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Better Ways to Get More Energy

Energy Drain: Caffeine and Energy Drinks

Caffeine revs you up -- until it leaves your system and you crash. It's best to stay away from it, and to avoid energy drinks. Try not to get more than100 milligrams of caffeine a day. That's about how much you'd get in:

  • Two 12-ounce sodas
  • One 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee
  • One shot of espresso (It’s in coffee drinks like lattes and cappuccinos.)

Downing more caffeine raises your risk of sleep troubles. And that can lead to a nasty cycle of being tired the next day only to turn to caffeine again to perk you up.

Energy drinks may seem like a good idea, but they tend to perk you up for a short time. They’re loaded with caffeine and as much sugar as a regular soda. When those wear off, your energy level will crash -- leaving you anxious, nervous, and restless. And too much caffeine can make you dehydrated, which can make you feel sluggish and cause headaches.

Energy Bump: Water

Make this your drink of choice instead. It will help keep you alert, focused, and moving easily. Drink enough of it so that your pee is barely yellow.

Water, which is naturally calorie-free, is cheap, too. Fill up a reusable water bottle to cut your costs and help save the planet.

What about sports drinks? Although they can help keep you hydrated, they have extra calories and sugar you don't need, unless you're working out for more than an hour.

When you feel yourself dragging, remember that you can get more energy without crashing later. The best ways are to get enough rest, be active, eat well, and drink plenty of H2O.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on June 08, 2018
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