How To Stay Awake At Work

February 14, 2013 in General Health by T Ghalayini

It’s early morning and you just sluggishly made your way to the office, you are about to pour yourself a cup of coffee – Congrats, you have hit our no. 1 option on how to stay awake at work list:

Caffeine

Since I’ve already dedicated a whole post to caffeine (again this means coffee, tea and chocolate), I’m going to spare you the details here.  However, if you are someone not sensitive to caffeine, you might like to try these other options

Eggs

I know more than a few guys will be happy to hear this, because its probably the only relatively “fatty” food on this list and among other posts. Eggs have had a bad reputation,  but this has been over-hyped. The truth is that eggs are basically protein and cholesterol, the good news is that having 4 or fewer eggs per week has not been found to increase heart disease <share this. Now if you are someone with high cholesterol it is advisable to skip the egg yolk (the yellow part for those that don’t know, and that’s the part with the most cholesterol). Have this for breakfast – Win-Win! you get your protein fix and your awesome energy boost for the day! Not only that, egg yolk even contains antioxidants that are beneficial to the heart, and can help keep you fuller longer (obviously the protein part helps with this).

Apples, Bananas, and Blueberries

Not only are these delicious, but apples are full of fiber (which means they’ll keep you fuller longer, I feel like a broken record here), bananas are loaded with potassium(some studies show that a potassium-rich diet actually helps in lowering cholesterol so double score here!), and blueberries are stacked with antioxidants. All three contain fructose which is a natural form of sugar that your body can easily break down for energy. Pair these up with walnuts and you have a perfect brain food mix!

Oats

Whole grains in general are a good source of unrefined carbohydrates – and while all carbs will give you an energy boost, whole grain carbs will give you energy over a longer period of time. Oats in particular are full of B vitamins which not only boost energy, but are great for improving mood.

Nuts

This post discussed how they are great snacks, and one of the reasons is their good “fat” content i.e omega 3 and omega 6. These also qualify in this post because they aid in mental alertness.

Simply Water

Add a slice of lemon for the added vitamin C. You might think is an obvious one, but there are a lot of people who forget to drink (yours truly is an example) and dehydration will definitely sap you energy levels.

Your bosses and your bodies will thank you for taking these pointers into consideration during work hours. I call commission dibs on your next raise!

T

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