All foods give us energy via calories, but some foods have properties that help give you that extra boost. We're not talking about caffeine and sugar. These are foods that are good for you and will give you solid nutrition and sustained energy.
10 Foods That Will Give You More Energy
Here are 10 foods that will give you more energy...
1. Coconut Oil
The number one reason so many of us reach for caffeine and sugar to get an energy boost is that we are eating a diet that is too low fat.
Coconut oil is a healthy, traditional fat. Our body metabolises coconut oil in the liver, immediately coverting it into energy (fuel for the brain and muscle function) rather than storing it as fat.
The liver from an animals is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat to give you more energy. These include chicken liver, beef liver, calves liver, pork liver, and foie gras. You can eat liver fried (such as fried chicken livers) or sauteed (liver and onions) or in pâtés -- meat spreads -- (liverwurst or foie gras).
The liver is the main metabolic engine of the body, and is therefore an excellent source of nutrients that give us energy, including all of the B vitamins, carnitine, and lipoic acid. Liver is also extremely rich in biotin, and is a good source of vitamin C.
According to Chris Masterjohn,
"Liver contains an unidentified "anti-fatigue factor" that was found to greatly boost swimming endurance in rats. It is probably extremely rich in carnitine, lipoic acid, and other energy-related nutrients whose food sources have not been sufficiently researched. (Source)"
3. Cod Liver Oil
Not ready to eat liver? Take cod liver oil instead. One teaspoon of cod liver oil every morning will give you all the nutrients (and energy) that you get from eating liver. An easy way to take it is to add to a shot of orange juice.
4. Desiccated Liver Capsules
Desiccated liver capsules are another way to take liver. They are made from dehydrated liver and encapsulated. What could be easier?
5. Whole Grains (Ideally Sprouted or Soaked)
Carbohydrates supply energy to the body in the form of glucose. Glucose is the only energy source for red blood cells and the preferred energy source for the brain, central nervous system, and during pregnancy, the placenta and fetus.
The kind of carbohydrates you eat makes a huge difference in the way you metabolize food and how much energy you have. Refined grains such as white bread and white rice are quickly digested into simple sugars and absorbed into your bloodstream. This can cause blood-sugar levels to spike and then quickly crash.
In contrast, complex carbohydrates such as whole grains are rich in fiber, which helps to regulate blood sugar by slowing the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream after eating. Complex carbohydrates provide long-lasting energy that will keep you fueled for hours.
Your very best bet: sprouted or soaked whole grains. The process of soaking and sprouting grains releases more nutrition and are easier to digest and metabolize.
6. Other Sources of Complex Carbohydrates
If you don't eat grains, there are lots of other sources of complex carbohydrates to choose from. These include:
- Green vegetables
- Starchy vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, and pumpkin
- Beans, lentils, and peas
Chronic fatigue can be a sign that you're iron deficient. Did you know that clams have more iron than any other food? In one 2.5 ounce serving of clams, you get a whopping 21 mg of iron. That’s almost 3 times as much iron as chicken liver (8.7 mg for 2.5 ounces) and almost 9 times as much as beef (2.4 mg).
You can eat clams fried or steamed.
Eggs are also one of the best sources of protein. But if you want energy, don't skip the yolks. Egg yolks are rich in B-vitamins, which help convert food into energy.
Yogurt is a great source of protein, and if you're eating whole milk yogurt, you're consuming healthy fat as well, which gives you even more fuel.
Feeling tired could be caused by dehydration. If you're sipping on coffee or other caffienated drinks throughout the day, you're depriving your cells of hydration. Try getting more water in -- via plain water, sparkling, or herbal tea -- and you'll find that you have more energy.
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