We all want more energy right?
In fact many of us crave more energy and often wanting more energy is the central reason we want to improve our nutrition and health!
Nutrition and energy go hand in hand. However, not always the nutrition choices made will fuel our bodies with an abundance of sustainable vibrant energy levels. Many people do not even realise the abundant energy they could feel by adjusting their eating approach.
Sadly a large portion of the population are struggling with poor nutrition, obesity and chronic illness. Vitality and a surplus of natural energy and wellness is on the decline.
So in this blog we want to inspire some of your nutrition planning and help you get an idea of what kinds foods can help to boost your energy levels.
And before you think our ideas will be around foods and meals that will give your blood sugar levels a rush of glucose – think again! Our nutrition ideas support energy production due to their nutrition quality and inspiring your body to have healthy cells and stabilised glucose levels.
- Eat foods rich in B12; Foods rich in B12 include; beef, organ meats, chicken, dairy and oily fish. B12 is an essential nutrient your body cannot make on its own so it needs help from foods to get it. Vitamin B12 is involved in helping our bodies red blood cells and keeping the nervous system healthy, it also plays a vital role in helping release energy from food. You can get your B12 checked in a simple pathology test if you suspect something is not right. In many cases gut health changes combined with the right balance of B12 foods can correct any deficiency in this area.
- Focus on nutrient dense core meals and limit your snacking; Unnecessary snacking can be very fatiguing on the body and taxing on glucose levels. Of course there are exceptions and if needing a snack try and keep it ‘clean’ (plenty of snack ideas here if you need) so anyways, back onto nutrient dense meals. What we mean by this is ensuring the meal has healthy fats, some high quality protein and plenty of colour by the way of leafy plants, seeds, herbs or vegetables. Some examples of nutrient dense meals can be accessed here.
- Increase your Vitamin D levels; On many occasions low energy can be an indication of a deficiency in the body. Vitamin D deficiency is very common but can be easily addressed. Vitamin D is a hormone that controls calcium levels in the blood. It is needed for strong bones, muscles and overall health. In having optimal Vit D levels the body can feel much stronger and stable particularly in helping with a consistency of energy across the day, along with benefits to improved sleep. Foods that can help in boosting Vit D along with body exposure to sunlight include; sardines, eggs, fortified milk, oysters, beef, cheddar cheese. Vit D is fat soluble so to help absorption from foods or sunlight, consume plenty of healthy fats in your diet.
- Include Vitamin C rich foods in your meals; Vitamin C offers antioxidants to the cells in our body. This helps to fight off inflammation. If we have inflammation in the body this will impact our energy levels. Consume foods like lemons, capsicum, green vegetables and berries to be getting as much Vit C from nutrition a possible. If you need extra Vit C support then consider a quality supplementation.
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Of course nutrition is just one way to help improve our energy levels, but certainly an important area to our overall health and well-being. We hope these ideas above useful and that you may consider trying some. If you have any questions please feel welcome to reach out – here.
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