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10 Energy-Boosting Food And Drinks To Stock Up On

That "end of year fatigue" is beginning to sneak in, ain’t it?

BY Naledi K

Sep 09, 2021, 11:09 AM

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Believe it or not, the end of the year is less than four months away. Whether it is good or bad news for you, the one thing we all have in common is that “end of year” fatigue that has been creeping in of late. You feel tired and even though you try, it seems as if your energy is suddenly not enough to keep you going for the 16 hours you are supposed to be productive. You are not alone. Many people feel tired or rundown at some point during the day, especially when we get to this point of the year where we recognise that we are almost at the end but there’s still so much left to do. 

Most people get sicker or burn out at this time and the body demands that you take a young break and renew your energy to tackle the last bit of the year and smash the rest of the goals you jotted down in January. Generally, a lack of energy could affect your daily activities and make you less productive, which works against your need to tie up loose ends so you can start planning for 2022.

A lot of things go into making sure you achieve your goals and the one thing we know is that you need the energy. Resting when your body calls for it, exercising, hydrating and prioritizing your mental health helps one stay sane for the last push. However, food remains the number one source of energy. But it’s not that simple because the type and quantity of food you eat play essential roles in determining your energy levels throughout the day.
“Even though all foods give you energy, just like Animal Farm: All foods are equal but some are more equal than others.” 
Some foods contain nutrients that could help increase your energy levels and maintain your alertness and focus, more than others. The trick is to find food that is best in slowly releasing energy - from healthy carbohydrates which are the body's main energy source. Then include quality protein sources, as these are needed for maintaining body tissues, including muscle.

Other foods on this list contain a range of important vitamins and minerals involved in cellular energy production processes in the body. Here are the top tier foods and drinks to add to your grocery list.

  1. Water
  2. Green tea
  3. Coffee (yes, you read right...)
  4. Eggs
  5. Quinoa
  6. Bananas
  7. Sweet potatoes
  8. Nuts and seeds
  9. Spinach
  10. Beans and lentils

It is important to also try and figure out what the source of your fatigue is. For most people, it’s work and the demands of life such as being a mom, a wife, a girlfriend, a daughter etc.

However, if you find that you are increasingly tired, the source may be a deficiency in your body or one mineral or the other or disease or illness like low or hypertension (high blood). Consult a professional and be on your way to a healthy, energy-filled life. Life’s too short to go through life with no energy to enjoy.