If you don’t want increased productivity, this article isn’t for you. For everyone sane, here are seven foods to consider.
Consisting of mostly water (93%), this juicy fruit covers close to 20% of your daily hydration needs. According to the Journal of Nutrition, even mild dehydration leads to fatigue since water is necessary for all functions of the body. Besides hydration, watermelon is a great source of vitamins A, B6 and C, which are all energy boosters.
One fourth cup of almonds covers about 30% of your daily required magnesium intake. Low magnesium consumption leads to feelings of weakness. Almonds are also high in folic acid and riboflavin, which transform calories to energy more efficiently.
Eat a few before your morning run for some extra energy. Research shows that eating raisins replenishes glycogen stores, your body’s source of quick energy. In fact, raisins beat energy shots, gels, bars and chews when aiming for peak athletic performance.
The small green soybeans are a good source of folic acid, critical for changing food into energy. One cup meets all of your daily folic acid requirements plus has the added benefits of magnesium and riboflavin, metals that increase energy.
5. Chia Seeds
Before the fad, chia seeds were the main ingredient in energy drinks consumed by the Aztecs and Mayans before travelling long distances.
Not your favorite fish? You may wish to reconsider! Sardines are a great source of iron, which is needed so oxygen can get to cells and muscles can function properly. Low iron levels mean less energy and stamina. Sardines also contain lots of coQ10, which takes center stage in the function of mitochondria (your cells’ energy labs).
Don’t limit yourself to oranges for vitamin C! Strawberries are very high in vitamin C and help your body absorb iron and fight fatigue.