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Boosting Your Energy Levels the Natural Way

By Stephen R. Farris

Healthy eating has become more popular among generations across the board these days. People are watching what they eat, the types of foods they purchase at the store, and seeking food items that are lower in carbs, sugars, and sodium.

That's great news. Combining healthy eating and getting some type of daily exercise can help prevent certain diseases like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Speaking of exercise, you should try to eat foods that will help keep your energy levels up so you won't get that feeling of being run down, especially if you're into lifting weights, running, or competitive sports. Choosing the right energy boosting foods to add to your diet can help eliminate that feeling.

Brown Rice

Brown rice is not as highly processed as white rice, therefore it can actually maintain more of its nutritional value. Brown rice is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It can also help regulate your blood sugar levels to keep them at a steady pace.

Sweet Potatoes

Just one cup of sweet potatoes can pack an energy boosting punch to your daily routine. Sweet potatoes are a great source of complex carbs, fiber, Vitamin A, and manganese. Because of the fiber and complex carbs, sweet potatoes are slow to digest, keeping your energy levels more on the steady side. You could probably say sweet potatoes actually make your energy levels pace themselves on an even keel.


An apple a day keeps the doctor away. That's the old school saying most of the older generation grew up hearing. In a way, it holds some truth, especially when it comes to keeping your energy levels up. Apples contain natural sugar (10 grams on average for a medium sized apple), and a source of carbs and fiber. Apples are kind of like a "slow burn" effect, when it comes to energy. Because of the natural sugar, they release their nutrients at a slower pace -- sort of like an IV -- to keep your energy levels steady. 


Not only is water the key to life -- literally -- it can also act as an energy booster. Drinking plenty of water can keep you from getting dehydrated and fatigued, both of those can put a drain on your energy levels.

The important thing is to eat healthy, and eat foods that will help sustain or boost your energy levels, so you can function better during your workday or when exercising.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rockford, Ill.

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