Green living – Natural energizers

Jackie Randall
We all know that feeling of  “running on empty” when we have almost no energy to do anything. These moments seem to occur often during finals time and one way to help increase our energy and stay alert is through energy drinks.

These energy drinks, however, can be sugary and full of caffeine, which may not be the best choice for your health or the environment. Despite how effective energy drinks may be, they are not the healthiest thing to drink. Some also come in aluminum cans, which are not always recyclable.

Try something that is different, cheap and uses less wasteful packaging. During these next few weeks, try some other types of energizers that are natural and environmentally friendly. There are many different kinds of natural energizers and these are not only easily accessible, but taste better than energy drinks.

The first is a no-brainer: Water. Many times when our bodies feel tired or fatigued, all we need is water. Drinking ample amounts of water will help your body feel better and less weak.

The next natural energizer is bananas. As we all know, bananas are a great source of potassium. According to the World’s Healthiest Foods website, a lack of potassium can cause people to lose energy due to less glycogen in the body.

Another source of potassium is apples. Apples help maintain blood pressure and the heart rate, as well as regulate water levels in the body. These energizers are also great because they contain natural carbohydrates.

Honey is another pick-me-up for the body. It contains 17 grams of carbohydrates in one tablespoon and also helps maintain muscle glycogen, which stores our energy.

Grapefruit is also a well-known natural energizer because it helps regulate the metabolism and blood sugar levels.

These are not the only natural energizers. There are many different natural foods that can help increase your energy and promote good health while simultaneously reducing your environmental impact. For more information, visit or

Do you have a favorite natural energizer to use during finals week? Let me know at

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