Increasing Your Energy – Skip the Cookies

Avoid an energy boomerang by avoiding high-sugar, high-fat baked goods such as cookies, pastries and donuts. Even though those foods do give you an initial boost in energy, the fast-burning carbs in these foods is followed by a dive in energy levels.

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Increasing Your Energy – Nuts

People who do not get enough magnesium often feel irritable, fatigued and susceptible to stress. Nuts are high in magnesium, and can help replace the magnesium that is depleted due to chronic diseases and stress. Good nuts are almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews and hazelnuts.

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Increasing Your Energy – Beans

Beans are rich in tryptophan, an essential amino acid used by the body to produce serotonin, the neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood. Beans also contain manganese an essential element to prevent blood sugar swings which can make you feel like you’re “out of gas.”

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Increasing Your Energy – Carbs

If you’re eating mostly low-glycemic foods to keep blood sugars level or to try to lose weight, about once or twice a week it’s OK to have a meal of fast-burning carbohydrates such as pasta, white potatoes or white rice. One thing that the occasional high-carb meal will do is boost your energy, but also will help your body to avoid a slowing metabolism that comes along with eating a low-carb diet.

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Increasing Your Energy – CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 is one of the best energy-producing nutrients, and it’s one that most people dont’ get enough of. CoQ10 increases the activity of the mitochondria, the energy-producing structures inside the cells. If you’re taking a statin drug to lower cholesterol, you’re probably deficient in CoQ10 because statins deplete CoQ10 from the body.

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