Too Hot to Move? Try These 10 Tips to Boost Your Energy This Summer

Heat and humidity can drag you down. Bounce back with these strategies chase away fatigue fast! (11 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:42PM

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Too Hot to Move? Try These 10 Tips to Boost Your Energy This Summer

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Wake Up and Smell the Citrus

Summer’s unrelenting heat and humidity are physiological stressors, and they can dampen your brain’s ability to produce mood-elevating beta waves. But inhaling the sweet, tangy aroma of lemon, orange or any other citrus can kick-start beta wave production, raising your alertness and energy levels by 50 percent or more within two minutes, says Alan Hirsch, M.D., medical director of Chicago’s Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation.
Try it: Open a bottle of citrus essential oils (available in health food stores) and inhale deeply. Or enjoy a half cup serving of the fresh fruit! “Be sure to savor the citrusy smell while you eat, so the odor molecules can actually reach, and stimulate, your brain,” says Dr. Hirsch.

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