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Special Reports April 2014 Issue

What Can You Really Do to Feel More Energetic?

Skip the energy drinks, bars and pills. Here are six things that actually do make a difference in boosting your energy.

Who hasn’t wished for more energy at one time or another? Whether you’re feeling the effects of hectic modern life or of aging, it’s only natural to sometimes think your “get up and go” has gotten up and gone. Little wonder, then, that food, beverage and supplement companies have filled supermarket shelves with products promising to “boost energy.” So-called “energy drinks,” introduced only 17 years ago, today represent a $12.5 billion industry. “Energy bars” rack up more than $700 million in annual sales. Dietary supplements promise “timed-release energy,” “energy therapy” and “energy revitalization.”

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