Power Up With Complex Carbs
Make complex carbs the focus of your meal. According to a study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, complex carbs, including those found in whole grains, fruits and veggies, left subjects feeling more energetic. And the shot of glucose they provide can be brain fuel.
Grab a Cold Shower
A study conducted by Nikolai A. Shevchuk and posted on the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health website suggests a three-minute cold shower could help combat fatigue.
The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition says mild dehydration can make you drowsy. When the eyes get heavy, chug a couple of glasses of water.
Although it may sound backward, exercise gives you more energy. According to an article on WebMD.com, experts say a 10-minute walk can boost energy, which can last as long as two hours.
Some say a 10- to 20-minute power nap can recharge you. Studies by the National Institutes of Mental Health say a one-hour nap helps reverse information overload, but assists in retaining what you've learned.
Then Power Snack
Nutritionist Keith Ayoob, EdD, RD, an associate professor at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York and author of "The Uncle Sam Diet," told WebMD.com that a small snack that includes protein, a touch of fat and fiber can be a big help. According to Ayoob, the carbs deliver a quick pick up, the protein amps your energy and the fat makes the energy last longer.
A Whole Latte Energy
In the same article, Ayood suggests bypassing a cup of coffee and making it a low-fat latte. The milk, he explained, transforms the coffee into a protein drink for added energy.