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Battling Fatigue By Changing Your Diet

By Stephen R. Farris

You are what you eat. And if you're eating the wrong things, then you probably find yourself feeling sluggish and rundown more than you might think or feel. You're probably feeling fatigued most days, lacking the energy to complete tasks either at home or at work. Usually we chalk it up to just being out of shape, but in reality, it's more than likely our daily diet that is causing us to feel this way.

If fatigue and low energy has you feeling down and out, then make some changes to your diet by adding a few more healthy foods by choosing fresher ingredients, and ditching the ones (processed foods) that rob you of good health.

Fresh Fruits and Raw Vegetables

Choosing fresh fruits and vegetables over high-processed foods can give your energy levels a huge boost, eventually wiping away the fatigue you may have felt in the past. Fresh fruits contain fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and natural sugars. Berries are some of the best fruits to eat, such as blue and black berries, strawberries, and raspberries, that can help give you a quick energy boost, help fight inflammation, and taste great by themselves or in your favorite blend of smoothies. Raw vegetables also contain fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Try cooking with fresh spinach, collard greens, carrots, etc., and add in some herbs and spices for additional flavor. 

Choose Less Sugary Beverages

When it comes to beverages to help fight fatigue, choose less sugary beverages. Sugary beverages, for instance cola, are high in sugar and ingredients that are not very healthy, to say the least. Not to mention, they contain caffeine -- which is not entirely bad if consumed moderately -- sometimes more than normally called for because they advertise themselves to be a quick fix to boost energy. Unfortunately, it's not the healthy energy boost you need. So instead of sugary beverages, drink more water and fresh fruit juice. If you crave a little caffeine, then try drinking black coffee or unsweet tea to get your fix.

Talk With Your Chiropractor

When you feel fatigued and rundown, visit your local chiropractor. Chiropractors do more than just make adjustments to your back, neck, and joints. They're also trained in nutrition, exercise, and mental health, so during your visit ask him/her how you can change up your diet to keep from being out of energy all the time. Chances are they'll have advice and suggestions to get you wound up and running throughout your day.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in North Little Rock, Ark.

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