5 Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy As You Age

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Feeling tired? A little drained? Can't seem to get going in the morning and that second cup of coffee just isn't doing it? Don't worry — you're not alone. Two out of five Americans feel tired most of the week. You can combat feeling fatigued with these all-natural energy boosts. Just make sure to check with your doctors before you use these remedies.

Magnesium

As you age, your metabolism slows down, and this can make you tire easily. Magnesium plays an important role in energy metabolism. Try eating more nuts, green leafy vegetables, and whole grains to help ramp it up a bit.

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Peppermint oil

Commonly used in aromatherapy, this refreshing essential oil increases oxygen to the brain, which heightens focus and stimulates the mind. This is important for improving your brain health along with your energy.

Herbal teas

Sipping on an herbal tea can provide a temporary, all-natural spike in energy levels. Try a cup of green or rooibos tea.

Chia seeds

Essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) found in chia seeds help regulate glands, fight adrenal fatigue, combat inflammation, and even help you manage menopause.


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Water

It's easy to get dehydrated when you're older. If your body is short of fluids, one of the first signs is a feeling of fatigue. Follow the "eight by eight" rule and drink eight eight-ounce glasses of fluid a day. It will improve your energy and help you stay hydrated and healthy.

Amy Capomaccio is a health care writer at Aetna with experience in senior wellness, Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial health care. When she's not practicing new mindfulness techniques, Amy is spending time outdoors and traveling. Amy hails from Wakefield, MA and has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Tampa.

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