In today’s busy society, it seems that most often fatigue can hit us between 2 and 3 o’clock in the afternoon. With most of us on the go, its easy and most convenient to grab something quick to give us that pick me up we need to get through the rest of the day. Although coffee and candy bars tend to be the easiest, these quick fixes are causing more stress on our bodies (and our weight) than we realize. As fatigue is not just about hunger, finding foods that will combat both hunger and the root causes of fatigue (like stress) will be most beneficial.
Try a light sweet snack like Pineapple. Pineapple is loaded with Vitamin C and helps fight fatigue by stimulating norepinephrine, a key hormone in the brain that is responsible for keeping you alert and energized.
If you don’t ever have time for snacks, having a good lunch with rich fish such as Rainbow Trout might be the best way to go. Rainbow Trout is loaded with Vitamin B-12 which bumps up your red blood cell production and will help to combat stress. Try adding a little lemon to your fish or even to your water glass. The scent of lemon reacts with the sensors in our noses and helps keep us awake.
For those of us always on the road or in a cab from meeting to meeting, trail mix is the perfect option. Nuts are full of protein and magnesium, which plays a huge role in converting sugar into energy in our bodies. If you aren’t a huge fan of trail mix you can always make your own. The bulk food section of your local grocery store should have a plethora of different options for nuts and seeds (and even some chocolate!). If you can avoid it, try to get un-salted nuts or seeds as salt can dehydrate the body and increase the amount of food your body stores as fat.
You may also want to start taking an acai berry supplement. Research has shown that a supplement such as the acai berry may be able to provide you with a number of benefits.
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