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 their bodies.
This article centers around giving your body the right nutrients to help you maintain optimum energy levels. It is also noteworthy to take some men’s 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 refined carbs.
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 your body.
Beta-carotene not only helps fight bad bacteria and viruses away, but it also helps stimulate testosterone production, which provides more energy in men.