Keeping up with extracurricular activities, happy hours, and workouts, whilst maintaining a successful career can be very challenging, overwhelming, and energy draining…we hear ya, girlfriend! But, “don’t feel like you need to resort to caffeine and other stimulants” says Budge Collinson of Infusion Sciences and member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, to increase energy instantly. Fatigue is often related to stress, lack of exercise and sleep, and/or poor diet. It’s important to replace the nutrients that are depleted during your busy day through energy boosting foods in your daily diet to increase your energy levels and feel better. Below are 10 ways to increase energy levels through daily diet and in turn to protect against premature aging and disease, remove toxins from your body, and support immunity. It looks like a handful, but once you have a grasp on these energy boosting foods, you’ll be cruising in the clear!
How To Increase Energy Levels
- Don’t Skip Breakfast — Breakfast is a great opportunity to load up on vitamins, minerals, proteins and healthy fats. All this nutrition will keep your energy levels up and contribute to a productive day. By the way, breakfast skippers have a higher chance of being overweight than breakfast eaters!
- Stay Hydrated — increasing your daily amount of water intake can reduce headaches and improve brainpower. You should drink small amounts of water slowly throughout the day.
- Avoid Fad Diets — fad diets normally tell you to cut out all carbohydrates which are a significant source of energy. Depriving yourself of these nutrients can cause you to feel fatigued and unable to function normally. Plus, fad diets never work!
- Eat Foods With Coenzyme Q-10 — CoQ10 helps produce energy, neutralize harmful free radicals, balance your blood pressure, and protect you against pre-mature aging. Eat foods like fatty cold water fish, grass fed beef, and organic chicken as well as plants like berries, oranges, cauliflower, and broccoli.
- Eat Foods With Arginine — Arginine helps build proteins, stimulate the secretion of growth hormone, remove ammonia from your body, and heal wounds. Eat protein-rich foods including beef, chicken, turkey, and fish (especially tuna, salmon, halibut, trout, tilapia and canned anchovies). Plant-based foods high in Arginine include pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, peanuts, walnuts, sweet green peppers, seaweed spirulina, quinoa, oats, and wheat germ.
- Take A Vitamin D Supplement – Vitamin D can only be absorbed into your body through 15 minutes of sunlight to your body each day, which most of us don’t get. Vitamin D is required for the regulation of the calcium and phosphorus in the body and it also plays an important role in maintaining proper bone structure and supporting immunity.
- Eat Foods With High Antioxidants — blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cloves, artichoke hearts, pecans, and cranberries
- Eat Nutrient Dense Foods — dark leafy green (think watercress, arugula, kale, collards, spinach), whole grains like quinoa, millet, amaranth, and brown rice etc.), legumes, berries, sea vegetables (nori, dulse, kelp)
- Eat Foods With Omega 3 — an essential fatty acid that’s essential to our health and diet. Eat foods like wild omega 3 fatty fish, omega 3 enriched eggs, wild rice, walnuts, and grass fed beef
- Drink Green Tea — green tea has Theanine, which helps support a better mood, focus a distracted mind, and reduce anxiety. Try switching out a cup of coffee for a cup of green tea!