When you think about what makes you feel tired and lethargic during the day, especially during that dreaded afternoon energy slump, there are probably a few things that come to mind. Maybe you didn’t get a good night’s rest the night before, or maybe that one cup of coffee in the morning just wasn’t enough to really get you going.
However, you may or may not be surprised to learn that your dietary choices tend to have a much bigger impact on your energy levels than you may have initially realized. While there are certain foods out there that have been known in the healthcare community to boost a person’s energy naturally and efficiently, it also turns out that there are foods out there that can just as quickly take away your energy and leave you feeling lethargic and just plain exhausted.
Unfortunately, the traditional Western diet tends to be chock full of the types of foods that are more detrimental to not only our energy levels, but to our overall physical and mental health and wellness as well. I recently came across a very informative article post by Aging Care that discusses some of the worst offenders when it comes to foods that can quickly zap away a person’s energy, and I would be glad to share what I learned from the post here with you now.
The Western diet tends to contain lots of foods that are processed and filled with sugar, fat, and salt, and these are the main reasons why many of these foods are so adept at taking away our energy. Chips, candy, and crackers all tend to offer little to no nutritional value for the body, which leaves the body craving the nutrients that it needs to truly thrive on a day to day basis. It also doesn’t help that our diets tend to rely heavily on foods that have been highly refined, such as white breads, white rice, and white pasta, which are all grains that have been completely stripped of any and all nutritional value. These foods in particular have a very high glycemic index, which means that they tend to spike the blood sugar levels very suddenly before just as suddenly leaving the bloodstream and dropping blood sugar levels. These fluctuations can be dangerous, and they definitely don’t do us any favors when it comes to keeping our energy levels up.
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