5 tips to boost your energy without caffeine or energy drinks

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by 3TV

GMAZ interview by Gina Maravilla, Kaley O'Kelley and Javier Soto

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 29 at 12:00 PM

PHOENIX -- Are you struggling with low energy? You're not alone. The energy-drink industry is proof of that.

Dr. Asa Andrew explained three of the most common reasons for low energy and shared some things you can do to give yourself a boost -- without caffeine.

Top reasons for low energy

  • Adrenal fatigue (low functioning adrenal glands)
  • Nutritional deficiencies (poor diet, fast food, food allergies)
  • Emotional or physical stress

Ways to increase energy
1. Get blood work done with your doctor

2.Eat more fat!

  • Nuts, avocados, fish oil
  • Increases energy levels
  • Supports healthy hormones

"Fats don't make you fat," Andrew said. "We need the [good] fats."

3. Exercise 30 minutes a day, five days a week

  • Proven to raise energy levels

4. Consider supplementing with vitamin B5 and vitamin C

  • Supports adrenal gland health

5.Get some R and R

  • Take one full day of rest every week and do minimal activity; just hang out
  • Remove toxic relationships from your life

Known as America's Health and Lifestyle Coach®, Asa Andrew, MD, is a national best-selling author, radio and TV host, and founder of Diagnosis HOPE, a nonprofit dedicated to health education and supporting the uninsured. For more information visit www.DrAsa.com.

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