Eating Right for Improved Energy
With the hectic pace of life and work these days, it can be tough to keep going; many of us feel that we run out of energy over the course of a workday. That mid-afternoon slump sends many of us reaching for a temporary boost of sugar and caffeine from coffee and energy drinks, but this can cause more problems later. Too much caffeine can disrupt sleep patterns and leave you feeling jumpy and nervous; too much sugar brings a host of problems all its own, from weight gain to tooth decay.
So how can we stay on top of our daily work routines and have enough energy left over to manage busy home lives as well? Keeping your body fueled with healthy food is one sure way to lift your energy levels. Remembering a few simple guidelines can help you make healthier choices at mealtimes and prevent that run-down feeling.
Are you getting enough iron in your diet? The iron in your blood helps carry oxygen around your body, and too little iron can leave you feeling tired, as well as affecting your ability to concentrate and your physical endurance. The most common way to eat more iron is to consume beef and beef liver, mollusks, sardines, and other meats. However, studies show that eating more plant-based iron can improve immunity and lessen women’s likelihood of experiencing PMS.
An easy way to get more plant-based iron in your daily intake is to eat more spinach, lentils, beans, and even pumpkin, squash, and sesame seeds. Dried apricots, baked potatoes, and broccoli are also good sources of iron. And while you’re sprinkling pumpkin seeds and black beans on your spinach salad, you might want to reach for a glass of orange juice as well–foods high in vitamin C can help your body absorb iron more easily.
If you want to eat for more energy, the way you combine foods can be just as important as what you eat. Combining lean proteins with plant-based fats such as olive or canola oil, vegetables and fruits, and whole grains give you the best balance of nutrients that will help you get through your days without feeling tired. Instead of grabbing just a container of yogurt for breakfast, why not add in some fruits that are rich in antioxidants like blueberries or dried acai berries and some whole-grain granola or unsalted, roasted nuts or seeds?
Eating “whole” foods, rather than processed foods, can help keep your energy levels up. Although you may take in a few more calories eating whole fruits instead of fruit bars (or a snack of peanut butter spread on a piece of whole-grain bread rather than a handful of chips or crackers) your energy levels will be boosted as a result. The natural fiber content of whole fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are great for your heart, and the complex carbohydrates that whole foods contain will help your energy last longer than the simple sugars that make up so much of processed foods.
One thing that can cause low energy levels is a decreased level of the natural antioxidant Glutathione in your body. Glutathione helps your cells work more efficiently, which allows them to produce more ATP (a natural molecule that gives cells the energy they need.) The more ATP your cells are able to produce, the more energy they’ll have, giving you the energy you need to accomplish everything you need to do.
Your body’s levels of the antioxidant begin to decline by as much as 10-15% every decade after your 20s, but the good news is that you can do something about it. Our Original Glutathione Formula™ helps to restore the levels of Glutathione in your body, resulting in increased energy and endurance. We invite you to try Original Glutathione Formula™ for yourself and see how Dr. Rob Keller’s patented Glutathione technology can help you live your best, most energetic life.