Do you always feel tired? Fatigued? Have mental fogginess?
(Gabie Falconer- Chiropractor)
It may be what you’re eating or what you’re not eating!
When your energy is low, we tend to reach for that cup of coffee or a handful of sugary sweets to provide us with a quick boost, however these effects tend to be short lived and set us up to crash later on.
The types and amount of foods we eat play an important role in our everyday energy levels. Think of your body like a brand new sports car- Would you put dirty fuel into it and expect it to run efficiently? No.
To help fuel your body it is vital to include foods rich in protein, magnesium, copper, complex carbohydrates, riboflavin, B-vitamins– these important nutrients help to convert food into energy, neutralize toxins and create energy production.
Here are some of the best fuels to help you perform at your best all day:
EGGS – Contain the highest complete form of protein in any food – 97% can be absorbed by your body. Muscle re-building amino acids can all be found in an egg too. Egg yolks are naturally rich in B-Vitamins, which are responsible for converting food into energy. Insufficient B Vitamins can lead to fatigue, irritability and poor concentration.
ALMONDS– containing magnesium and B-vitamins to assist in converting food to energy. According to research, people who have low magnesium levels tend to tire more quickly especially during exercise due to the role magnesium plays in energy metabolism. Almonds are also rich in manganese and copper which keep energy flowing throughout the body by neutralising toxins within the cells.
PEANUT BUTTER– Packed with healthy fats, protein and fibre- peanut butter helps suppress hunger and keep your blood-sugar levels stable.
BANANAS– Filled with fibre, B vitamins and potassium, these natural snack promote sustained energy and muscle function. Because they are composed mostly of natural sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) they are a great source of energy.
MELONS- cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon aren’t just bursting with energizing vitamins and minerals. With 90 percent of their weight coming from water, they fight fatigue by keeping you hydrated. Mild dehydration can significantly affect your mood and energy.
GREEN TEA- Rich in L-theanine, an amino acid that makes you feel alert and invigorated. L-theanine may also protect against energy -robbing illnesses like the common cold or the flu.
QUINOA– A complex carbohydrate and protein rich with many essential amino acids- allowing you to feel fuller longer and boost your energy levels!
BEANS– Beans are digested slowly, allowing your body to feel full, satisfied and have lasting energy. Beans also contain protein and fibre to help process meals through the body.
WATER– Drink up- the main reason a lot of us are feeling sluggish and run down is because we are dehydrated!
Remember these are just a guideline of some of the foods you can choose from to help give your body the energy it needs, there is a plethora of foods available that give your body an array of nutritional benefit. Do not rely on one specific food for your energy needs. Balancing proteins, fats and carbs is important to keeping you feeling fuelled all day long.
Remember that we are only providing general advice, and you should always seek personalised professional help.