We all feel fatigue at one point or another, and some feel it more than others. While getting more rest at night, or even an afternoon nap, would be ideal, it’s not always possible. Instead of gulping down copious amounts of coffee or energy drinks, you might want to try to use these foods as an energy source.
Snacking on edamame (green soybeans) can help fight fatigue since they contain energy boosting B vitamins, including phosphorus, copper, thiamine, riboflavin, B6, B12, folic acid, and more. B vitamins are effective at stimulating brain function and circulation, and breaking down carbohydrates into glucose (which the body uses for energy). Edamame also provides a great source of protein, fiber, and low-glycemic carbs.
Melons such as honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon are great sources of B vitamins, fiber, and water to keep you hydrated. Hydration is important in keeping your energy levels up. Watermelons also contain an amino acid called citrulline that is converted into arginine when absorbed by the body. Arginine helps to improve blood flow.
Omega-3 fatty acids boost energy by reducing cellular inflammation. Eating fish is a delicious way to get your omega 3- fatty acid fix. You should choose small, oily fish at the bottom of the food chain, such as herring, anchovies, and sardines. Or you could go with a high-quality fish-oil supplement.
Nuts are a rich source of magnesium (which helps to break down glucose into energy) and protein. You may want to keep a container of nuts at your desk for a quick and easy energy boost. But be sure to avoid walnuts, which contain melatonin and can make you sleepy.
With quinoa, you’ll get a great, gluten-free grain filled with protein, complex carbohydrates, and amino acids to keep you feeling full and energized.
For some, dark chocolate may be an acquired taste, but it contains iron and magnesium, which will help to boost your energy. You will want to get a bar with less sugar and more cocoa (at least 70%). Added bonus: it’s not as addictive as milk chocolate.
Egg yolks are rich in nutrients like B vitamins, protein, and vitamin D. B vitamins are necessary for converting food into energy. Enjoy a hard-boiled egg as is or chopped up in a salad for a quick pick-me-up.
Pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, contain protein, healthy fats, fiber and minerals such as manganese, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. You can eat them plain or sprinkle them over salad or cereal. There are also pumpkin seed oil supplements available.
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