16 Jul 2013

WHAT FOODS DO YOU NEED TO HELP YOU FEEL HAPPY AND ENERGETIC?

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Healthy Carbs

Complex carbs like whole grains are essential for boosting your mood and energy levels. Avoid simple sugars like sweets, soft drinks and artificial sweeteners as they cause your blood sugar to spike and plummet. Complex carbohydrates are loaded with fibre that makes you feel full for longer and keeps your blood sugar levels normal.

Fibre-rich Foods

Fibre keeps your energy levels stable for the rest of the day.  Foods that are naturally high in fibre are fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans.

 Good Oils

Fatty fish like salmon, sardines and tuna are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that were found to play a vital role in relieving symptoms of depression and improving mood. Flaxseeds, nuts, and dark green leafy vegetables also contain considerable amount of the good fats.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

For fibre, vitamins and minerals. They also contain water that helps keep you hydrated

Leafy Greens

Spinach, kale, cabbage, lettuce and other green, leafy produce contain folate which has been linked to a lower risk of depression.

Lean Meat

Lean meat from chicken, turkey, pork and beef is a good source of protein. They also contain phenylalanine, tryptophan and tyrosine, which boosts the production of serotonin and dopamine and norepinephrine – natural mood enhancers that keep you relaxed, alert and focused.

Nuts

Nuts, such as cashews, almonds and hazelnuts are rich in magnesium, an important mineral that is involved in converting sugar into energy. Nuts are rich in protein too. Others sources of magnesium are whole grains, particularly bran cereals, and some fish, including halibut.

Coffee

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular energisers. Caffeine stimulates metabolism, which in turn heightens the body’s mental focus and energy. Frequent mini servings of coffee can keep your energy levels steady all day long than taking one large dose because the effects of caffeine is only temporary. But remember that too much caffeine can be bad for your health – it may not send you off to sleep tonight which is essential for energy.

Tea

This healthy beverage also contains caffeine. A plethora of studies suggests that drinking tea regularly may improve alertness, reaction time, and memory. It also contains antioxidants such as catechins that are good for your overall health. Here’s a bonus – tea also boosts weight loss.

Dark Chocolate

Good news for the sweet lovers – dark chocolate can enhance your mood and energy levels without bringing in harm to your health, especially when eaten in moderation. Dark chocolate has caffeine, theobromine and other essential nutrients found in cacao that are scientifically proven to boost health.

Water

Hydration is vital to sustaining energy and mood. Even just a mild dehydration can sap your energy and slow down your metabolism.

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