Eat Energy Boosting Foods
Some foods are involved in cellular energy production processes in the body; slowly releasing energy from healthy carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and good quality proteins. Here are a few of these:
– Spinach is high in iron, magnesium, and potassium. Iron transports oxygen needed for energy production. Magnesium plays a vital role in energy production, and together with potassium, is important for nerve and muscle function.
– Sweet potatoes are a fantastic source of complex carbohydrates, along with iron, magnesium, and vitamin C. Vitamin C is needed for transporting fat to the cells of the body for energy production.
– Eggs are a complete protein, (protein containing all the essential amino acids), B vitamins, healthy fats, and some vitamin D. They also provide choline, the precursor for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which activates skeletal muscle.
– Fruits provide natural sugars, which are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream for an instant pick me up (but without the ‘sugar crash’ you get after eating refined sugars). Fruits are also high in fibre, vitamins, and antioxidants.
– Nuts are energy dense due to their high content of healthy fats. They are also high in vitamins and minerals. Soaking nuts in water overnight ‘activates’ them (starts the germination or sprouting process) increasing the nutrient value even more and making them easier to digest.
– Fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel are an excellent source of complete protein, B vitamins, essential fats and vitamin D. A lack of vitamin D can cause lack of energy, muscle fatigue and low mood.
– Curd contains live bacteria with many health benefits including regulating the immune system, improving digestion (so that more energy-giving nutrients are absorbed) and possibly even improving mood.