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8 Foods That Boost Your Energy

You have been running around all day, your energy is slowly depleting and you need a boost. It may be time to grab a bite to eat. There are certain foods that have been proven to help increase energy levels.

*Related: 10 Secrets to All-Day Energy

It’s important to stay hydrated and eat foods that are rich in protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates. Sagan Schultz, certified personal trainer and CEO of WellWell, explains that nuts and dried fruit are great snacks because they are a combination of fiber and protein which “slows the breakdown of carbs and provides a steady supply of glucose.”

Continue reading for 8 foods that boost your energy.

 

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Coffee

Sagan Schultz, certified personal trainer and CEO of WellWell says that coffee contains “a potent source of inflammation-fighting antioxidants [and] it's shown to protect against type II diabetes, Alzheimer's, liver disease, and depression.” Caffeine also “boosts metabolic rate, adrenaline levels, can enhance short-term memory, and is considered a clean pre-workout supplement,” he adds.

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Intelligent Hydration

“Losing as little as 1.5% water volume is enough to leave you feeling fatigued,” Schultz says. “Your cells are dependent on water + electrolytes to function optimally.” He recommends drinking Watermelon-based WellWell because it is an amazing source of natural hydration, and is also jammed with 2x the potassium of a banana and a potent source of antioxidants like lycopene.

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Nuts and Dried Fruit

Nuts and dried fruits are a combination of fiber and protein, which slows the breakdown of carbs and provides a steady supply of glucose, says Schultz. “Healthy fats found in nuts and seeds provide a longer-lasting source of energy and are ideal for endurance training,” he adds.

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Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has numerous health benefits; it protects your skin, aids in digestion, improves your heart health and also boosts your energy. The Daily Mail explains that the epicatechin, a plant chemical found in dark chocolate, gives the body energy by widening the blood vessels.

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B Vitamins

Schultz explains that B Vitamins “are essential in the metabolic pathways that convert food into energy, and having a deficiency in one of them can set the entire system off.” Include rich sources in your diet – “spinach and other leafy greens, salmon, lentils, and avocado,” he adds.

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Lemon Water

A glass of warm lemon water in the morning will increase your energy for the day. Lemon water is a natural energizer. It helps keep you hydrated, aids in the body’s digestive system, boosts your metabolism, rejuvenates your skin and enhances your mood. *Just add 1 cup of fresh lemon juice to a glass of water.

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Pumpkin Seeds

One serving of pumpkin seeds contain about half your daily recommended value of magnesium, Schultz explains. “This mineral is essential for over 300 metabolic reactions, one of them being the production of ATP, which is the body's basic currency of energy.” Approximately half of U.S. adults get only half of the recommended amount of magnesium, and low levels are linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, he adds.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

The benefits of apple cider vinegar are endless, it aids in weight loss, helps lower your cholesterol, clears acne, and even gets rid of bad breath. But most importantly, it boosts your energy. Simply replace your morning cup of coffee with a glass of apple cider vinegar. Mix a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a full glass of water; you will have enhanced energy and a more productive day.

8 Foods That Boost Your Energy