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This Month In Diet

  • Need a Pick-Me-Up? Feeling dragged out, sluggish, and low on energy? While feeling this way could be due to a lack of sleep or an underlying health condition, there’s a good chance it’s related to what you eat and drink. Before running to the doctor for a gamut of tests, take a few days to adjust your diet and see if you notice any improvements in how you feel. Read >>
  • Are You Getting Enough M? You may not hear much about magnesium, but it’s a key player in hundreds of chemical processes in your body. Just how much magnesium do you need, how to get it, and why is it so important? Read >>
  • Where’s Your Waist? Abdominal visceral fat makes it hard to zip your pants, gives you an apple shape, and is more dangerous than fat distributed to other parts of your body. If you’re trying to keep your waistline in check, keep reading to find out what to include and exclude from your diet. Read >>
  • Make Health a Habit For someone trying to be healthy or lose weight, food and drink choices are some of the most important—and often hardest—choices every day holds. If you can make healthy choices for a year straight, chances are they will become your default. Here’s how to make it happen. Read >>

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Need a Pick-Me-Up?

Then you should eat this.

Feeling dragged out, sluggish, and low on energy? While feeling this way could be due to a lack of sleep or an underlying health condition, there’s a good chance it’s related to what you eat and drink. In a hectic, fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget that what you feed your body has a direct impact on your energy level. Before running to the doctor for a gamut of tests, take a few days to adjust your diet and see if you notice any improvements in how you feel.
If you’re looking for natural ways to energize your workout or just put more pep in your step from the moment you wake up until you go to bed, look no further than the following foods.

Salmon

Salmon and other types of fatty fish such as tuna, sardines, and mackerel, are excellent sources of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and B vitamins. A possible cause of fatigue is high levels of inflammation in the body, but fatty acids work to reduce inflammation. Another reason people feel zapped may be low iron levels or a low red blood cell count. You can remedy this problem with plenty of vitamin B12 and folic acid, and both are found in salmon.

Bananas

Looking for an effective energy boost before your workout? Snack on a banana. This yellow fruit’s combination of healthy carbohydrates, vitamin B6, and potassium provides the perfect recipe for energy.

Oatmeal

Need an energy infusion to get you going in the morning? Eat a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Rich in soluble fiber and nutrients such as iron, manganese, and B vitamins, oatmeal is a whole grain and complex carbohydrate that takes the body time to digest. These characteristics mean oatmeal is designed to supply energy that lasts for hours.

Dark Chocolate

When you’re feeling sluggish, it’s tempting to reach for candy, sweets, and sugar. While you may get a burst of energy, it’ll be short-lived and leave you feeling more tired. To satisfy your sweet tooth, eat a morsel of dark chocolate with a high level of cocoa. The antioxidants in dark chocolate increase blood flow, which increases the amount of nutrients and oxygen delivered to the body. Also, the small amount of caffeine gives the brain a boost and improves concentration and mood.

Avocados

You can’t go wrong with avocados. Their healthy fats and high fiber content do wonders for a steady, long-lasting supply of energy. A great source of B vitamins, avocados increase your energy at the cellular level. Eat them plain, on salads or sandwiches, or mashed into guacamole with whole-grain chips.

Sweet Potatoes

Get a nutritious boost of energy with a sweet potato. The average-size sweet potato contains 23 grams of complex carbohydrates, nearly 4 grams of fiber, more than 400 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin A, and 28 percent daily value of manganese. The combination of high carbs and high fiber means sweet potatoes are digested slowly, supplying an even influx of slow-burning energy. And the manganese hehlps your body produce and use energy.

Water

When was the last time you had a big drink of water? During a busy day it can be easy to forget something as simple as drinking water. However, water is a part of nearly every body function, including energy production. Dehydration slows your body’s functions, making you more likely to experience fatigue. Keep a water bottle nearby to sip on and you’ll be poised to stay energized all day long.

Secret Sauce

When you’re looking for foods that will provide energy, look for ones that are high in protein, complex carbohydrates, and/or healthy fats.