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Finding New Foods to Boost Your Energy Levels

By Stephen R. Farris

Do you find yourself feeling more rundown than usual? In today's world, it could be from any number of things, either related to health, work, school, people, or even life in general;  all can sap the energy right out of you.

Fortunately, a change in your diet might help provide a much needed boost to your energy levels. You might even have a few of these foods in your pantry or fridge at this very moment, such as bananas, brown rice, sweet potatoes, apples, eggs, fatty fish, coffee, water, and dark chocolate. 

On the down side, you might get tired of eating these foods all the time, so take a look at a few you should consider adding to your weekly shopping list to give you more variety.

Yerba Mate'

It's a drink made from dried leaves that are native to South America. It contains a mixture of antioxidants and caffeine, helping to produce the hormone epinephrine. A higher level of epinephrine helps to increase your energy levels. Research indicates yerba mate' doesn't seem to cause spikes or increase in heart rate or blood pressure levels, unlike other stimulants. 

Goji Berries

While the name sounds exotic, goji berries are a staple in Chinese medicine and have been so for centuries. Guess you could say it's one of those ancient Chinese secrets that's not so secret anymore. So what are the benefits of goji berries when it comes to your energy levels? For starters, they're rich in fiber, plus they slow down digestion so energy can be released in slower increments. Goji berries are packed with vitamins and minerals are heavy in antioxidants. You can add the berries to yogurt or other dishes. You can also eat them by themselves. Either way, it's a win-win for energy.

Edamame

You probably haven't heard of this food before. It's classified as a bean, and boy howdy do they wallop a punch nutritionally. Edamame beans are loaded to the hilt with protein, carbs, and fiber. They also have high amounts of folic acid and manganese, which help with increasing your energy levels. They also contain molybdenum, helping to break down nutrients for energy.

When you have questions about nutrition, talk with your local chiropractor such as the ones found at The Joint Chiropractic. The Joint has more than 500 nationwide locations with board certified chiropractors that can answer your questions when it comes to nutrition, mental health, exercise, and help give you relief from back, neck, and joint pain.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Melbourne, Fla. 

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