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All the reasons why energy drinks are bad for you — and healthier ways to boost your energy

Between schoolwork, homework, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs and college preparation, most teens lead busy lives. With so much to accomplish, teens may turn to energy drinks to help them stay awake and focused. But What is inside energy drinks? Are energy drinks really bad for teens? TKN reporter Nicoles investigates in our next report below:

Here are some extra ways to boost your energy during the day without energy drinks:

1. Fix your sleep habits

A lot of teenagers tend to sleep late, which leads to either sleep deprivation or the opposite by waking up late. Regardless of what it is, fix your sleep habits!

Start sleeping AND waking up early!

By sleeping well, you are giving your mind and your body the rest it needs to continue hustling the following day.

2. Drink more water

What’s the only nutrient that has been shown to enhance performance for all but the most demanding endurance activities? It’s not some pricey sports drink. It’s water. If your body is short of fluids, one of the first signs is a feeling of fatigue.

3. Eat healthy food

Chips or salad? Cookies or oatmeal? Ice cream or strawberries? I’m guessing that you chose the first option for at least two of them.

However, if you’re looking to feel more energized throughout the day, without a sugar rush, it helps to eat more healthy food.

Eat foods that contain good amounts of protein and fiber. You should also try to avoid sugary foods because they may energize you at first, but they will lower your blood sugar, leaving you feeling fatigued.

Some good foods to eat are nuts, yogurt, whole grains, and like my mom says, green stuff.

4. Lighten your load

The reason why you may feel less energized lately may be because you have too much to do. You may feel fatigued because you are working 24/7 and trying to be done with task after task. This may include personal, school, professional, or social issues.

To reduce your load, it helps to streamline your list of “must-do” activities. Set your priorities and first do the things that matter the most to you. If something is not as important to you, schedule it to do later or if it doesn’t even matter, don’t do it at all.

Along with this, remember that it is always okay to ask for help from another person, like your sibling, parent, co-worker, or teacher!

5. Manage your stress

Lightening your load and managing your stress kind of go hand-in-hand. If you have too much work on your hands, you may be stressed out. So, if you think that you are stressed because of the amount of work you have, I highly recommend setting priorities.

Besides that, it is very important that you manage your stress to gain energy throughout your day.

Your stress can have a significant impact on your body and mind.

To help relieve your stress, you should start exercising, being more social, meditate, and do whatever works for you! Being more social and exercising .

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