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.
Next time your mind feels a little sluggish, hum your favorite tune. The vocal cords are connected to the vagus nerve, a key communication pathway linking the brain and other parts of the body (like the heart, lungs and stomach). Humming creates vibrations that stimulate the nerve, which spurs the release of acetylcholine, a compound that quickly clears away brain fog to sharpen thinking. For an even stronger vibration (and bigger mental boost), open and close your mouth while humming your favorite Motown song.