We all have busy and sometimes stressful lives which require energy to live successfully. Exercise, quality sleep, a balanced lifestyle, together with nutritious food will help give us the energy we need to fulfil our hopes and dreams. Eating nutrient dense foods, rather than empty calories obtained at the donut shop, is definitely the way to go. Forget diets which leave you feeling hungry and lethargic, enjoy a balanced diet, full of fresh, whole foods.
Everyone of us needs water, carbohydrates, protein, good fats, minerals and vitamins to ensure we have enough energy to succeed in life.
Have you noticed that if you’re feeling tired and then drink a couple of glasses of water, your energy levels rise? This is because dehydration causes fatigue. Our bodies are made up of up to 75% water. This fluid regulates our body temperature and keeps our cells healthy.
Our bodies need carbs for breaking down protein and protecting us from toxins. Go for complex carbohydrates such as those found in fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
Protein is a vital nutrient for energy. It contains amino acids which the body can’t produce, repairs damaged cells and creates hormones. Dairy products, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, almonds, broccoli, quinoa, lentils and seeds are all good sources of protein.
- Good Fats
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the good fats. Monounsaturated fats are found in foods such as olive oil, olives, eggs, nuts, full cream milk and avocados. Polyunsaturated fats include omega 3 and omega 6. These can be consumed by eating oily fish, seeds and nuts such as walnuts and sunflower seeds.
Trace minerals and macro minerals are essential for a healthy mind and body.
Our bodies cannot function without a steady supply of vitamins. Eating a healthy, balanced diet will ensure that we get all we need, giving us the energy required to get on with our lives.