Boost Your Energy!

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It looks like someone needs an energy boost! Try eating smaller portions and giving your body the nutrients it needs throughout the day. You should see a big difference.

Have you been feeling lethargic lately?  Do you want to curl up in your bed and fall asleep immediately after work?  Nutrition is one of the most basic and important fixes for low energy levels.  What you eat may not be what you are, but it definitely reflects the way you feel, especially when it comes to having a good amount of energy to carry-out your day.  Here’s some logical advice on how to boost your energy the right way – through your diet.

The first piece of advice is to keep track of your blood-sugar level.  This should be especially monitored if you feel tired after meals.  Do you ever get that post-lunch “crash” while you’re at work?  This is most likely do to what you’re eating at these meals.  If you tend to eat a lot of processed foods and carbohydrates, your blood sugar levels are going rise quickly, which is always a good feeling initially.  But, when insulin enters your system, your body will experience a “crash” effect, as your blood sugar levels plummet quite quickly.  So, how do you avoid this experience?  One good way to do it is to eat smaller portions more frequently throughout the day (and, of course, they need to be healthy).  Big meals are not beneficial for your body, so try having a mid-morning and midday snack to keep you from eating large portions when it’s time for a meal.

Next, keep vitamin B in back of your head at all times.  Vitamin B is one of the most important vitamins to intake when it comes to boosting your energy levels.  This is because B vitamins correlate with energy at a cellular level – they turn glucose into ATP (the fuel that our cells use to function). Consuming foods like broccoli, asparagus, brown rice, and eggs have high levels of vitamin B and will leave you feeling energized for hours after you eat them.

The last nutrient to be sure you’re getting enough of if you have low energy levels is magnesium, which is involved with more than 1,000 enzymatic reactions in your body.  After vitamin B turns glucose into ATP, magnesium turns ATP into MgATP, which is the only way our bodies can put the ATP into use.  MgATP make ATP biologically active, so without it we would not experience the full energizing effect.  Magnesium can be found in most green vegetable foods because they contain chlorophyll.  Other magnesium-rich foods include fish, bananas, and nuts.

So, the moral of the story is to eat healthy if you want to feel more energized.  For more information about which type of foods you should eat to feel completely energized, read this article published by The Telegraph.

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