Does the right diet give you more energy?
A lot of research is being conducted around the area of “eating yourself healthy”. Studies are being done to see exactly how certain foods affect the metabolism and brain chemistry in order to make us feel better and more alive.
Exactly how does food give me energy? Well, this happens in different ways. Certain foods supply us with more calories, whilst others help us burn calories more efficiently, and some give us caffeine boost.
What gives us that feel-good sensation is when we eat food that doesn’t make our blood sugar levels spike, and also those that trigger the brain to release endorphins.
Include enough carbs in your diet:
Carbohydrates? Those things that all the new diets warn us against? Yes, those things are what gives your body the oomph it needs. The key is to avoid the “bad carbs” like sweets, soft drinks and white bread.
The carbs that your body wants and needs are found in things like whole-wheat bread and brown rice.
The reason for this is that different carbs take different time periods to be absorbed and used by the body. Whole grains take a lot longer to be absorbed, thus they give you sustained energy over a longer period of time, without that sudden drop in your blood sugar level that makes you feel like you just ran a marathon.
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So what should I eat?
Cashews, Almonds, and Hazelnuts
These are excellent sources of protein and magnesium, which are needed to convert sugar into usable energy. Other foods that help boost your magnesium levels are bran cereals and fish.
These contain a mineral called Selenium, which seems to help improve your mood. Selenium can also be found in meat, seafood and bens, but in smaller doses than in Brazil nuts. Do take note that too much selenium can be harmful.
In order to increase the chemicals Dopamine and Norepinephrine in your brain, you need to get some tyrosine in your body. This may sound like some sort of illegal drug, but it is simply an amino acid which can be found in food such as lean beef, lean pork and skinless chicken. These are also a good source for some natural B-12!
Omega-3 fatty acids as found in salmon and other fish, are known to help with a healthy heart. Current research suggests that these fatty fish – along with nuts and leafy greens – might also act as an anti-depressant aid.
Leafy Greens and Veggies
Although I do not want to sound like your mother telling you to eat your veggies, they are actually good for you in so many ways. Greens like spinach and romaine lettuce contain folate, which is a nutrient that seems to help lower the risk of developing depression. For a sweeter alternative, citrus fruits also contain decent amounts of folate.
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Dehydration is a big cause of energy loss. Even if you do not feel dehydrated, it may already be slowing down your metabolism and draining you of your energy. You should be drinking enough water throughout the day – even if you do not feel thirsty.
Fiber is there to help release your energy over a longer period. By eating foods like beans, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, you can have sustained energy throughout the day.
Getting your caffeine fix is the most used way to wake up and boost your energy, but this is a short-sighted solution. In order to make it more effective, drink smaller cups more frequently instead of one mega – frappe-something-ccino once a day.
Note that you should find a balance between drinking enough coffee to keep your energy levels up, but not too much that you can’t sleep at night.
Many people drink tea to relax, but the funny thing is that it also has relatively high amounts of caffeine. The good thing for all you tea-lovers is that you can swop out your coffee for a cup of tea in order to recharge your energy.
Still on caffeine trend, we can add dark chocolate to the list. But what makes it even better is that dark chocolate contains a stimulant known as theobromine which can also help boost your mood!
If you skip out on breakfast in the morning, you can only blame yourself for being tired during the day. You have the opportunity to start your day off with some protein in the form of eggs, which you can put on a nice piece of whole-wheat bread, alongside a bowl of fresh cut fruit, bran cereal and nuts. Along with a hot cup of coffee or tea, you are so jam-packed with energy that you can face any challenge the day throws at you.
If you find that you become tired in between meals, try breaking them into smaller meals, every 3 to 4 hours. This can help you keep more stable energy levels.
Energy Drinks and Gels
Unless you are doing an intense mountain bike race or trying to stay up through the night, stay away from energy drinks or quick-energy gels. These will give you a lot of energy for a short while, but when your blood sugar level drops you will feel even more tired than before.
Exercise for Energy
Studies have shown that even exercising for 15 minutes a day can substantially lift your mood and increase your energy levels.
If you need to keep your blood sugar levels steady for optimal energy, take the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal. This product contains Galactomannan, which help to retard the uptake of glucose from the food to blood stream, helping to regulate blood sugar, curb food cravings and suppress appetite.
If you need a further energy boost, take the Manna Energy Boost Supplement. The Carnitine, Magnesium and Guarana blend of this product can give you an energy boost without an insulin spike.