Foods that Smash Lethargy To Pieces

    • Nitya Shukla
    • Publish Date: May 1 2016 5:55PM
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    • Updated Date: Jun 3 2016 6:42PM
Foods that Smash Lethargy To Pieces

Because we totally believe in the adage 'you are what you eat.'

The good news is that each of these conditions (tiredness, stress or sleeplessness) can be remedied by eating these super foods. However if your symptoms persist,  seek the opinion of a medical practitioner. 

To boost your energy

Oats, beetroot and chocolate have an instant pick-me-up-effect whether you are heading out for an exercise session or suffering from a mid-afternoon slump

Chocolate

Amongst the many  reported health benefits of dark chocolate (including its ability to lower heart disease risk, prevent wrinkles and boost the mood), the popular treat is also a great energy booster. Chocolate is high in energy-boosting chemicals including theobromine (a stimulant found in many popular energy drinks) and caffeine.

Oats
If you’re feeling worn out, weak or unable to concentrate, you could be deficient in certain B vitamins. These vitamins not only help to keep the brain functioning at it optimum, they also assist the body to break down carbohydrates into glucose to fuel the body. For a good source of B vitamins, try incorporating oats into your diet; a bowl of porridge in the morning should do the trick.

Beetroot
Beetroot not only provides a multitude of health benefits, the vibrant vegetable is also a great source of long lasting energy because of its sugar content. It is also high in many energy-boosting nutrients including magnesium, iron, vitamin C and nitrate. Increased dietary intake has the potential to enhance exercise tolerance.

To beat the blues

Most of us go through periods of anxiety, irritability or depression. Here are the top three foods to perk you up instantly.

Bananas


Bananas are high in natural sugar, making them a great remedy for low energy levels that can leave you feeling low. On top of this they are a great source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid, which boosts serotonin levels, helping to regulate your mood. They have high levels of vitamin B6 which helps to reduce swelling and protect against type II diabetes.

Marmite
If you’re feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, a dose of Marmite, rich in B vitamins, could help uplift your mood. B vitamins are important for normal brain function and producing mood boosting serotonin, with vitamins B12 and B6 being particularly beneficial for regulating your mood.

Oily fish
Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish are known for being good for the heart. However, they are equally beneficial for our brain health and mood. A recent study found that participants who had lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood were more likely to be moderately depressed and have a negative outlook.

To sleep well

Regular or occasional bouts of insomnia is never a good sign. Fortunately, there are foods that can help you sleep better.

Dairy products


If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, foods containing tryptophan should be a first port of call. Tryptophan, an essential amino acid, helps to raise serotonin and melatonin levels in the body, both helping to induce sleep. Bedtime-friendly sources include dairy products such as yogurt and milk.

Flax seeds
Flax seeds are great for increasing levels of sleep regulating substance serotonin in the body due to their high levels of both tryptophan and omega-3 fatty acids. Furthermore, the omega-3 fatty acids they contain have been proven to help reduce anxiety, depression and stress which are leading causes of insomnia.

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