If you suffer from constant fatigue you can help boost your energy a natural way. Cut the caffeine out and try these 10 superfoods for natural energy boost.
Personally, I don’t do well with caffeine so that has never been a solid option for me. Although I can handle some green tea, and drink it occasionally, I know the best natural energy boost for me is to eat healthy energy enhancing foods.
Most people can be tired from not getting enough sleep, from working too much, from a health issue, or if you’re a parent; that’s plenty reason enough to feel fatigue (especially the new parents).
Do you know what else causes fatigue? Stress. Whatever the reason is for your fatigue, it can be categorized into mental or physical.
“Mental fatigue occurs when you feel cognitively challenged after performing mentally taxing tasks. Physical fatigue is defined as a lack of daily energy or unusual or excessive whole-body tiredness not relieved by sleep.” -David Grotto, 101 Optimal Foods
Other contributing factors to fatigue: Allergies, Depression, Pain, Insomnia, Thyroid disorders, Drug & alcohol use, Anorexia & Malnutrition, Autoimmune disorders, Cancer, Endocrine disorders, Hypertension, Medication side effects, Dehydration, Chronic fatigue disorder, Obesity.
It’s important to try other methods of energy boosting other than caffeine in order to keep your body healthy and keep it from being addicted to caffeine. Not only are superfoods recommend, but exercise and hydration can actually help increase energy as well.
Natural Energy Boosting Superfoods
The 10 Superfoods list is in no particular order of importance.
An ongoing theme with these foods that you’ll notice is that they contain B vitamins. B vitamins are known for naturally boosting your energy levels.
Sprouts: All types of sprouts. These are high-energy, life-enhancing foods. They contain antioxidants, trace minerals, protein, enzymes, and fiber. Sprouted seeds are nutrition powerhouses.
Parsley: A nutrient powerhouse that contains high levels of vitamin B12 and vitamin C.
Peaches: A great energy boosting fruit that the body can absorb quickly. They high water and fiber content with an alkalizing effect on the blood. They are toxin-eliminating and are weight loss friendly.
Seaweed: A highly digestible source of minerals and another great B vitamin superfood.
Vegetables: Not only do vegetables contain B complex vitamins, but they also have energy nutrients from magnesium, iron, and coenzyme Q10 from broccoli. Raw leafy greens are the best source. I’m always tossing a handful of spinach in my smoothies.
Wheatgrass: Wheatgrass has been regarded as one of the highest nutritional superfoods. In fact it was quite the fad for a while, while it’s still a trend, recently it seems to be less discussed than it once was. This superfood contains 25x the nutrients than most choice vegetables. Besides having B vitamins once again, it also contains vitamins a, c, k, seventeen amino acids and chlorophyll (very great for cleansing the blood). Chlorophyll is pigment in green plants that helps transfer light into energy, so imagine what it does for your body as well!
Mung beans: Mung beans are a high source of nutrients including: manganese, potassium, magnesium, folate, copper, zinc and various B vitamins. It’s a very filling food that’s also a great source of protein. Although carbs are the body’s primary source for energy, protein is also another source, so the body can store this protein and use carbohydrates to burn off first before it turns to the protein.
Grains & Oats: Grains and oats are slow-releasing carbs that give you a steady flow of energy instead of a quick high-energy release that will just make you crash. Additionally, grains and oats are also high in B vitamins.
Yams & Squashes: Packed with energy minerals thiamin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium and vitamins B & C. Yams are detoxifying and hormone balancing. Yams are also balancing to blood sugar levels to help ensure energy is constant. Squash motivates circulation of energy and especially strengthens digestion.
Flax & Sunflower seeds: Flax seeds contain omegas 3 & 6, essential fatty acids (EFA’s), which are involved in energy transfer and production. Sunflower seeds contain magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, vitamin B complex EFA’s. The iron and b vitamins make sunflower seeds a great snacking choice in any trail mix.
Try incorporating these foods daily, along with more water and exercise, and see just how good you feel. Try it for AT LEAST 21 days. You might always see 21 day challenges everywhere, that’s because studies have shown it can take at least 21 days to create a new habit. Build better health with better habits.