I’m sure you have heard ‘health is wealth’ and that statement is true. What you put into your body will definitely affect how your body will perform throughout the day. We live such busy lives and seem to need all the energy that we can get. A lot of the options that are offered to us for a quick fix of energy aren’t the best health wise. Here are some ways you can get the boost you need in the right way:
1. Leafy Greens - Eating super greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens all contain a good source of iron which allows your body cells to sustain their oxygen levels. Adding kale or spinach to a protein shake, omelet or even a salad can liven up your mornings and afternoons.
2. Nuts - Nuts such as almonds, pistachios, peanuts, cashews, and brazil nuts are very high in protein. Most people get an insufficient amount of protein throughout their days which can attribute to low energy levels. However, eating nuts throughout the day can increase your metabolism due to the high levels of fiber, monounsaturated fats, vitamin B and magnesium. They will keep you going and going and going across the finish line.
3. Balanced Diet - Eliminating foods high in sugar and salt can make a significant difference in your body’s ability to maintain its energy. Sugar will only give you a temporary high and after a while, your body will crash; too much sugar will cause fluctuations in the body’s natural ability to produce its own sugars.
4. Wheat grass - Wheatgrass is a very beneficial natural way to boost your energy for the entire day if your taste buds are up for it. It contains a well balanced amount of nutrients such as vitamins A, C & E, magnesium, antioxidants, and amino acids. Wheatgrass can be purchased from local health markets and grocery stores that sell it. If you have a sensitivity to gluten, then wheatgrass is something you may want to skip, but if not, a shot of this each morning will surely get the juices flowing.
5. Bananas - Bananas are a good, power-packed snack you can take anywhere. They are full of vitamin B6 and potassium, which are good for boosting your energy after a great work out. You can also eat bananas with yogurt or granola for a good source of protein and fiber.
6. Salmon - Salmon is not only delicious, it’s packed in Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s are what the doctors call the “good fats” that improve the heart, your blood pressure and can help lower your cholesterol.
7. Sleep - Sleep! The one thing that we can’t seem to get enough of each night, is the one thing that our bodies need to be able to thrive at it’s best. Getting quality and adequate sleep will not only give you energy throughout your day, it will help strengthen your body as it recharges in its temporary sedentary state.
8. Water - Yes, that natural resource that comes from the earth. Not drinking enough water throughout your day will cause you to have low energy. Because our adult bodies are made up of 50-65% water, not drinking a good amount of water throughout on a daily basis can cause a fluctuation in dehydration which leads to fatigue. Drinking the recommended 8 glasses a day can keep your body lively and awake.
There are so many healthy combinations of foods out there that can give you the energy you need to keep your days going. Some of the best ways to boost your energy are some of the things we don’ t do consistently, such as getting adequate sleep, drinking water, eating a balanced diet, exercising and removing stress from our lives. When you commit to these small but life-changing habits you will become more active and feel more alive.
By: Etosha Bahaiddin