Top 5 Foods To Fight Fatigue

Top 5 foods to fight fatigue

Top 5 foods to fight fatigue

Eating small meals and snacks throughout the day is important to avoid blood sugar slumps, fighting fatigue and keeping your energy up from dawn till dusk. But what you eat is just as important as when you eat it. Include these energy boosters in your daily diet and you’ll be raring to go all day.

1. Beetroot

A study found certain compounds in beetroot, called nitrates, help dilate blood vessels, getting more oxygen into your muscles. This could improve your stamina during exercise, so you can keep working out for a while longer. Drinking beetroot juice was found to have the same effect as eating the vegetable, or try it roasted and served with goat’s cheese and a sprinkle of walnuts.

2. Coconut oil

It may be almost 90 per cent saturated fat, but the majority is made up of medium-chain triglycerides, which provide energy in the same way as carbohydrates, so coconut oil is a great energy-booster. Just watch the calorie content, as, like all fats, there are nine per gram. Spread it on your toast, fry your food with it, or use it in cakes – it’s incredibly versatile.

3. Chestnuts

Feeling sleepy? Try eating some chestnuts. They’re high in fibre and rich in starchy carbohydrates, the body’s preferred source of fuel. And because they’re so low in fat, they’re lower in calories than other nuts, like almonds and cashews. Roast some with a coating of honey, or use in a tasty stuffing.

4. Hemp seeds

A sprinkle of these can help fuel you during the day. Hemp seeds are a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, plus they’re also rich in protein and fibre, so this nutritious combo will keep you going for longer and stave off those hunger pangs. A spoonful on your cereal or used in baking will lower a meal’s glycaemic index (GI) and make it extra-filling.

5. Matcha

Instead of a coffee to pep you up, try matcha. It’s made from tea grown in the shade for weeks, dried, and then powdered. It has 137 times the antioxidants of green tea and also contains l-thianine, an amino acid that helps calm the central nervous system. Add the powder to a smoothie to help you fight stress throughout the day.

This article has been adapted from longer features appearing in Healthy, the Holland & Barrett magazine. Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP before trying any remedies.

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