What are some healthier options to commercial energy drinks?

Tod Cooperman, MD
Health Education

If you need a boost, an energy drink isn't the only option. In this video, consumer healthcare specialist Tod Cooperman, MD, reveals healthier alternatives.

There are better -- and safer -- ways to stay alert than drinking energy drinks. Some even involve caffeine -- just moderate amounts.
  • Start with a cup of coffee in the morning. Morning exercise is also a great energy booster.
  • To avoid the midday slump: try eating a high-protein snack. Think small serving of cheese with some fruit, or peanut butter on crackers or whole grain toast. This will boost your energy without making you feel too full or sluggish.
  • If you're really dragging, try my Nap-a-Latte technique: Drink a small cup of coffee and follow it up with a 25-minute nap. The combination will curb drowsiness without overdoing it on the caffeine and risking disruption to your nighttime sleep. Make sure to do this before 3pm.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Commercial energy drinks are often loaded with excess sugar and calories. In this video, weight loss expert and Dr. Oz show guest Lisa Lynn shares three healthier alternatives that can keep you hydrated, boost your energy and rev up your metabolism.

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