Did you know that there are certain foods you can eat in the morning that would give you more energy than a cup of coffee would? It is true that caffeine gives us a quick boost of energy but only to make us feel more tired once the caffeine is consumed and used by our body. In the long run, we are faced with iron deficiency and dehydration when we consume caffeine. Both of which will leave us exhausted and cause other illnesses as well.
But it is not only caffeine we need to stay away from when it comes to our health. Processed foods are next to inevitable to consume nowadays. They are even worse than caffeine when it comes to causing illnesses. Let’s look at some of the superfoods and how they improve our overall health and boost our energy.
- APPLE: An apple a day, keeps the doctor away. Apples have countless health benefits indeed but most importantly, they are a powerful antioxidant. Researches also show that one apple, gives enough energy as one cup of coffee but it comes without the exhausting after effects of caffeine. So, replace the coffee with an apple in the morning, get energy, boost your metabolism and feel full.
- BANANA: Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and potassium. They are a good source of fiber and they regulate your metabolism. We need potassium for our muscle health. It is also proven that bananas give you energy and they also take the edginess off when you feel anxiety.
- COCONUT OIL: The health benefits of coconut oil are countless. It can be used both internally and externally on our skin and hair. One spoon of coconut oil is enough to give you a lot of energy believe it or not. And it does that by suppressing your appetite. When we consume too much caffeine and eat processed foods in the morning, our blood sugar will inevitably go down fast and we will find ourselves craving something sweet, which will further damage our blood sugar levels. Coconut oil regulates all of this as well as your blood pressure.
- ALMONDS: Almonds are a good source of protein and they have vitamins A and E and they are great if you have iron or magnesium deficiency. If you get enough iron during the day, you will see improvements in your energy levels quite fast. Almonds also are a great source of fiber. If you drink plenty of water with them, you will also curb your appetite and sugar cravings.
- DARK LEAFY GREENS: The darker the color, the better. These vegetables like kale, spinach, swiss chard, arugula are perfect superfoods to fight the fatigue and they are also a good source of fiber, iron and vitamin C. If you are not a big fan of vegetables, try combining them in a smoothie mixing them with some fruits too. Or if you like salad, you can make a big bowl of salad combining all of these together. These vegetables are also great if you are trying to lose weight. They will keep you full for a long time and they have low calorie as well.
- TURMERIC: Spice up your food with turmeric that is rich in curcumin. Recent studies show that curcumin is very beneficial for our immune system. It strengthens our immune system and today, turmeric is recommended by alternative medicine practitioners to even fight some autoimmune disorders. One thing to keep in mind is that you need to store this spice away from direct sunlight, or better yet, in a pantry. You can use it with meat, in soups or you can fill gelatin capsules with it and take them as pills. A strong immune system is a must to fight fatigue.
- QUINOA: In the recent years, especially when people became more knowledgeable about the bad side effects of gluten, they have rediscovered this superfood which is a good source of protein, vitamin B complex, iron and magnesium. It is easy to cook and the amount of recipes you will find online will keep you busy cooking for a very long time. You can also mix it in soups and salads. For example you can make the Mediterranean couscous salad with quinoa.
- CHIA SEEDS: The little sponge seeds. They can absorb a great deal of liquid and they can keep you full for a long time. They are rich in protein and vitamin B5. Try adding them to your lemonade. Let them sit overnight and become soft in your lemonade. They give it a nice fun texture too. You can sprinkle them on your salad or your meat as well. Chia pudding is another thing you can try. It is a fun way to get kids used to it if they are picky.
- SALMON: A nice and meaty fish rich with omega 3 and vitamin B. Make sure you buy wild salmon so you do not consume harmful antibiotics and other chemicals used on farm raised ones. Doctors recommend eating salmon twice a week because it is good for the heart. It has good fats in it, the fatty acids that help fight fatigue, depression and improve brain functions.
- AVOCADOS: Avocados are full of healthy fats, fiber, vitamins A and E as well as potassium and omega 3. They are recommended for people who have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure. They help with heart health, they have anti inflammatory benefits and they are good for our digestive system as well.
This article 10 SuperFoods to Boost Your Mood and Restore Your Energy was originally published here at isoulscience.com October 10 2016.