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12 Super Foods that Fight Fatigue and Win!
Everyone has those days where they work hard or play hard and get exhausted. Fatigue is different from those types of feelings, however. Fatigue includes feelings such as being tired, weak, and a general lack of energy. When we do something strenuous, our bodies can feel tired because they need to rest and repair themselves. The difference between fatigue and being tired is that, with rest, feelings of tiredness go away. Fatigue either does not go away, or it very quickly returns
There are several factors which can contribute to feelings of fatigue. Some of them are medical conditions, some are lifestyle factors, and some others are psychological problems.
Lifestyle factors which contribute to feelings of fatigue include excessive physical activity, a sedentary lifestyle, poor sleeping habits, excessive alcohol consumption, and poor diet.
Medical conditions are numerous and include things like anemia, cancer, liver failure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and thyroid problems.
Many people feel fatigue when dealing with mental health problems such as grief, stress, anxiety, and depression.
Whether your fatigue is due to mental, emotional, or physical problems, you can fight back by eating more of the super foods that are known to reduce fatigue. These foods contain powerful nutrition that your body needs for energy.
Don’t let fatigue take over and ruin your life; fight back with these 12 super foods!
There is a good reason why many people eat eggs for breakfast; they are a great source of energy! Eggs are loaded with protein, iron, and zinc. One research review done in 2009 found that protein builds muscle, helps to keep you feeling full, and supplies sustained energy levels. One egg has 6 grams of protein, which can keep blood sugar levels stable. Eggs also contain an important amino acid called leucine, which is vital for muscle growth and recovery. Eggs are also high in the B vitamins, which are known to help with the production of energy in the body. Try a couple of eggs in the morning, anyway you like them, and you should find enough energy to get you through your morning.
One of the best things about bananas is that they are portable. They come in their own little package so you can simply tuck one in your purse, pocket, coat, lunch bag, or briefcase and have an energy filled snack on hand anytime, anywhere! Bananas contain potassium, which your body must have in order to convert sugar into energy that the body can use. Bananas also have natural sugars such as glucose, fructose, and sucrose, which are essential for energy. To top it all off, these popular fruits are loaded with vitamin C, B vitamins, fiber, and carbs, all of which help to beat feelings of fatigue. Try eating a banana or two during the day or add them to your yogurt or smoothie for a fatigue fighting tool you can take with you!
3. Sweet Potatoes
Who doesn’t love the taste of sweet potatoes?! Sweet potatoes have tons of energy stabilizing high fiber carbohydrates as well as 25 percent of your daily requirement of potassium. Potassium is important for keeping the electrolytes in the body balanced, which allow you to stay hydrated. Potassium also helps to lower blood pressure levels, which lowers stress on the body. Less stress means more energy. Don’t wait for a special occasion to eat sweet potatoes, try one for an energy boosting lunch!
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