The Best (Natural) Energy Drinks For Guys

Whether you were up late playing Tetris or threw back one too many cocktails, sometimes you need an energy boost. These (natural) drinks can give it to you.

By Camille Lamb

Kombucha ($3-$5 per bottle) is a fermented tea with a goofy name that advocates say helps with everything from energy to digestion to hair loss. It’s made by taking a batch of brewed tea, adding sugar, and feeding the mixture to a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (S.C.O.B.Y.), which sounds and kinda smells like a science experiment, but is really just a probiotic — live microorganisms thought to be beneficial to the host organism. It’s an acquired taste (read: you might think it tastes like sh*t at first), and you can pick it up at grocery stores. Or you can go all Dr. Frankenstein and create your own kombucha drink.

Asai juice sort of fell out of favor after one too many get-rich-quick scams overhyped the health affects. (“You mean it won’t make me lose 40 lbs. in 18 seconds!?”) But acai berries are a great source of antioxidants, and many report immediate energy increases after drinking the concentrated juice. Buy acai juice ($8) and rip a daily shot, or buy packets ($56 for 28) of raw frozen pulp of the berry in your favorite smoothie or protein shake .

The lite version of Give relies on agave nectar and stevia, a natural and calorie-free sweetener, instead of the synthetic sweeteners like aspartame (Equal) or sucralose (Splenda) that are used in many soft drinks and zero-calorie energy drinks. (Standard Give drinks use pure cane sugar.) Along with providing energy, Give also donates 10 cents from each can purchased to sustainable energy initiatives like solar cells and wind turbines.

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