If your get-up-and-go has gone missing this sunny season, try sipping ginger iced tea twice daily. Australian researchers report ginger can boost metabolism by as much as 20%. Credit goes to gingerol in the root, which is study-proven to increase circulation so cells can soak up more energizing oxygen. Plus, antioxidants in the spice switch on genes that burn fat, according to Stanford researchers. To get the benefits, steep a ginger tea bag in hot water for 8 minutes, pour over ice and sweeten with honey to taste.
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).