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How to Keep Your Energy Level Up

  • Don't skip meals, especially breakfast.

  • Get regular exercise.

  • Eat high-energy foods, including whole-grain breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables.

  • Avoid fatty foods. Fat takes a long time to digest and makes the body feel sluggish.

  • Sugar's OK, but don't overdo it.

  • Get a good night's sleep. Getting even an hour less than you need can result in slower mental functioning.

  • Drink plenty of fluids. You need to drink the equivalent of a half-gallon of fluid a day.

  • Coffee and tea will give you a lift -- in moderation. Caffeine is a stimulant.

Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia M.S., M.S.N., APRN
Date Last Reviewed: 12/1/2003
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