Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired? Perhaps you suffer from those all-too common energy slumps in the middle of the afternoon? Being unable to maintain a consistent level of energy during the day has a tangible effect on both your wellbeing and your productivity. Luckily, there are plenty of superfoods out there waiting to save you from fatigue, boost your energy levels and help supercharge your day.
Maca might be a little bit magic. Ok - perhaps not magic, but it is an adaptogen (which is almost as good). Adaptogens help your body cope with and recover from stress, allowing you to maintain your energy levels throughout the day.
Studies have already highlighted Maca's energy boosting potential for athletes. But of course - nothing's stopping you from making the most of these fantastic benefits as well. Adding this superfood into your daily diet can help anyone keep a spring in their step.
Like Maca, Ashwagandha is an adaptogen. This means it’s very good at helping you deal with physical and psychological stress. Studies have shown that Ashwagandha can help you adapt to exercise and accelerate your recovery time afterwards. But it’s not just good for your performance in the gym: Ashwagandha even helps boost brain function and concentration, which is perfect for avoiding those mid-afternoon slumps at work.
Chia seeds are a model superfood. Rich in fibre, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and manganese, they really can help increase your energy levels. Chia seeds have been referred to as ‘runner food’, thanks to their unique ability to provide the sustainable energy that long distance runners need.
‘Chia’ is actually the Mayan word for ‘strength’, which means that humans have been familiar with its positive effects for centuries. Chia is super easy to incorporate into your daily diet. Just add a tablespoon to your breakfast to start enjoying more stable energy levels throughout the day.
Goji berries have been used in Chinese medicine for 5,000 years to aid mental and physical wellbeing and lower stress. Goji berries increase blood flow, allowing all of that energy-giving oxygen to flow more freely around your body.
And great news, these antioxidant-packed little berries are so delicious that you can eat them raw, cooked or dried. So try sprinkling some over your breakfast soon for a sweet energy boost.
Spirulina is a type of turquoise algae found in lakes. While it might not sound too appetising, it does offer some incredible health benefits. Spirulina might be one of the most nutrient rich foods on the planet. Importantly, it can help safeguard your energy levels by reducing oxidation, which leads to muscle fatigue.
Thanks to its high concentration of nutrients, a little Spirulina goes a long way. That means a couple of teaspoons added to a morning smoothie is all it takes to get the benefit of this truly fantastic superfood.
There’s a reasons some foods are called super. These nutrient-packed ingredients can help supercharge your energy levels, helping you power through your day without any dreaded slumps.
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