Tuesday, March 27, 2012

High Energy Giving Foods

    I need more energy and I'm tired.

    Does this sound like you?

    If so, I bet when you feel like this, you normally grab a soda or a candy bar to give yourself a quick boost of energy. Hey, you're busy, I know. We all do it. That's why there's a vending machine in many office buildings and workplace break rooms. They know we are going to run out of energy and need a quick pick me up.

    We know that we probably shouldn't be selecting that small bag of potato chips and a chocolate almond bar, but we tell ourselves we need something to tide us over until dinner. In fact, food does provide energy, it's just that junk food doesn't give us the best source of food energy.

    What should I eat to have more energy?

    Here's a list of natural foods that will provide your body with energy and stamina:

    Orange and other citrus fruits - Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and grapefruits provide vitamin C as well as minerals and fiber. Try not to peel away too much of the white bitter rind, because it’s got lots of good stuff!

    Oatmeal - Oatmeal has the type of fiber that keeps our blood sugar levels stable and whisks away bad cholesterol from our bodies. Aside from being nutritious, it’s great for keeping us “regular.” Old-fashioned oatmeal is best but, if you’re in a rush, quick-cooking oatmeal is heaps better than sugary cereals.

    Berries - Berries are rich in nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals. They not only give energy, but they also help fight aging. Who doesn’t want that?

    Yams/Squash - Yams are packed with vitamin C. They also help balance hormones and blood sugar levels. Squash promotes healthy circulation and good digestion.

    Grains - Grains like millet, buckwheat, rye, barley and wheat contain healthy B vitamins and contribute to a steady flow of energy.

    Sprouts - Any type of sprout that has been germinated is good for revitalizing the body. They also contain antioxidants, protein, trace minerals and fiber.

    Peaches - Peaches are great for a quick boost of energy, as well as, helping the body eliminate toxins and regulate bowel movements.

    Vegetables - Fresh vegetables (especially green ones) contain a range of energizing B vitamins, iron and magnesium. The best of these are: broccoli, spinach, and asparagus.

    Wheat Grass - Wheatgrass is chock full of nutrients, in fact, it contains 25 times the nutrients of vegetables. Many people drink shots of wheatgrass juice as a general health booster. You can also find it in powder form.

    Sunflower Seeds - Crunchy, nutty and plentiful, sunflower seeds are rich in protein, iron, vitamin B, zinc and magnesium.

    Water - And finally, water. Our bodies are made up mostly of water, and dehydration can cause mental fuzziness, fatigue, headaches, crankiness and other symptoms. When you start feeling any of these, drink a glass of water.

    In general, foods that contain water, complex carbohydrates, phytonutrients and fiber help sustain our energy. Which means more work done and a higher quality of work.

    Of course, getting enough sleep and regular exercise are necessary as well.

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