While all foods hold some nutritional value and provide the body with energy, not all foods are created equal. Foods that are high in simple carbohydrates, meaning sugars, digest quickly, and give the body an almost immediate boost of energy; however, the lift is short term. For long-lasting energy, foods that have a balance of complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats take longer to digest and thereby provide sustained energy to keep you going throughout the day.
While water is not technically a food, and it has no nutritional value whatsoever, nothing is more critical to life and health. Water is essential for every cell in the body to operate correctly as the body simply cannot function at its peak if dehydrated. Water is so important that while you can survive for three weeks without food, you can only last three days without water. After just a single day without water, your body begins to shut down, with circulation and organ function slowing. However, the body does not have to become severely dehydrated for fatigue to result. Just going a few hours without drinking can be enough to become partially dehydrated and affect energy levels. Stay hydrated by taking just a sip or two of water once every hour.
2) Trail Mix
Nuts, seeds, raisins, and dried berries make a great on-the-go snack food that will keep your energy levels up and your stomach full. Nuts and seeds are loaded with complex carbs, healthy fats, and protein. Raisins, which are, of course, dried grapes and berries are both high in both simple and complex carbohydrates, providing both an immediate boost of energy as well as ensuring sustained energy for later. Berries and grapes also hold many other health-promoting compounds, such as antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, folates, and polyphenols.
3) Omega 3 Rich Fish
Salmon, tuna, sardines, and lake trout are all great sources of omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins that some studies have indicated may improve brain function while reducing fatigue. Studies also suggest that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce inflammation that can also cause fatigue.
4) Fresh Fruit
Fresh fruit, like bananas, apples, and oranges, are packed with health-promoting nutrients. Fresh fruit also contains both simple and complex carbohydrates, providing a quick boost when you feel your energy levels dropping as well as supplying long-lasting energy to keep you going. Plus, these three fruits are easy to pack with you and also contain high amounts of fiber, to keep you from feeling hungry.
Many people, even those who visit their chiropractors on a regular bases, may not know that doctors of chiropractic care have taken advanced-level nutrition classes and can provide nutritional advice to their patients. If you feel your diet may be lacking, call us today at Brookfield Chiropractic Care to schedule a consultation. Our doctors are experienced in nutrition counseling and can help you tailor your diet to help you feel better and have more energy throughout the day.