July 20, 2024

It’s easy to feel exhausted when you have to manage work, family, friends, and household demands. What many people reach for isn’t keep them energized for long. These foods are great for fighting fatigue.

Oats. They provide the B vitamins needed to turn food into energy. Oats are high in low-GI carbohydrates, which means they last longer. Have breakfast with porridge, oats, and bircher muesli.

Water. Mild dehydration can cause fatigue and lethargic symptoms. Drink a few more glasses each day.

Low-fat beef or lamb. This can help to prevent iron deficiency (a common cause of fatigue in women). Try making red meat a “Monday-Wednesday-Friday” habit.

Bananas. They are high in low-GI carbohydrates and provide long-lasting energy. They are also rich in potassium, vital for brain power and nerve impulses that keep us alert. Grab one for an easy-to-eat energy snack.

Legumes. Rich in fiber, low-GI carbohydrates, and protein, legumes, such as chickpeas, beans, and lentils, are also rich in iron, folate, and magnesium. Add more flavor to your meals by using them as side dishes and salads.

Energy-draining foods

Avoiding fatigue means avoiding food that can drain your energy.

Alcohol. It dehydrates and depletes your B vitamins. This can cause dehydration, especially when consumed in excess.

Caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that provides adrenaline and an energy boost. However, consuming more than three cups of espresso daily can lead to caffeine addiction. You could experience fatigue, headaches, and tiredness.

Confectionery and soft drinks. These are obvious choices for quick energy, but they often contain “quick sugars,” which can add extra kilojoules and tire you an hour later.

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