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Foods to Boost Energy and Fight Fatigue

By Genevieve Cunningham

At some point in our adult lives, we go from feeling tired to feeling exhausted to not really knowing the difference between fatigue and real life. We’re so rundown and sleepy we don’t even know what it feels like to not feel this way. While this can certainly be the result of living a busy and full life, it doesn’t necessarily have to be quite the staple that it is. There may be things that you can do to renew your energy and fight off fatigue, and it may begin with your diet. Take a look at these great foods for battling the lack of energy and coming out on top.

Water

It’s too easy, right? So many people’s exhaustion is exacerbated by the fact that they are incredibly dehydrated. To gain a little energy and boost your overall health, drink more water every day. The oldest advice is to drink at least eight glasses a day, but more recent advice suggests that you try to drink half of your bodyweight in ounces. So if you weigh 200 pounds, you’ll shoot for 100 ounces a day. But even if you can’t quite reach that level of water intake, drinking more and staying hydrated might make a big difference in your energy.

Oatmeal

This is a great breakfast option for maintaining energy throughout the morning. It has a dose of fiber, a dash of protein, and it helps stabilize blood sugar levels. All of these combined make for a bit more energy and far fewer up and down swings throughout the day. This might be especially beneficial for those who eat a carb-heavy breakfast as you’ll be cutting out carbs that can make you sleepy and adding oatmeal that boosts energy all on one move.

Bananas

You may have heard of this snack being good for muscle cramps, but it’s also good for general energy. It’s packed full of potassium, fiber, and B6, all of which work together to refuel your exhausted muscles. Just carry around a banana for a quick and easy snack and a quick boost in energy throughout your day.

If you’re feeling a little tired, try adjusting your diet with these easy tips for a quick pick-me-up. You won’t know if it works for you until you give it a try. You may be able to enhance your diet, gain some more energy, and feel better overall with some simple changes to your normal routine.

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