We have to treat our bodies the same way as we treat our cars in the sense that our
bodies also need fuel as well. Most of the fuel comes from the food that we eat, as well
as the right supplements that we take.
The energy currency that is used by the body is known as Adenosine Triphosphate or
simply ATP. It is made by the Mitochondria and its production of ATP can be affected by
the things that we put into our systems.
So today, I am going to give you some ways on how you can optimize your energy
levels and beat fatigue.
Limit Your Caffeine Intake
Our first inclination when we are low on energy is to reach for coffee or an energy drink
to provide us with caffeine and other stimulants. Although they provide a slight energy
boost, their effects can be detrimental in the long run since they can also lead to heart
palpitations and other health complications.
Limiting your caffeine intake, therefore, makes sense. If you need your caffeine fix,
instead of drinking coffee, opt for healthy green tea instead.
Eat Foods that Are Rich in Protein
Protein provides you with longer-lasting energy than carbohydrates mainly because
they take time to digest. In fact, protein has been known to slow down digestion and
glucose absorption in the bloodstream as well.
Choose high-quality protein sources such as grass-fed beef, poultry, and fish. Eggs are
also great since they can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.
Keep in mind that protein, when broken down, will turn into amino acids that help protect
Don’t Forget Your B-Vitamins
B-vitamins are essential to your body because they can aid in energy production.
Vitamin B5, in particular, is known to promote the production of cortisol and other
Rich sources of B-vitamins include lean proteins like protein and fish, vegetables, eggs,
lentils, and whole grains.
Fruits Are Important
Aside from eating vegetables, fruits should also be included in your diet as well. Citrus
fruits are rich in Vitamin C, which his known to aid in the production of adrenal hormones.
Some fruits that are rich in Vitamin C include orange, apples, peaches, pears, lemons,
and so on.
Don’t Be Afraid of Fat
Especially when we are talking about the healthy kind. Healthy fats are actually used by
the mitochondria to produce more ATP for the body.
Healthy sources of fat include coconut oil, fatty fish (salmon, halibut, tuna), avocado,
olive oil, flaxseed oil, among others.
Be Sure to Detoxify Your Body
The mitochondria are quite sensitive to different kinds of toxins and if you are eating
foods that are unhealthy for you, you will introduce so many toxins that could potentially
hamper the production of ATP.
Be sure to detox from time to time and also think about improving your gut health. Think
about getting some probiotics from yogurt and other rich sources.