Energy. It seems like none of us ever have enough. And most of us will do just about anything to get more. That’s where the problem starts. Too many people rely too heavily on caffeine or, even worse, turn to disgusting, sugar-packed energy drinks to make it through the day. These can both be terrible for your body.
But there are better energy sources out there that you probably didn’t know about. And they’re much healthier. So check out the list below and try to add them to your diet to boost your energy on a daily basis.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t know the first thing about Magnesium. At least I didn’t before writing this article. But it turns out magnesium is the fourth most prevalent mineral in your body. And it is a major part of your body’s daily functions. It’s great for energy because it metabolizes glucose and turns it into, you guessed it, energy! It also pumps your muscles full of oxygen which is huge in keeping them energized.
In terms of how you can add more magnesium to your diet, it can best be found in fish, spinach, dark chocolate, almonds, yogurt, kefir, and pumpkin seeds.
Want to feel as energized as, say, Ironman? Then add more iron to your diet! Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin, which is what allows your red blood cells to carry oxygen through your body. If our blood cells don’t get oxygen, we get tired! It’s that simple.
So pump your body full of iron by eating more eggs, artichokes, apricots, cashews, and red meat. Hey, look at that, I like all of those things!
We hear a lot about ginseng these days, but very little about what specifically makes it important for your body. Well, the biggest thing is that ginseng provides your body with adaptogens. Adaptogens are important because they help your body’s anxiety and stress receptors. So, the more ginseng you consume, the adaptogens you put in your body, and the less stress and anxiety you will feel! What a great way to conserve energy.
Ginseng is most commonly ingested in various teas, but can also be found in powder and tabled forms.
Easily the most fun thing to pronounce on this list, ginkgo biloba can improve circulation in your body. It dilates blood vessels and increases overall blood flow. This, in turn, allows all those hardworking red blood cells to reach all areas of your body and keep everything running smoothly and energized.
Ginkgo biloba is typically found in tablet and capsule form. But there are also various tinctures and teas out there that are rich in ginkgo biloba.
Who doesn’t love vitamins?! No one. No one shouldn’t love vitamins. And B12 is easily the best one when it comes to getting more energy. Like most of this list, it affects those valuable red blood cells by increasing the production and size of them. It also helps the body metabolize properly and make sure all the proper nutrients are going to all the proper places. That, of course, goes for energy too!
B12 can come from a myriad of sources, including eggs, lamb, beef liver, mackerel, sardines, feta cheese, and yeast.
So, if you’re like me and you could use some extra energy, like, all the time, then add more of these precious supplements to your diet and you’ll be well on your way!