Energy - at some point, most of us wish we had more of it. Luckily there are a number of ways to naturally boost your energy levels, and many of them are found in superfoods.
TruSupporter and Holistic Nutritionist, Mandy King, introduces 7 of her favourite natural energy boosters that can be added to your every day life to get that daily lift!
Maca is a root vegetable that resembles the radish. This root is available in powdered form, and is rich in calcium, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium, iron, and vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and E.
Try adding 1/2-1 tsp of maca powder into your morning smoothie for an extra energy boost.
Raw Cacao Powder
Raw cacao is the less processed sister of cocoa powder. Raw cacao is rich in magnesium - a calming nutrient, and has small amounts of phenethylamine - a neurotransmitter that can help improve your mood.
Matcha has been in the spotlight so far in 2017. For Mandy, matcha is a much cleaner energy boost than coffee. Mandy's favourite matcha is our TruOrganic™ Matcha. She also mixes TruMarine™ Collagen into matcha lattes.
Matcha does contain caffeine, about half as much as a cup of coffee, but it also contains a rare amino acid called L-Theanine. L-Theanine is responsible for the slow release of caffeine in the body, which provides you with a steady flow of energy - no spikes or crashes associated with coffee. L-Theanine is also proven to increase concentration, alertness and produce a calming affect in the body. So in addition to that boost, you get a nice relaxed feeling.
When the body is deficient in Vitamin D, some of the symptoms include low energy and tiredness. Although Vitamin D is commonly known as the 'Sunshine Vitamin', you can also get this vitamin from food sources. Some foods that are high in Vitamin D include:
- Egg yolk
- Portobello and Maitake mushrooms
Along with Vitamin D, Vitamin C is critical for energy. Vitamin C is commonly recognized for its role in healthy (and improved) immune functioning. When it comes to getting Vitamin C through your diet, the brighter the better. Colourful fruit and vegetables tend to be high in this nutrient - in particular, bell peppers, papaya, berries, citrus fruits and brussels sprouts.
B Vitamins work synergistically for energy production in the body. B12 vitamins are commonly found in animal proteins, but many products, including soy products, are fortified with B12. Leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, are great sources of folate, a B vitamin which helps encourage steady cholesterol levels.
Exercise is the one of the best energy boosters! Contrary to what people may think, exercise does not need to be intense to affect energy levels. Something as simple as a brisk 30 minute walk can have you feeling clear headed and energized.
What are some of your favourite natural energy boosters?
We would love to try them out!