenne pepper can kick up some serious heat in your body! The capsaicin in cayenne pepper triggers your flight-or-fight hormones (called catecholamines) which get your body ready to fight or run away,” says Dr. Lisa Davis, chief nutrition officer at Terra’s Kitchen. “This causes a natural increase in heart rate and moves glucose to your muscles for immediate use.”

Keep your metabolism revved up with this spicy concoction: To 16 ounces of water, add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, a good squeeze of lemon juice, and one packet of stevia or a dash of maple syrup for a little sweetness, she adds.

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Matcha Time

“Need a Pick-me-up Before You Hit the Gym? Research on a group of untrained athletes found that the active component in green tea (and matcha) is EGCG, which increases exercise capacity (VO2 max),” Davis says. “A practical way to achieve the effective dose of EGCG is by making a latte from a scoop containing 3 grams of pure matcha powder (which contains 50-55 mg of EGCG per gram).” It makes a great smoothie, too!

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Pop a Piece of Peppermint Gum

"A British study found that people who chewed gum for 15 minutes felt more alert and were able to concentrate longer than those who didn’t pop a piece,” Davis says. “Choose a minty or peppermint flavor for an extra boost: studies have found this scent to boost processing speed.”

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Take a Laughing Break

“According to Dr. Michael Miller of University of Maryland Medical Center, watching funny videos were found to increase blood flow to your entire body,” Davis explains. “All you need to do is convince your boss that watching the latest funny YouTube video to go viral will give you an extra dose of brainpower for your afternoon meeting.”

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Assume Your Power Pose

"A 2010 study showed that when people took on ‘power poses’ – standing in various postures reflecting an outward energy, a confidence about them (regardless of whether they felt confident) – it increased levels of testosterone and lowered levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the brain,” Davis says.

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Postural Energy

"Our posture can affect how we feel and our energy levels, and vice versa,” Davis says. “Research studies have shown that: 1. When you sit up straight you have more energy than when you sit slouched, and 2. That two minutes of skipping versus walking in a slouched position can have a significant impact on our energy levels.” So sit up straight and walk tall, she adds.

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Massage Your Ears

According to traditional Chinese medicine, massaging the outer rim of your ear may help invigorate your entire body,” Davis explains. “To get energy flowing, vigorously massage your ear with your thumb and pointer finger. Rub up and down until the ear begins to feel hot, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.”

Bright Lights

Bright lights and sunshine are easy ways to boost your energy. “Light affects our circadian rhythm or biological clock in accordance with light and dark,” sleepacademy.org explains. “Natural light allows your body to understand it is awake.”

Eat Your Spinach

“Green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale are chock full of nutrients like B vitamins,” Davis says. “B-vitamins are known as the energy transfer nutrients because they play an important role in helping your body turn food into energy.” Your metabolism would be sluggish without B-vitamins facilitating this physiological process, she adds.

Beet Root

“Beet Root is a nitrate-rich superfood with antioxidant and detoxification benefits,” Davis says. “It has been shown to improve energy and stamina, increase exercise performance, and reduce muscle soreness after exercise.”

Aromatherapy

“Since prehistoric times, smell (olfaction) is a sense that helps us identify everything from food to mates and predators,” Davis says. “Thus, smells can provide sensual pleasure, as well as warnings of danger.” Fragrances can also affect our psychological and physiological state, she adds. “When it comes to increasing energy and alertness, rosemary, peppermint and [jasmine] all seem to do the job.” Tip: Try dabbing on an aromatherapeutic essential oil or use your favorite scented roller ball for a quick pick-me-up.

11 Ways to Boost Your Energy Without Coffee or Caffeine