(NaturalNews) Most people today lead busy lives and often require quick energy fixes to fight off fatigue during the day. Energy drinks and bars can bring temporary relief. Experts, however, have raised concerns about the harmful food chemicals, such as caffeine, sugar, and other stimulants, that they contain.
Harmful Chemicals Crash the Body
There are energy drinks in the past that have been associated with adverse effects. Recent analysis has shown that fatigue slows down the immune system, making one susceptible to illness and depression. In such a state, the body can easily crash upon introduction of harmful chemicals, especially if it is made to bear large doses of them. Promises of quick fixes do not guarantee safe and effective results.
Effective Ways to Reenergize Your Body
Rather than relying on artificial products, these all natural strategies can provide energy boosts to last throughout the day:
Avoid water dehydration
Instant relief can be experienced by drinking cool water after an exhausting day. Although water has no nutrients, the combination of oxygen and hydrogen work wonders inside the body. And every time the body is refreshed, it feels like it's ready to hit the road again. Water is as natural as it gets when it comes to a quick energy boost.
Many people are tempted to skip breakfast and sleep for a few minutes more. Eating breakfast in the morning actually provides the body with a steady supply of energy that it needs at least until lunch time. Supplying foods to the body at the start of the day induces metabolic processes, making the body alert at this very important time of day. Have whole grain cereals, lean protein, fruit and breads laid on the breakfast table.
Eat protein-rich foods
Protein is the nutrient that repairs and builds tissues. It is recommended to have adequate amounts of protein in one's meals. Meat can also provide energy. Protein-rich foods such as tofu, cheese, yogurt, milk, nuts, lean red meat, fish and poultry food products break down slower than carbohydrate-rich foods. When the carbohydrate stores are depleted, the body still has energy from proteins to tap into.
Eat carbs smartly
It is a common knowledge that carbohydrates are the main source of body fuel. People should always be wise in choosing carbohydrate-rich foods. Avoiding sugars is recommended. Although they are good suppliers of energy, sugars can unfortunately lead to decreased energy levels in the long run. Also, avoid processed carbohydrates, because they do not contain fiber. Instead, pack meals with whole wheat bread, brown rice and cereals. Learning about the different ingredients and reading the labels is recommended.
Brazil nuts, walnuts and almonds are magnesium-rich foods. Eating more of these nuts will cause the body to be less fatigued, as magnesium facilitates breakdown of carbohydrates to energy. Dark green vegetables and whole grains are also good sources of magnesium.
It is natural for the body to experience fatigue which can lead to stress. But there is no good reason for anyone to substitute natural foods and healthy practices with energy supplements and energy drinks. It is safer to give the body an energy boost with all natural ingredients.
About the author: Yanjun is a health and nutrition writer with over 3 years of professional experience in the health and fitness industry. He''s a contributor to many premier source for health advice, fitness tips, and consumer reviews of nutritional supplements.
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