Feeling tired? Does it take you endless cups of coffee to get going in the morning? A change in your diet could be the solution to your fatigue and lack of energy. You are what you eat; if you consume low-quality foods, then you will live a low-quality lifestyle.
Eating a nutrient-dense diet, free of refined carbs and processed foods is a good start to cleaning things up. Add these ten superfoods and supplements to your diet and feel your energy levels improve.
The dark green leaves of this cruciferous vegetable contain polyphenols, flavonoids and other antioxidant compounds that clear the blood of free radicals. Kale is an excellent source of vitamin K, folate, and magnesium. (1)
Natures superfruit tastes terrific when smashed on some sprouted bread. Avocado contains slow burning essential monounsaturated fats for sustained energy release throughout the day. A serving of this fatty fruit will provide you with 25 milligrams per ounce of beta-sitosterol, a natural plant sterol that fights bad cholesterol levels. (2)
Start your day with a serving of organic breakfast papaya. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and a prebiotic enzyme called papain; papaya improves digestive health and cleanses the colon. (3)
Add a cup of blueberries to your breakfast. The dark purple berries contain a plant sterol compound called anthocyanin. Research shows this antioxidant protects against the development of cancer and heart disease. (4)
Cleanse and detoxify your body with a shot of wheatgrass juice for breakfast. Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll, a vital blood builder. Chlorophyll molecules resemble hemin molecules, a pigment that fuses with protein to create hemoglobin. (5)
Moringa oleifera is a tree native to North India. The crushed powder of the leaves makes an excellent addition to shakes and smoothies. Moringa is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, as well as the antioxidants quercetin and chlorogenic acid. These plant compounds relieve the oxidizing effects of stress and anxiety by regulating blood pressure. (6)
This spice is an excellent source of curcumin. Curcuminoids fight inflammation in the body, especially in the GI tract. Consuming a few grams of turmeric, or a curcumin supplement every day will improve your digestion and enhance your energy levels. (7)
This super supplement contains vitamins A, K, B12 and iron, chromium, and manganese. Grown natively in the waters of the sunny nation of Hawaii, spirulina is an alga best known for its high-levels of carotenoids SOD, GLA, and phycocyanin. (8)
#9 Calcium and Magnesium
Calcium and magnesium are essential minerals for cell communication and new cell creation. Taking a cal-mag supplement will keep your bones strong and healthy.
#10 Fish Oil
Improve the health of your GI tract, liver, and skin with the Omega-3 EFA’s found in fish oil. These long-chain fatty-acids also improve blood flow to the brain, enhancing cognitive function, keeping you alert during the day. (9)
The Final Thought
A simple change in your diet is all it takes to improve your energy levels and sense of wellbeing. Create a new meal plan that includes these foods and supplements. Log your experience in a journal and review your notes after a few weeks.
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Apple cider vinegar deserves a special place in your diet, not to mention it has many household uses as well.