As we age, fatigue can become to play a factor in our daily lives. Energy fatigue can be the result of many factors such as disease, depression, stress and just everyday living. Did you know that the types of food we put into our body can greatly effect our energy levels throughout the day? Our brains need a steady supply of nutrients and the right foods can make all the difference on whether we hit that 2pm crash or if we charge hard until our head hits the pillow at the end of the day. You want to focus on foods with a low glycemic index such as protein and fiber and avoid foods with a high glycemic index like sugar and carbs.
Here are five foods that will jumpstart your day, and keep you energized and focused for optimum production.
Eggs-A great way to start your day. Protein has a glycemic index of almost zero so it’s a great way to fuel your body for energy and it improves your mood!
Healthy Tip: Have your egg with a whole grain bagel and some lean meat. Skip the coffee, you have enough energy to start your day.
Nuts-Nuts are rich in protein and magnesium. Magnesium plays a key role in converting sugar into energy. Being low on magnesium can drain your energy.
Healthy Tip: Carry a bag of your favorite nuts with you throughout the day. Eat them as a snack and they will increase your energy and will also keep you full so you’re not thinking about food.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables-These are full of fiber and fiber keeps your energy steady throughout the day. They reduce the risk of fatigue and depression and will keep you hydrated throughout the day.
Healthy Tip: Have a salad for lunch. It will energize you for the rest of the day. If you’re really hungry, feel free to top it off with your favorite lean protein. Get your dressing on the side to reduce calories.
Dark Chocolate-Now we’re talking. Who said that we have to skip the good stuff? A little bit of dark chocolate can boost your energy and mood. Dark chocolate contains caffeine and a stimulant called theobromine that gives you a quick boost.
Healthy Tip: Have a few squares late in your day. Perhaps with a handful of nuts. You will finish your day strong.
Water-Hydration is key! Even mild dehydration can sap your energy. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Your energy will remain steady and it will decrease hunger which can reduce focus.
Healthy Tip: Carry a refillable water bottle with you. This way you can hydrate as needed. Also, replace your sodas and energy drinks with water. It will pay off in increased energy and great health.
These are only a few foods that will help with your energy. Experiment and discover what foods work best for you. Nutrition is only one way to help you increase your energy throughout the day. Don’t forget that exercise for the mind and body, proper sleep and reduced stress will also play a big role with your energy levels. I always love feedback so if you would like to share your energy tips please feel free to comment.
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