It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, fatigued and mindless these days. Stress, lack of sleep, and other factors can affect your ability to stay on top of things. Luckily, a wide range of Mother Nature’s foods and remedies are available and easy to implement for daily alertness!
Avoid Large Meals: If you eat a large meal packed with heavy foods, the chances of you staying alert decrease. Heavy foods can make you feel drowsy. Snack on fresh fruits and juices when hungry. Eat a small amount of chicken for an energizing boost in protein.
Beans: The dopamine effect of eating beans will supply the body with more energy and make you feel more assertive and alert.
Cold Water: A splash of cold water in the face is known to jump start alertness in the morning or late at night when drowsiness starts to develop.
Cold or Night Air: When drowsiness starts to attack your body, it is suggested to go for a brisk walk in the cold or night air. Usually, a 20-minute stroll will do the trick. Get pepped up by taking the dog for a walk. If walking is not your thing, take a short drive with the windows rolled down. Once you return inside, you will feel more alert.
Flaxseed: Keep your levels of healthy fats high with flax, which can improve your cerebral cortex. Try adding flaxseeds to your cereal, oatmeal or smoothies.
Fruit with Crunch: Throughout the day, munch on crunchy fruit to maintain brain energy for longer periods of time.
Organic Green Tea: A cup of organic green tea will relax the brain and encourage mental alertness. Double up on health benefits by brewing/seeping green tea with a dried fruit or herbs for a delicious blend. Be sure to source organic (vs. non) for teas, especially green, non-organic leaves are often treated with pesticides holding high levels of toxins such as fluoride. Make an benefiting elixir by adding 4 ounces of Aloe Vera juice for maximum taste experience while helping balancing your flora/fauna!
Ice Cube: Rub an ice cube across the length of your wrist and lower arm for a cool wake-up call to reload your alertness. Some people will run cold water over the underside of their wrists to increase their alertness. Or, in extreme fatigue situations tune into the Ice Cube station on Pandora!
Oatmeal: Eat a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with fresh or dried fruit to enjoy a boost of energy, as well as an improved memory and alertness.
Raisins: It pays to eat raisin bran if you want to experience a boost in brain energy that doesn’t come with a lot of calories or fat.
Salad: Boost brain energy with a salad that has added chicken or other high-protein ingredients.
Salmon: To stay alert, eat salmon to take advantage of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and niacin. Be sure to source wild (Alaskan Sockeye is the best) for ethical and sustainable reasons.
Walnuts: The omega-3s found in walnuts can help you stay focused longer and think more clearly.
Breathing Techniques: If you find yourself in a stressful situation, your levels of alertness are often affected. Learn how to take control with deep breathing techniques, which will help you to better concentrate and focus.
Stay Out of Bedroom: When pulling an all-nighter, stay alert by avoiding the bedroom. One of the worst things you can do is study in your bedroom since your body associates your bed with sleeping. Because of this, it becomes easier to get drowsy and your body will automatically start to shut down.
Yoga: Stress can affect your alertness, making relaxing activities (like yoga) a good way to refocus your energy. Start by a good 10-minute stretch, followed by 20 minutes of meditation. A good half hour mental “time out” filled with positive thoughts will help balance your energies for better clarity and endurance.