Naturally Boost Energy With these Foods & Healthy Habits
It seems that with so much happening in our lives, and in the world today there just isn’t enough time to squeeze everything in that we’d like to do on any given day. With technology now at our fingertips more than it ever has been,, we are better able to stay connected to the world, and the on goings of it. However, with that said, everything from laundry to the grocery store, still needs to be taken care of by us all.
Fatigue, aside from back pain is one of the leading major health concerns facing the majority of the United States population today. With the fast pace of the world as we know it only getting faster and more high tech, trying to keep up and stay afloat becomes more of a daunting task with each day. A 2013 study published in the journal Sleep found that those registering as sleep-deprived are generally perceived as having more wrinkles on their faces, puffy eyes, and droopy skin. Along with these issues, also comes a host of mental and physical health concerns too.
Now, it stands to reason that making sleep a much bigger priority in our lives, is something that we could, and should all be doing. However, there are also a number of things that you can incorporate into your life, and add to your kitchen, to re-energize you, and keep you looking and feeling young as well. Much of the root cause of a severe lack in energy and sleep is all down to a poor diet, and poor daily habits.
Simply by avoiding specific foods that are known to make you look more tired than you actually are is an essential rule to adopt into your life. Doing your best to wipe out any traces of artificial sweeteners, sugar, alcohol, fried and salty foods, as well as harmful refined carbs, and processed foods can naturally boost energy clarity of thinking, fine motor skills and attention span. Take a look at these foods to consume regularly to give yourself a fresher face, more energy and a healthier body and mind overall.
Try trading in the morning cup of coffee for a nice piping hot cup of green tea. Often noted as being one of nature’s best skin rejuvenators, green tea especially, has a particularly large amount of polyphenol which is known to help reactivate dying skin cells. A natural aid to reducing fine lines and wrinkles in the face, it also aids in the elasticity and strength of the skin. Research has found that green tea increases blood flow and oxygen to the skin and boosts the amount of antioxidants your body is able to absorb.
It’s widely known that foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and sardines, have anti-inflammatory properties that lower the rate of irritation and promote smoother, more hydrated skin. Carotenoids such as astaxanthin, are found in large abundance within salmon, and is shown to improve skin elasticity, and give the body energy.
Not just a natural energy booster, nuts also work wonders on skin that is beginning to fall or sag. This is due in part to the mineral selenium, which is found in Brazil nuts (as well as in tuna and mushrooms). Selenium keeps the metabolism running smoothly, and provides you with a feeling of fullness and energy thanks to its ability to fight free radicals, which damage cells and accelerate aging. Walnuts, another great source of omega-3 fatty acids, contain magnesium, which improves blood flow to the skin, giving you a healthy glow.
Most vegetables that are of a natural green hue, contain some amount of the heart healthy, energy supplying vitamin C. Generally found in spinach, chard, kale and the like, it helps build collagen, which keeps skin firm and free of fine lines. As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights free radicals that threaten to weaken the collagen within the skin.
Dandelion greens and fennel are two not so commonly consumed greens that also double as natural diuretics, which reduce puffiness under the eyes. Dandelion greens are also high in vitamin A, an important nutrient for skin and eye health. Fennel also contains the antioxidant quercetin, which acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Fight fatigue-induced saggy skin by eating soy-containing foods like tofu. A Japanese study found that women who took 40 milligrams of aglycone, an isoflavone from soy, saw an improvement in fine lines and firmer skin after 12 weeks of use.
Staying hydrated contributes to your skin’s elasticity, keeps you full for longer and provides you with hydration, so that you have the energy to go about your day. Forgetting to drink adequate amounts of water is one of the major reasons for chronic fatigue for people in the U.S.
It’s simple, when you feel better, you perform better. When you’re feeling full, you’re alert, your ready to go and you’re health is in much better condition.
This popular fruit is loaded with nutrients, including vitamin C, which has the ability to lower inflammation. A 2007 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who eat a vitamin C-rich diet had younger-looking skin with fewer wrinkles and less dryness.
They may be small, but they are mighty, especially when it comes to filling you up keeping you running, and adding to your good health. Stuffed full of protein and 5 g of fiber per tablespoon, they are able to keep blood sugar stable. The omega-3 fatty acids within the seeds fight inflammation to keep muscles feeling fresh. Plus, they set you up with magnesium, potassium, and iron, as well as the antioxidant quercetin. Quercetin has been shown to aid athletic performance and recovery—in fact, it’s even used in some popular sports drinks.
Being dehydrated often leads to the feeling of being foggy and fatigued, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Many people loath drinking copiuous amounts of water throughout the day, so in order to combat this issue, load up on water through delicious and healthy foods. Watermelon alone has a 90% water content, which means when consumed it not only alleviates dehydration, but it is a good source of energy too.
Not only does milk give the body a form of water, it helps balance electrolytes too. Of course, dairy offers protein and energy-revving carbohydrates as well. A recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that just one glass each night before bed helps make muscles feel better in the morning, and boost recovery and growth.
Because fiber takes longer to digest in the body, in doing so, it also helps extend the energy boost you get from carbs for long-lasting energy. Beans keep energy levels stable throughout the day as they help regulate blood sugar.
Along with the aforementioned foods and practices to help keep you looking and feeling young and energized, regular chiropractic care should also be a large part of your health habits and routines. Seeing a licensed doctor of chiropractic on a frequent basis can ensure that your immune system, joints, ligaments and even your mind are performing to their best. For many people, subluxations and misalignments of vertebrae, the spine, and other parts of the body, are direct causes of fatigue. Getting these issues corrected and having a chiropractor make sure they do not occur repeatedly, can help you to feel energized, have better posture, clearer thinking, and all around better health and well-being.