5 Natural Energizers
by Alfredo López Editor GFN, LA West Coast on February 8, 2012 at 02:00 PM EDT

Lately, I’ve found myself extremely occupied, and drained of energy because of that. As tempting as sugary products are, I prefer healthy options because… they’re healthy! So what are some of the healthy alternatives we can choose from?

According to honey.com, honey is a great source of carbohydrates. A tablespoon of honey provides 17 grams of carbohydrates! Honey helps maintain muscle glycogen-that’s our reserve energy source. This is great for endurance training and a great source to help stay awake during class-or whatever stationary scenario you might find yourself in. I’ve also tried bee pollen and it’s as equally effective as honey.

Drinking water might not seem like the number one source for energy, but truth be told, we sometimes feel weak because we’re missing water. Sometimes sugary can’t even fix fatigue, our bodies need water, and the body is mostly made up of water, drink water!

Consuming grapefruits not only is a great source of energy, but it’s also a great way of regulating your metabolism and blood sugar levels. Studies by the Nutrition and Medical Research Centre at Scripps Clinic have also shown that grapefruits help as a fat burning tool-this makes eating grapefruit even more encouraging!

Apples are a great source of energy-let’s be real, everyone loves apples! So where does the apple’s energy come from? They have potassium, and potassium helps regulate our heart rate and blood pressure by working with our sodium so we can have a maintained water balance-which kind of goes back to how water gives us energy.

Bananas are one of the most popular foods for potassium intake. According to The Worlds Healthiest Foods website, the lack of potassium cause people to drop glycogen-and as previously stated-glycogen is our body’s reserve energy source. It might sound bananas, but bananas are a great natural energizer-sorry, I just had to say something with bananas being bananas.

Of course don’t overload on these, too much of anything is never good. I personally like to carry some of these around when I go out, or have them next to me when I’m gaming. As for honey, I like to carry little packs during long runs.

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