Are you feeling sluggish most of the time? You could blame that to your lack of nutrition,
as well as a combination of factors including medical conditions and a general lack of sleep.
Nutrition plays a huge role, especially when we are talking about your overall energy
levels. People who feel more fatigued than others might not be eating the best foods for
This article centers around giving your body the right nutrients to help you maintain
optimum energy levels. It is also noteworthy to take some health supplements as well in
conjunction with the foods that I am about to mention.
Get Adequate Amounts of Protein
Whether you are eating plant-based proteins or those from your conventional sources,
protein is always the best when it comes to giving you more sustained energy. That is
because proteins take time to digest, which means that it gives you consistent and
reliable energy for most of the day.
Because of that, you’d want to consume protein in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
So basically, every time you eat, you should introduce protein.
Ideally, you’d want to get 0.8 grams of protein per one pound of healthy body weight.
Have Some Iron
Iron-deficiency leads to anemia which will result in a lower volume of red blood cells in
your body. It is recommended that your body gets at least 8 milligrams of iron per day
from natural sources.
Mostly, you can find them in beans, some vegetables, and red meat (though lean
proteins can also contain iron as well).
Think About Complex Carbohydrates
Our bodies get most of their energy from carbohydrates. When our bodies digest foods
that are rich in carbs, it is usually converted to glucose which is the main fuel our body
uses to function.
That being said, not all carbs are created equal. Refined carbohydrates are not naturally
made. It is usually made with sugar and salt which is why they are not healthy at all.
Think about white bread and pasta, as well as many others in the same category.
What you need to take in instead are complex carbs. Think about high-fiber cereals,
whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
You want to get as many carbs as you need since, as I’ve said, your body converts it to
usable energy, though you’d want to get them from complex carbs as opposed to
Magnesium is an Essential Mineral
Another essential mineral that you should get is magnesium. By the way, when I say
‘essential’, it means that you can only get it from food sources since the body doesn’t
produce the said mineral.
That being said, have ever watched Popeye back in the day? When push comes to
shove, the titular character reaches for a can of spinach and he gets stronger shortly
after. Well, there is some truth to that.
Spinach and other food sources contain magnesium which is key to producing
adenosine triphosphate, a product that is made after energy conversion.
Beta-Carotene is Also Needed
Most nutritionists would encourage you to make your plate colorful with different kinds of
foods. Ever wondered why carrots and sweet potatoes have a different color other than
green? Well, that is due to its beta-carotene content and it is actually quite helpful to
Beta-carotene not only helps fight bad bacteria and viruses away, but it also helps
stimulate testosterone production, which provides more energy in men.