At one time or another, we’ve all struggled to get out of bed or force ourselves to go to the gym or martial arts training. Loss of energy can be caused by a number of different reasons, including sleep loss or even a lack of the right nutrients.
Combat fatigue and sluggishness with these natural energy boosters:
Egg Yolks are rich in vitamin B which is responsible for turning food into energy. They’re also an excellent source of protein which can help to build and repair muscle after a training session. Eggs also contain vitamin D which can help to maintain strong bones.
Pumpkin seeds are full of protein and healthy fats so they’re fantastic for keeping you energized. Alternatively, supplements containing pumpkin seed oil have just the same benefits.
Ginseng helps to speed up metabolic rates to boost energy and can also help to reduce energy loss caused by stress. When we’re stressed; our body produces a burst of “stress hormones” such as Adrenaline, Norepinephrine, and Cortisol. These hormones damage the parts of our cells that convert nutrients into energy, making us tired and sluggish. Ginseng can help to reduce levels of these stress hormones, as well as relaxing blood vessels to maximize oxygen delivery around the body. Try taking ginseng with tea or in the form of a supplement.
One Guarana husk can contain up to twice the amount of caffeine than a coffee bean. Guarana differs from coffee, however because it also contains Saponins, Glycosides and Condensed Tannins, which help to modify and stabilise the effects of the caffeine. This stops your body from “burning out” to keep you energised for longer; reducing the chance of the energy slump you normally get once your morning coffee wears off.
Brown Rice and Wholegrain Cereals are rich in Vitamin B, making them a great source for slow release energy. They’re also full of Protein to help build strong muscles.
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