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Do you know where your body's energy comes from and how to sustain it? Take our energy boosters quiz and find out.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Vitamins can actually boost your energy.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While vitamins won't necessarily provide a rush of energy like sugar or speed up metabolism like caffeine, think of them (especially the B vitamins) as the keys that unlock energy stored in your cells. If you're deficient, you could feel sluggish, irritable and foggy. Getting enough through your diet or supplements can help.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking plain water has no effect on your energy levels.

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The correct answer is: This is false. One of the first signs of dehydration is fatigue, so drink up to replenish your energy.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What do endorphins have to do with energy?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Endorphins are chemicals that can help reduce feelings of pain, promote feelings of happiness, control appetite, release sex hormones and support the immune system. The higher your endorphin levels, the less pain and fewer stress effects you feel, which can lead to more energy.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of the following activities can increase endorphin levels?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can trigger the release of endorphins. Exercise, meditation, and listening to music can release them as well.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Exposure to bright light can increase alertness and boost brain response time.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A 2006 study found that brief exposure to bright light (about 20 minutes) can increase alertness and brain performance.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Low levels of thyroid hormones are linked to low energy.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland produces too little or no thyroid hormones. It is typically treated by replacing the thyroid hormone. Most of the time this is successfully done with a daily dose of oral levothyroxine.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How long should a power nap be?

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The correct answer is: Research shows that a midday nap of 30 to 60 minutes can improve your ability to learn a new motor skill and can reverse information overload. An hour-long snooze can actually boost performance back to early morning levels.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these habits can zap energy?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The stimulants in tobacco can make it hard to sleep, increasing fatigue. And a lunchtime cocktail is a sure ticket for a mid-afternoon slump. Eat snacks and small meals throughout the day to maintain steady energy.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Simple sugars can actually drain energy.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Often referred to as "empty calories," simple sugars -- found in cakes, pies, cookies, soda and more -- are rapidly absorbed, spiking blood-sugar levels for an initial energy high. This triggers an insulin reaction, driving levels back down and creating fatigue.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is glycogen?

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The correct answer is: Glycogen is a storage form of glucose. When you haven't eaten in a while and your body needs glucose, it converts glycogen into glucose for fuel.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can sap your energy?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Getting enough sleep and exercise and taming stress can boost your energy.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

How does deep breathing improve energy?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. In addition, deep breathing can reduce blood pressure and help you sleep better.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Caffeine increases your brain activity, alertness, attention and energy.

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The correct answer is: The answer is true. Moderate amounts of caffeine can improve alertness, attention, energy and even reaction time. But too much caffeine can have the opposite effect. If you find yourself having headaches, insomnia or fatigue, try cutting back.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of the following potentially unhealthy side effects does caffeine have?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. But for most healthy adults, moderate amounts of caffeine -- 200 to 300 milligrams a day, or about two to three cups of coffee -- pose no physical problems.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

How much caffeine is in a typical energy drink?

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The correct answer is: The average amount of caffeine in an energy drink can top 200 mgs per bottle or can.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should avoid energy gels if you have diabetes.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Energy gels are typically a concentrated mix of simple and complex carbohydrates designed to provide energy during endurance sports. While gels are considered safe for most people, they are not recommended for those with diabetes and other blood sugar disorders.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Carbohydrates are the body's main source of energy.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Carbs should comprise 50 to 60 percent of your total caloric intake.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

For constant energy, which of the following foods are the best carbohydrates?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Fruit is another good source of carbohydrates. Avoid refined carbs from heavily processed foods. These can actually make you lose energy as your body rebounds from a spike in blood sugar.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a simple carb?

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The correct answer is: An apple is an example of a simple carb. If you need a quick energy boost, simple carbs are okay. But for sustained energy you should try complex carbs like whole grains and starchy vegetables.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these scents can boost energy?

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The correct answer is: Peppermint can give you a mental boost, increase circulation, revitalize your mind and make you feel energized. Lime and citrus scents work, too.

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