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Feeling Sluggish? Energize Yourself Naturally!

By Donna Kostiew

So many of us are ending our days and weeks completely exhausted. Perhaps we are putting in 50 to 60 hours a week at work, are parents whose days never end, or are one of the millions of students carrying a workload that us adults would never sign up for. Whatever the scenario, most of us know the feeling of hitting that wall, of waking up to a snooze button that is pushed one too many times, or of falling asleep in the car while waiting for our kids to finish practice. When that feeling of over-exhaustion and extreme fatigue overcomes your body and mind, you need help. And if you can’t lay down to fit in some extra sleep, your next best alternative would be in the form of an energy boost.

That Doesn’t Mean to Grab an Energy Drink

Your body is crying out for some nutritious loving, it’s not calling out for a highly-caffeinated, sugar-saturated drink. Caffeine and sugar will typically only give you a momentary rush followed by the subsequent crash. If you are desiring continuous energy, you will need to find foods that nourish your body with natural, whole ingredients. Here are some suggestions that are quick and easy.

  • Bananas - Bananas are an incredible source of B vitamins, fiber, potassium and carbohydrates, which have all been shown to provide a healthy boost of energy.
  • Beans – Whether you like beans cooked or not, the fiber they provide takes longer to digest, which helps to extend and sustain the energy boost you will receive from eating them.
  • Yogurt - Yogurt is an easy and fun snack that is packed with protein, calcium, and magnesium. It can help keep you energized at any time during the day.
  • Kale - This nutrient-rich, hearty green has high levels of iron, which is a key component for energy restoration in the body. Throw it in your salads or smoothies for a quick pick-me-up.
  • Hummus – Another form of beans -- primarily made of garbanzo -- hummus provides a healthy dose of fiber and protein for a natural boost of energy.
  • Oatmeal – Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast food to start your day with. Packed with fiber and carbohydrates, it will keep you energized for hours.
  • Almonds – Almonds are loaded with B vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, which have been shown to help fight fatigue. They are an easy snack to grab, so be sure to keep some on hand!

Being exhausted isn’t fun and it really isn’t a good look on anyone, so be intentional about what you are putting in your body and where you are getting your energy boosts from. It really does make a difference.

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

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