Food and Fatigue: Energy-Boosting Foods

Since the majority of our energy comes from the foods we eat, eating the wrong foods can leave you fatigued, sleepy and sluggish.

 

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Fatigue can be brought on by any number of things, but can often be remedied or aided by a proper diet of energy-boosting foods.

Energy-Boosting Foods 

Complex Carbohydrates, such as potatoes, brown rice, whole grain breads and pastas, are fiber rich and release sugars slowly in the blood, keeping your blood sugar levels and digestive system regulated and toxins and waste out of the body. When fiber is introduced into the body, you start to feel full

Fiber-Rich Foods, such as beans, raisins, bran, whole grains and green, leafy vegetables, break down slowly in the digestive system, meanwhile keeping your hunger down and your energy levels up. Fiber is one of the most important parts of your diet, and vitally important to your energy and metabolism.

Bananas are full of potassium, which is known to increase one’s energy. Bananas are especially beneficial to athletes and other very active people, who need bursts of energy before a performance. Since bananas release their sugars slowly into the bloodstream, athletes can play harder for longer periods of time.

Nuts are great sources of magnesium, which raises energy levels. Nuts also contain healthy fats and proteins that sustain the body for long periods between meals, so that energy isn’t lost before the next mealtime.

Fruits and Vegetables are an obvious choice to boost your energy. Not only does their water content play a huge part, but they are loaded with life-giving phytonutrients, amino acids, antioxidants and flavonoids that are revving up your metabolism and energy levels and protecting your body from disease to boot.

Water is essential for proper hydration and function of every one of your body systems. Most of your body is made up of water, and when water levels are low, sluggishness will definitely set in. So you should be consuming water constantly throughout the day to rejuvenate yourself and make your body really come alive.

Dark Chocolate is not as bad as people think. It’s actually derived from a plant source, and provided it’s in its purest form and without being processed, it is pretty good for you. The caffeine in dark chocolate is really what gives you the burst of energy that you need, and you don’t need to consume a lot of it to get that effect.

Strangely enough, for some people, caffeine has the opposite effect; instead of an energy boost, they get drowsy instead. So if caffeine has that effect on you, try another one of the foods on this list that is caffeine-free.

Shrimp and Fatty Fish – Shrimp and fatty fish are high in omega-3 oils, which increase serotonin production and give you a euphoric feeling that gets rid of depressed moods.

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