Side Note: I am pleased to share this guest post by Tara Heath, a talented journalist who loves to write about health in any shape or form. If you enjoy the post, please feel free to like and share!
If you want to avoid those afternoon energy slumps at the office, take care to pack a better lunch! The foods you eat can either zap or fuel your energy levels, so pay more attention to them. Here are some healthy superfoods that will sustain your energy throughout the day so you can continue taking over the world.
Choose Good Carbs!
It’s a myth to think that all carbohydrates are unhealthy. The truth is that there are good carbs which should be making their way into your diet because they are a source of energy. How can you identify good carbs? Look at fibre content! Good carbs contain fibre in them that boost your energy and maintain it throughout the day. This is because they are slower to digest. Instead of reaching for processed foods that will make your sugar levels spike (in other words, bad carbs), get more constant energy flowing through your body with naturally fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, oats, sweet potatoes and legumes.
The bonus is that good carbs also lower your stress levels by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. So if you’re experiencing less energy because you’re stressed to the point of feeling exhausted, carbs can be the perfect pick-me-up.
Eat Your Water
Natural foods that contain water are a must to consume daily, especially since food makes up 20 percent of our daily water intake. Studies have found that if you stay hydrated this has a positive effect on your brain, helping you concentrate and remain full of energy. Some of the foods with the highest water content include cucumbers, watermelons, grapefruit and lettuce. Besides for high-water foods, be sure to drink water throughout the day. Even just a bit of dehydration can lead to lower levels of sodium and potassium in the body, which zaps your energy. Carry a bottle around with you so you can sip water whenever you’re on the go.
The great thing about adding more superfoods to your diet is that they often contain antioxidants which fight free radicals. This is not just important for warding off disease but also because free radicals are draining to our bodies, resulting in health issues such as fatigue. Antioxidants are found in foods that are as natural as possible, so head to the fruit and veg aisle during your grocery shopping trips. Choose foods that are naturally colorful – think carrots, blueberries and kale – as this is an indicator of their high antioxidant content.
Feel Energized with B-Vitamins
Vitamin B is crucial to health and energy levels. It transforms the food you eat into energy so that you can continue rushing through your day without feeling drained or hungry. Eggs are a great source of Vitamin B, with the bonus that they also provide you with protein for a powerful session at the gym. Other Vitamin-B foods to add to your diet for sustained energy are sunflower seeds, tuna and Swiss Chard.
Vitamin B12 is especially important out of the B-vitamins when it comes to energy. Not getting enough of it can lead to lethargy as well as other symptoms. So, if you suffer from an overall lack of energy, you need to make changes to your diet so that you get enough of this vital vitamin. You can easily find B12 in animal sources such as poultry, seafood and dairy products. If you’re vegan, eat fortified cereals and consider a dietary supplement to ensure that you gain this nutrient daily and so that tiredness doesn’t have to get in the way of your day.
Start eating these superfoods today to increase your energy levels, get more done and feel recharged.
About Tara Heath
Tara Heath is a skin care professional that works as a freelance writer in the evenings. Her focus is on beauty and health, which includes skin care, dieting and fitness.