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March 27, 2017 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living

4 Ways to Boost Your Health and Your Energy

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-Be sure to have some high quality protein at each feeding/meal.  The digestion of protein gives rise to a prolonged and sustained blood glucose level which translates to a steady and robust energy level. My top picks for energizing proteins are omega 3-fortified eggs, nuts, beans, fish, low-fat plain yogurt, and skinless poultry.

-Indulge in an ounce or two of high quality dark chocolate. This delectable treat provides just the right amount of sugar and caffeine to jump-start dwindling energy levels and is loaded with some of the most powerful antioxidants yet documented.  Dark chocolate’s antioxidant flavanols enhance blood flow which translates to more energy.

-Drink a cup of freshly brewed tea. Green, black, white, or oolong – all provide a small amount of energy-boosting caffeine, along with potent antioxidants called catechins that increase blood flow.  Tea is the only food I know of that can boost energy, enhance immunity, protect against heart disease, and likely prevent cancer all for zero calories!

-Eat more beans!  I consider beans nature’s most perfect energy-boosting food.  They are a rich source of the body’s preferred fuel – glucose – that’s released steadily over a longer period of time (this translates to immediate, but sustained energy).  In addition, they are chock full of B vitamins and minerals that play a key role in energy production at the cellular level.

 

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