How many times have you felt so tired that you just wanted to take a quick nap so you could make it through the day? Do you feel worn out, stressed, overwhelmed by your every day duties? Do you get enough of sleep? Well I have a solution for you! Foods that you need to give your body energy and keep you going through the day!
Environmental toxicity puts a great deal of stress on the body, as well as the demands and needs of our families, and all the pressures of our jobs. It’s no wonder most of us are just plain exhausted. So we need all the help we can get to boost our energy and keep us going.
Foods That Will Help to Boost Your Energy:
1. Quinoa: Like other whole grains, quinoa is rich in fiber and lower on the glycemic index. This supplies your body with a steady stream of energy instead of short-term peak. Quinoa is also very rich in vegan protein as well in lysine. Lysine is an amino acid that is often scarce in a plant-based diet. It has B complex vitamins that are known to help your body cope with stress.
2. Banana: Bananas are rich in potassium which can help to fight off fatigue and help with nerve and muscle function. Potassium isn’t stored in your body for long-term periods, so your reserves can drastically drop with stress, strenuous exercise, or excessive sweating – which can definitely contribute to energy loss.
3. Water: One of the first signs of mild dehydration is lack of energy. Make sure you drink 8 glasses of pure water (non-chlorinated) each day. It is essential that you have enough water to properly absorb nutrients and for your digestive system to function properly. This will help with reducing fatigue.
4. Walnuts: Nuts are rich in Omega 3 and Walnuts are at the top of the list. They are a great source of plant-based protein, which feeds muscles and provides energy. Walnuts also are a great food to support your mental state and clarity, which helps you stayed focused.
5. Dark chocolate: Cocoa is the main ingredient of dark chocolate and is a known anti-oxidant that is a better alternative than a highly sugary treat. Dark Chocolate has special compounds that can quickly boost your energy levels. Just a reminder: do not to over-indulge, because it does contain sugar, fat, and a substance that mimics caffeine.
6. Beans and legumes: They are rich in protein and fiber. Legumes are very filling, and can give you sustained energy levels. Since they also contribute to lower bad cholesterol, while boosting your energy, it makes them a healthy choice for any meal at any time of the day.
7. Leafy greens: Leafy green such as kale, spinach, Collard greens, Swiss chard, and certain lettuces are known for their amazing detoxing effects. They are also rich in minerals and easy on the digestive system, and can help to supply your body with essential nutrients that it needs to keep your energy high throughout the day.
Taking a few minutes each day to meditate or do deep breathing is also important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and can help boost your energy levels while lowering the stress in your life.
If you want to support a healthy mind and body, you need to supply your body with the right nutrients and fuel. Our bodies are a gift from God so how we take care of it is important if we want to live a long and healthy life. Eating organic and local harvest are the best choice so that your body gets the healthiest and most nutritious foods. That means pesticide free, preservative free, no GMO, or artificial dyes or additives. We have one body, so let’s do our best to treat it with respect and care!
Marla Gates is the owner of organic4greenlivings.com. Marla worked for over 10 years in healthcare, which helped her understand the dramatic need for changes in our society and how we view what healthy actually is. Her mission is education and awareness, so that people can make healthier choices and ensure a safe world for all of us to live in. Since she has suffered from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), for 20 years or more it has given her the first-hand knowledge on what chemicals and pollution can do to your health. So come join her, read her blog and learn how to live healthy and green.