Energizing Power Foods
In this world where life moves a mile a minute, its hard not to let exhaustion get the better of you. At 3pm do you catch yourself crashing from your morning rush? I definitely do... No wonder there's a coffee shop popping up on every city corner. We will do anything to stay focused and fight fatigue. Before you order that third cup of coffee try adding these three fit and energizing foods into your daily meal plan. This way you can give your body a natural boost without the comedown. Not a morning person? Add these satiating lifesavers to your oatmeal, smoothie or yoghurt.
Apples are not only a great source of instant and natural sugar, they also are compact with the flavonoid (or antioxidant compound), quercetin. Antioxidants are compounds that help delay or slow the oxidative damage to cells and tissue of the body. Quercetin also proves to be a natural sustained and prolonged energy source that in this case also tastes delicious. You can also find quercetin in onions and green tea.
Add some crunchy texture to any meal along with the natural revitalizing benefits of magnesium. Magnesium is needed to break down glucose into energy along with aiding in 300 other biochemical reactions in the body. People with magnesium deficiencies require more oxygen and therefore expel more energy to do basic physical tasks. The recommended daily intake of magnesium is around 300 milligrams for women and 350 milligrams for men. Other magnesium rich foods are dark leafy greens and brazil nuts.
Who knew? Dehydration is one of the main culprits of lethargy and sleepiness. It makes sense since 60% of the body is made up of water and everything in your body uses water to run smoothly and keep cool. There are times where all of the sudden I'll realize that I haven't drunk water for a couple of hours...whoops. Sometimes all it takes is one tall glass of water to get me out of my midday fog and back on track. I personally try to drink around 5 glasses of water a day... more if I'm in a hot climate or very active. Keep a water bottle near by so you are reminded to stay hydrated and alert.