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The Doctors: 4 energy tips to put spring in your step

The Doctors

Feel as if you’re dragging yourself through the day? Exercise can help keep you energized, and so does getting enough sleep. But if you need a quick boost, these fast energy fixes can put some pep in your step:

Switch to a high-fiber cereal.

You’ll be less tired during the day, according to British research; you may also reduce your risk of depression and improve cognitive skills. One possible reason: Your body digests fiber more slowly, which can provide a longer-lasting energy supply during the day.

Go easy on the caffeine.

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, which provides that quick pick-me-up. But more than 200 or 300 daily milligrams of caffeine (the equivalent of two to three cups) may work against you: It can cause jitteriness, digestive problems and headaches. Stop for a mocha latte too late in the day, and the caffeine jolt can prevent a good night’s sleep.

Drink more water.

Even mild dehydration drains energy. It also reduces your ability to concentrate and brings down your mood, research at Tufts University shows. How do you know if you’re sufficiently hydrated? Doctors typically recommend eight or nine cups a day, but just make sure you drink enough so you rarely feel thirsty, and yes, check your urine – colorless or slightly yellow urine indicates adequate fluid intake.

Take a walk outside.

There’s no question regular exercise reduces fatigue – and studies have shown just a little can make a difference. Scientists at California State University found that a brisk 10-minute walk increases your energy level and sustains it for two hours; the more you walk, the peppier you feel. Step off the treadmill and head outside for an even bigger boost: A series of recently published studies shows that spending 20 minutes a day in the outdoors can significantly increase vitality.

THE DOCTORS is an award-winning daytime TV show with pediatrician Jim Sears, OB-GYN Lisa Masterson, ER physician Travis Stork, plastic surgeon Andrew Ordon, health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels and psychologist Wendy Walsh.

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