Get a Natural Holiday Energy Boost

The holiday season brings a lot of cheer - with a major side of stress. Need some extra energy to get through it all? Here are my best tips to keep you powering through work parties, family gatherings, and last-minute shopping.

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Drink the Right Kind of Caffeine

It's so common, in fact, almost cliche, how often people instinctively hit up their local coffee shop or brew a pot of coffee when their energy is low. In fact, more than half of us drink three to four cups of coffee every day. It's time to put the coffee pot down though. When caffeine is abused, it damages your metabolism and hormone balance. On the other hand, caffeine, when used correctly, can be an excellent energy boost. When you overdose on it, it taxes your adrenal glands, stressing you out, leaving you tired and run down. The key with caffeine is to not consume more than 400 mg in a day. That's the equivalent to two strong cups of coffee. The healthier choice? Green tea. You will still get a caffeine boost, but green tea has been shown to promote fat oxidation at rest and is believed to prevent obesity and improve insulin sensitivity. Limit yourself to one or two caffeinated beverages a day, and drink one extra glass of water for each caffeinated beverage you consume.

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