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Foods That Can Zap Your Energy

By Sara Butler

Ever notice how you can be cruising along through your day but then eat a meal that causes you to feel like you need an epic nap? Many people experience this phenomenon, and just as many dismiss it as a result of their age or stress levels when, in reality, it’s the food they're eating that's putting a damper on their day. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has done research into the foods that can cause you to become fatigued, and this is what they found.


Pasta is full of carbs, so it should give you a nice burst of energy when you eat it, right? Nope! When you eat pasta it causes an immediate rise in your blood sugar that is then followed by a drop in your insulin levels. This fall is the cause of your fatigue after a big bowl of pasta.

Red Meat

There are benefits to eating red meat, but there are just as many detractors. While red meat is high in iron that can help give you energy, it also contains a lot of fat that can cause fatigue. The fat contained in red meat is difficult for your body to break down so you may feel physically heavier after a big honking steak. The digestion process takes so much energy it may make you feel drowsy and drained.


Bananas are on this list – that’s bananas! Bananas are great for your health since they’re rich in potassium and magnesium. But, the high magnesium may be a part of the fatigue problem. The magnesium in bananas may cause your body to relax so much that you feel tired as a result. If you often grab a banana for breakfast but have a hard time getting your day started, this might be why.


Lettuce may seem innocuous, but when you have a fresh salad for lunch it may be contributing to your after lunch slump. Lettuce actually has properties that act as a sedative that triggers the brain to become calm. In fact, the lactucin in lettuce reacts in your brain the same way some opioids do, causing calm and relieving pain.


Dairy foods are nutritious but they have been found by the National Institutes of Health to be linked to chronic fatigue. If you’re allergic to dairy it also may cause stress on your body that results in headaches, joint pain, and swelling of the small intestine. If you suffer from small intestine swelling it can cause fatigue.

Remember, food can lift you up or it can drag you down -- choose wisely

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