5 Foods that Fight Fatigue

20 Nov

We have all experienced that mid-afternoon slump, which seems to become even more common this time of year. You start to feel your eye lids droop and you contemplate taking a little mid-day nap just so you will have enough energy to get through the rest of the day.  If this is happening to you, try some of the following foods to give you a boost that will carry you until dinner.

1. Walnuts: Walnuts are rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These fatty acids are so important for brain function, and research is now showing that they may help to fight depression – which can be a huge causative factor in fatigue.

2. Watermelon: Watermelon is rich in easy to digest and absorb carbohydrates, which is the fuel that each one of your cells runs on.  It’s also a rich source of hydration and easy for your kidney’s to process. Being chronically dehydrated can cause feelings of fatigue.

3. Berries: Berries are rich in antioxidants.  These antioxidants defend your cells from free radical damage.  When your cells are working optimally, you will feel better and have more energy!

4. Dark Leafy Greens: Dark leafy greens are rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a molecule that looks very similar to our red blood cells, only it contains a magnesium ion in the center, instead of an iron ion. Chlorophyll is known to help oxygenate the blood, which will help your body deliver more oxygen and nutrients to your cells, and more effectively carry waste away from them.  The more effectively your red blood cells work, the more energy you will have.

5. Seeds: Seeds are rich in magnesium, which is a mineral that helps to dilate the blood vessels and relax smooth muscle tissue.  This allows for more oxygen rich blood to reach your cells, increasing your energy levels.

Always remember to pair a protein with your carbs at each meal, including snacks.  This will help balance your blood sugar levels (assuming you are consuming the right carbs) and will also help make you feel full longer so that you are not over eating at dinner time.  It is EXTREMELY important to have a healthy mid-day snack, especially if you’re normally having lunch around noon and don’t have dinner until 6pm or later.  Remember the golden rule – you should be eating at least every 3-4 hours to keep your blood sugar levels balanced and keep your metabolism working!

Until next time,

Have a fit and fabulous day!

Lisa

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2 Responses to “5 Foods that Fight Fatigue”

  1. di November 24, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Hey there Lisa! Question for you… what are your thoughts on the benefits of beets?
    cheers,
    di

    • Lisa Pisano November 26, 2013 at 8:33 am #

      Hi Di!! I think there are many positive benefits of eating beets. They are a good antioxidant, provide energy and can be known to help fight cancer!! There is no reason why you shouldn’t eat them. Be careful though…the pickled beets you find in jars at the grocery store have sugar added to them which no longer makes it a good food to eat. Use them the old fashioned way…boil them yourself and put make a beet salad (I have a great recipe for this from a friend of mine) or just add them to your existing salad.

      Hope this helps.
      Have a great day!!
      Miss you! xoxoxo

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