There are many foods that don’t have sufficient nutrients and don’t provide enough energy. If you eat the wrong things over time it will damage your health. See which foods take your energy, and which ones give you strength and energy.
Foods & Beverages that consume energy
1. Artificial sweeteners – After digestion the body creates low-calorie sugar alcohols such as mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol. They upset the stomach and may cause flatulence and gases which takes energy. Do not use chewing gums with artificial sugars. In addition to sugar alcohols, just the chewing stimulates swallowing air, which further leads to the formation of gases in the digestive tract.
2. Processed foods – chocolate or a bag of potato chips provide express dose of energy, but processed food quickly goes into the blood, which means that it creates a sudden wave of energy and equally sudden fall.
3. Never eat only sweet food – Always try to eat a chocolate or a dessert after a meal with proteins and fat. This will slow down the absorption of sugar and prevent sudden changes in blood sugar levels.
4. Low water intake – If you are dehydrated, your blood volume declines, so it carries less oxygen in the muscle cells and vital organs, and that is why you may feel worn out.
5. Drinking alcohol in the evening – Not only does alcohol lead to dehydration, it interferes with sleep if you drink three to four hours before bedtime.
6. Energy drinks – Most energy drinks contain caffeine, sugar and many chemical compounds that will suddenly give you energy. But it will not be for long, so soon you’ll feel a sudden drop of energy.
Foods and Beverages that give energy
1. Healthy fats – avocado, nuts, olive oil and other healthy fats facilitate digestion and bloating is less likely. Eat them in moderation.
2. Complete food – Less is more. Eat foods that can be eaten raw as often as possible (fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains) and always opt for the least processed version of the packaged food, which has the shortest list of ingredients. When it comes to pasta and bread, look check if the first listed ingredient is integral wheat flour. Foods that are closest to their natural state will provide a much smoother, longer-lasting supply of energy.
3. Enough water – with every meal, drink, sipping slightly, 2.5 ml water. Enjoy strawberries, melon, pineapple or watermelon for breakfast. Fruits rich in water will help you to begin the morning with enough H2O.
4. Energy bars – Make energy bars at home rich with oats, honey, nuts and raisins. Or buy one with a very short list of ingredients.