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8 Quick Ways to Look Fresh for Your Party

You're hosting a dinner or party, but feel an energy slump coming on. Instead of giving in to your sugar cravings, try these simple steps to recharge fast.

1. Go for walk

The women who walked briskly for 70 minutes a week (or just 10 minutes a day) have 18 percent more energy than their sedentary peers after six months. When you get moving, blood flow and metabolism are stimulated, which revs you up. Three 10 minutes walks meet your exercise needs for the day.

2. Drink lots of OJ

Women who lacked vitamin C did much better on treadmill tests after they were given extra vitamin C daily. They felt better and had more energy. Vitamin C helps produce carnitine, a molecule that helps the body burn fat for energy. Besides orange juice, eat C-rich foods such as kiwi fruit, raw red or green bell peppers and broccoli.

3. Open up your curtains

Sunlight increases your level of serotonin, a hormone which helps elevate your mood and decrease fatigue. So open your blinds and let the light shine in. Even turning on bright lights will help. Better still, head outdoors for a 30 minute dose of light.

4. Get wet

Take a drink of water, that is. A tall glass of cold water, bottled, tap, or fountain, it doesn't matter, can really refresh you. Adding lemon or lime can also perk you up.

5. Snack smart

If you weren't fortified well at breakfast and lunch, have a snack. Good options include fruit, trail mix with nuts, or whole wheat crackers with low fat cheese.

6. Tea time

Studies show a steaming cup can help you reboot your brain. If you're feeling scattered, try black, green or oolong tea leaves which contain the amino acid thiamine.

7. Iron up

Women deficient in iron often feel lethargic. This mineral is a must for energy because of its role in transporting oxygen via red blood cells. Spinach, soybeans, and lentils are iron rich sources.

8. Take a nap

Squeeze in a 10 to 30 minute power nap. Turn off the phone and rest your head on your desk. You may wake up feeling a little groggy, but you'll feel a surge of energy within half an hour.

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