Do you ever feel your body is running low on fuel? Even though you try to get a full night’s sleep and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle but it just isn’t doing the trick. You seem to be tired and lacking energy for the simplest of tasks.
You feel miserable getting out of bed and go to sleep even more tired than the night before. What is it that you are doing wrong you wonder? How can you make this horrible lethargic feeling go away?
Well, for starters, look at your diet. Food is your body’s fuel. It runs on whatever you consume. If you fill yourselves with low quality ‘fuel,’ it’s obvious your body will have trouble starting. You need to be careful about what your diet as it will dictate your energy levels. Let’s look at a few energy increasing foods:
Eggs are high in protein and will provide you with abundant energy throughout the day. They are a very satisfying meal, and are rich in vitamin B.
Are an excellent source of carbohydrates and potassium which boost your body’s energy. They are the best food source when it comes to energizing yourself.
Many of us underestimate the importance of water. It constitutes 60% of our total body weight and is crucial for energy production. Dehydration is caused when you don’t drink enough water. This causes your body to feel sluggish and tired. Try to drink large amounts of water throughout the day even if you are not thirsty.
Contain Beta-glucan which is a soluble fiber that forms a gel like consistency when it is mixed with water. When this gel is present in the digestive system, it causes the emptying of the stomach to be late. Oats are rich in vitamin B, iron and manganese which help in producing energy.
Not only are lentils rich in protein, they are also a good source of energy boosting nutrients. They are legumes which are rich in fibers and carbs. These fibers delay stomach emptying and have a more control over the absorption of sugar levels. As a result a person feels fuller for a longer time.
We all know about the numerous health benefits of green tea. Its abundant antioxidants help with inflammation. It contains caffeine which increases your energy. L-theanine is also present in green tea which calms down the effects of caffeine such as anxiety. It helps in carrying out the process of energy production smoothly.
We all know that oranges are high in Vitamin C. In addition to this, they contain antioxidant compounds that help with oxidative stress. This process helps in reducing fatigue that leads to higher energy levels.
Don’t we all love beans? Other than giving you gas, they are extremely rich in carbohydrates, fiber and protein. They are a rich source of nutrients. Since they are digested slowly, they help in maintaining blood sugar level.
These are but a few food sources that are rich in minerals and vitamins that are essential for our body to remain healthy. We all should make an effort to make changes in our lifestyle to ensure a healthy and ‘full of energy’ body. Happy eating!