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7 Foods to Eat for More Energy

January 04, 2018

When you’re in a slump, it’s easy to forget to use your diet for more energy.

The truth is most fatigue is self-limiting, caused by lifestyle factors like poor diet, stress, and overwork.

Usually, the best solution for fatigue is in your garden or refrigerator.

Foods for High, Vital Energy Every Day

1. Water

Your body needs water more than it needs food. Making up almost three-fourths of the body, every cell is regulated, monitored, and dependent on adequate water.

A dehydrated body is a tired body with poor elimination, stagnation, and congested toxins.

Strive for 5-8, 8 oz. servings of pure water daily for high energy and detoxification support.

2. Protein

Next to water, protein is your body’s most plentiful substance. All body tissues depend on protein for healing.

A lack of protein means low stamina, poor immune response, and slow healing.

Many people load up on carbohydrates for quick energy, but skip on healthy protein.

Make sure your diet is balanced, with a healthy protein source with each meal.

Protein foods like beans, lentils, organic eggs, and poultry, nuts, or seeds are good choices for better energy.

3. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (raw foods)

A lack of enzymes from fresh foods is a primary reason why people are tired today. Enzymes are catalysts for every body process.

As we age, our internal enzyme stores are gradually reduced. Therefore, we need more enzymes from fresh foods to keep our energy high.

Include 5-7 servings of fresh vegetables and fruit daily for more daily energy. What’s a serving?

One serving is about 1⁄2 cup of chopped veggies, 1 cup of leafy vegetable, 1 medium piece of fruit, or 6 oz. of fresh fruit or vegetable juice.

4. Green Superfoods

Green superfoods like spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass, and barley grass are energy powerhouses.

They are higher nutrient sources than fresh fruits and vegetables.They are rich in antioxidants for anti-aging and energy benefits.

Skip the energy drink or mid-day coffee, and opt for a green superfood drink instead.

Just add 1-2 tsp. of a high quality, green superfood powder to juice or water.

You may be surprised by what an energy boost this diet change can produce!

5. Green Tea

Tea is the most popular beverage in the world. Green tea, especially, offers a mental boost against fatigue, but without the acidity or high caffeine of coffee.

L-theanine in tea crosses the blood-brain barrier and stimulates production of alpha waves, which promote relaxation without causing drowsiness.

If you’re concerned about caffeine, keep in mind that green tea only contains about 30 to 35mg. of caffeine per cup compared to 110 to 135mg. per cup of coffee.

6. Maca

Maca is a cruciferous vegetable that is extremely high in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids for energy and vitality.

Maca is so effective for energy that herbalists actually recommend consuming maca before 3 pm so it doesn’t interfere with your sleep.

Maca can be added to nutritious smoothies with fresh fruits and vegetables (see Energy Food #3), yogurt, or baked goods.

Just 1 tsp. of gelatinized maca is a good daily dosage.

7. Dates

Dates are a great energy food, high in minerals like potassium, iron, and magnesium.

A lack of minerals is a major contributor to muscle fatigue, especially for athletes who lose minerals through sweating.

In addition, just 4 dates provide 25% of daily fiber which fights constipation, another cause of fatigue.

While dates contain natural sugar, they are well tolerated in moderation.

Include dates in moderation as part of a healthy diet, but make sure you are eating high protein foods (see Energy Food #2) for balance.

Don’t Give Up Before the Miracle Happens

If you have been in an energy slump for a long time, give your diet changes time to work.

Some people experience a return of energy right away, while others need time to build a healthy foundation.

Actively choose foods that nourish vitality, rather than drain your energy.

Try stress relieving therapies and smarter work practices if stress or overwork are at the root of your energy problem.

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