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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Foods That Give Us Energy

It is really sad that most of the people turn to all kinds of stimulants to get a boost of energy instead of getting it from whole foods. What they don’t realize is that stimulants such as coffee, sugar or energy drinks have negative side effects on the long term. They do give you a boost of energy for the moment, but in time they fatigue your adrenal glands and disrupt your blood sugar. Not to mention the side effect that you feel after a short period of time, which is the crash in energy that comes right after the initial high. Practically these stimulants are drugs and can’t be considered foods that give us energy.

Ok, so what should you use instead to get long-lasting energy? Well you have to look at the big picture: there is no single food that will give you more energy than your overall diet. Sure, you can consume the foods mentioned below once in a while, but if the rest of your diet sucks you won’t get that level of energy you really want. So instead of searching for that “miracle” aliment, you should rather have a diet that consists of high-energy foods. And by this I mean raw, natural foods. When a food has not been cooked or processed, it maintains all of its nutrients and natural energy proprieties. As most of these foods will be plant-based, you will get your energy from where they get their energy – and that is from the sun.

A green vegetable will have the maximum amount of living energy compared to animal meat and your body will use less energy to digest it compared to digesting meat. This means more energy left for you and your daily activities. So the closer you eat to the bottom of the food chain, the more health and energy you will have.

And to help you get started, here are some of my favorite energizing foods:

Wheat Grass

You definitely need to try wheat grass, otherwise you are missing out a lot of energy and nutrients. You don’t actually need to grow it yourself (it can be a tough process) but you can easily find it at most healthy food stores. Just 1 oz. of wheat grass juice (about 30 ml) has the same amount of nutrients as 2.5 lbs (1,100g) of green vegetables.

Raw Cacao

Raw cacao is a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, magnesium and other essential minerals. They can give you a natural boost of energy that can last for hours, without the following drop you usually get from coffee or energy drinks.

Goji Berries

They are also a great source of antioxidants and polysaccharides and improve cell-to-cell communication. I personally combine them with raw cacao nibs and they taste really good together.

Keep in mind that these are just a few examples of foods that give you energy and can be a great replacement for coffee or other quick fixes. It is still very important that you follow a raw food diet that will provide you with nutrients, energy and alkalinity.

About The Author: Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s leading holistic nutrition and health experts. If you want to lose weight and live your healthiest and most energetic life ever, then you can learn more about his Raw Food Diet called “Eating For Energy”. Make a change in your life today by visiting his website.

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