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February 16, 2012 at 4:32 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

"7 Foods That You Need to Boost Your Energy!"

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Today my friends I would like to discuss foods that you need to give your body energy.  Many of us have trouble these days with being tired,  feeling worn out, stressed, overwhelmed by how much we have to do in a days time, and many times lack of sleep. We all have to deal with the environmental toxicity which can be a great stress on the body, not to mention the demands and needs of our families, and all the pressures of our jobs.  It's no wonder most of us are just plain exhausted, so we need all the help we can get to boost our energy and keep us going.  Let's find out-how to help to boost our energy by eating the right foods.

Foods That Will Help to Boost Your Energy:

1. Quinoa: Like other whole grains, quinoa is rich in fiber and lower on the glycemic index. This supplies your body with a steady stream of energy instead of short-term peak.  Quinoa is also very rich in vegan protein as well in lysine. Lysine is an amino acid that is often scarce in a plant-based diet. It has B complex vitamins that are known to help your body cope with stress.

2. Banana: Bananas are rich in potassium which can help to fight off fatigue and help with nerve and muscle function. Potassium isn’t stored in your body for long-term periods so your reserves can drastically drop with stress, strenuous exercise, or excessive sweating, which can definitely contribute to energy loss.

3. Water: One of the first signs of mild dehydration is lack of energy.  Make sure you drink 8 glasses of pure water (non-chlorinated) each day. It is essential that you have enough water to properly absorb nutrients and for your digestive system to function properly, this will help with reducing fatigue. 

4. Walnuts: Nuts are rich in Omega 3 and Walnuts at the top of the list. They are a great source of plant-based protein, which feeds muscles and provides energy. Walnuts also are a great food to support your mental state and clarity, which helps you stayed  focused.

5. Dark chocolate: Cocoa is the main ingredient of dark chocolate and is a known anti-oxidant that is a better alternative than a highly sugary treat. Dark Chocolate has special compounds that can quickly boost your energy levels. But just a reminder not to over indulge because it does contain sugar, fat, and a substance that mimics caffeine.

6. Beans and legumes: They are rich in protein and fiber, legumes are very filling, and can give you sustained energy levels. Since they also contribute to lower bad cholesterol, while boosting your energy  it makes them a healthy choice for any meal at any time of the day.

7. Leafy greens: Leafy green such as kale, spinach, Collard greens, Swiss chard, certain lettuces are known for their amazing detoxing effects. They are also rich in minerals and easy on the digestive system, and can help to supply your body with essential nutrients that it needs to keep your energy high throughout the day.

Taking a few minutes each day to meditate or do deep breathing is also important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and can help boost your energy levels while lowering the stress in your life.

I hope you will be able to use some of this information and incorporate it in to your and daily diet and life! If we want to support a healthy mind and body you need to supply your body with the right nutrients  and fuel. Our bodies are a gift from God so how we take care of it is important if we want to live a long and healthy life. I would suggest that you eat organic or local harvest as much as possible for the best quality and healthiest foods. That means pesticide free, preservative free, no GMO, or artificial dyes or additives. We have one body so let's do our best to treat it with respect and care!

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