Do you feel tired all the time? Do you wish for sleep or rest more often than you should? There are a wide range of causes that trigger tiredness and these include medical issues such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, diabetes, etc. The lifestyle related causes include alcohol or drug abuse, lack of regular exercise, exertion, jet lag, large meals et al. Thankfully, there are few superfoods that can help us to overcome it.
Which Superfoods Can Help With Tiredness?
Superfoods are high in nutritional density and provide a substantial amount of nutrients with low calories. They are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They can re-energise you. Try these superfoods to overcome tiredness!
- Chia Seeds: These tiny seeds are packed with nutrients. They are a good source of Omega -3 fatty acids, protein, iron, calcium and fiber. They are an excellent source of antioxidants. When soaked in water, they absorb water and expand 10x their size and help us feel full for a longer time. We can add it to smoothies, shakes or have it with water.
- Fruits: such as Watermelon contain 90% of water, have vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that combat dehydration – one of the reasons for tiredness. It also has amino acid L-citrulline which can help reduce muscle soreness. Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients. They provide ample amounts of energy. Avocado as well, is a powerhouse of energy with vitamins such as B, C and E, minerals like folate and potassium, monounsaturated fats and help keep a control on blood sugar spikes as well.
- Kale: This leafy vegetable is a storehouse of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is a good source of iron which carries oxygen to our tissues and cells – much needed for us to thrive. It is an amazing source of calcium, folate and vitamin B. Kale is a low density food which aids weight loss and obesity that are linked to tiredness.
- Almonds: are a good source of protein, fiber and healthy fats. Almonds have vitamin B, which helps convert food into energy. It also contains magnesium which helps us fight muscle fatigue. A handful of almonds are a good mid-meal.
- Dates: are excellent sources of energy. They are high in carbs which provide instant energy. It is packed with fiber, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. It’s an amazing source of antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid. It’s sweet in nature so can be used as a sweetener.
- Spinach: is a powerhouse of nutrients, It contains vitamins like C, K B6, B9 and E, minerals like potassium, magnesium, folic acid, iron and calcium. Adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals are essential for energy production. Low levels of iron can cause fatigue.
- Egg: Do you remember the slogan “Sunday ho ya Monday Roj khao ande”? It’s actually true, as an egg is an excellent source of high biological value protein and healthy fats which can keep us energized. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals which are vitamin D and B12, iron and choline.
- Dark chocolate: is a great source of iron, copper, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and flavanols. Is a rich source of theobromine which is a stimulant that works the same as caffeine. Polyphenols in dark chocolate have positive effects on serotonin levels which helps us to lift up the mood and energy levels.
- Quinoa: It’s a grain crop which is high in carbs, protein, fiber, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, iron, zinc and folate. It is also a good source of vitamin B and E, and various antioxidants. Although quinoa is high in carbs, it has a low glycaemic index, so it releases energy slowly and sustains for a longer time.
- Sattu: It is generally made by Bengal gram (Chana), which means it is high in protein. It is a low cost, so-called poor man’s protein. It Is rich in fiber, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and low in sodium. It provides instant energy with a cooling effect. So it’s best consumed during summer.
Try these foods in your diet especially in morning hours to boost your energy levels and fight tiredness. With these we need to focus on 20 to 30 min regular exercise, balanced meals, adequate sleep, proper hydration and stress management. Do consult your doctor before trying any of these superfoods.