Fresh picked or bought fruits are the perfect energy boosters, they are delicious, easy to prep and add to your juices and smoothies!
Did you ever feel your energy levels suddenly dropping? To answer this and many more questions you might have, read on.
I will take you through natural energy-boosting foods that will fight fatigue. Each of the following has been researched and facts showing that it worked for thousands of years. However, sometimes there is another study that says it doesn’t work.
But, luckily, we have scientific facts and conclusive studies showing us that you don’t need to take extra medicinal drugs to uplift your energy levels. Some old medicine has worked for centuries – why neglect it, right?
So, after consulting dozens of studies, my suggestion is to read wisely and listen to your body and do what I find most helpful:
- Try as many strategies as you can to find the one that works best for you.
- Limit sugar-based foods or energy drinks. (Can cause fatigue)
- Consult your doctor .(if you are often tired)
Boost your body energy
Now, let’s continue and take a look at traditional foods that boost your energy levels.
Here are the fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices with the most energy-boosting and fatigue-fighting compounds. Following this are my favourite and most delicious juice and smoothie recipes.
Note that when it comes to energy-boost strategies, I confess that it is preferable to drink a fresh-made juice rather than a smoothie. Because it has less fiber and no dairy (unless you make it with water) or added sweeteners as is typical of fresh juice, it makes for an even more fast-acting and powerful drink.
When fatigue kicks in throughout the day, and or you start feeling lethargic, that is a strong sign that your body is run down by the toxins found in our water, food and air, causing our adrenal glands to overwork.
Tip: You can quickly boost your energy by eating sweet potatoes, for example.
Thus, the best drink can be water, it does elevate your body energy, can also remove toxins, chemicals and parasites from the body to refresh and rejuvenate us.
Or you can wash some unpeeled carrots and eat it raw, or add it to your juicer. Should you peel carrots before juicing? It is up to you.
The good fruits, vegetables and spices with natural energy boosters
Ashwagandha is commonly used in oriental Ayurvedic medicine to reduce fatigue. Though, not recommended if you suffer from anxiety, insomnia or seizures.
2. Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola is known for its benefits – for example: Elephants are known to eat this herb, giving it a reputation for long life. It can improve brain health and increase your life expectancy, too. Also used in Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine to increase energy.
Maria Noel Groves revealed in her boosting brain’s post that eating Gotu improves the brain’s ability to use glucose for energy when blood sugar levels are low. Gotu kola is also known as the Himalayas spiritual herb and is often used by monks to increase concentration during meditation.
3. Ginkgo Ginko Biloba
It is the oldest living tree species on the planet– over 300 million years old! That is unbelievable, isn’t it? Ginkgo is actually sold as a prescription drug in Germany to treat fatigue and is particularly effective with patients having mental fatigue.
4. Sea Kelp
An underactive thyroid is one cause of body fatigue. Iodine is an effective treatment, and natural doses of iodine are found in kelp.
Note: Be sure to buy from an organic source, as Kelp is also known to absorb toxic chemicals in the ocean, thereby passing them on to consumers.
For those who love green tea and coffee to start the day, this is a great alternative. The Guayusa tea-leaf, which have been well studied in recent years, is 100% pure and can improve energy levels. It is grown on sustainable family farms, found in the Amazon rainforest, also known as Ilex Guayusa. This herbal tea doesn’t have any bitter taste, but has a creamy texture with a gently sweet and fruity flavor.
You would be happy to know that Guayusa plant contains more antioxidants and amino acids than green tea. It contains enough caffeine to feed enough energy to the body, mind and soul throughout the day. It also enhances your metabolism.
Ginseng has a powerful compound that increases the body’s ability to fight stress. Pharmacological effects of ginseng have been demonstrated in so many areas such as: cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and assist our immune function. It gives enough energy to help reduce fatigue and supports a healthy adrenal gland.
Multiple studies have proven that ginseng when added to foods arouses body energy, in particular for cancer patients during their exhausting treatment.
Tip: World athletes often added to their food. If you suffer from arthritis, high blood pressure, then it is not recommended.
In China, Reishi is the mushroom known as “the elixir of life” and is used to increase energy. It is available as a tea, tablet or syrup. Millions of people around the globe drink Reishi tea instead of coffee.
Another ancient spice that I often use in almost all types of foods is actually under further scrutiny. But, nothing to be alarmed off, just studying its effectiveness as an energy lift. During the 20th century it has been reviewed medically by many universities and studies link cinnamon to lower our cholesterol.
This spice is the main ingredient in chai tea bags and has long been used medicinally to increase circulation and energy, but there is not yet any research that supports this. I love it.
The Asian people have long used ginger to level their energy levels. Research shows that ginger is very effective against motion and morning sickness, some cancers, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramps and muscle soreness.
Note: Be careful! Ginger has natural blood-thinning properties, so if you’re about to undergo surgery or you take blood thinners, do not use ginger.
11. Great fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables can improve your health and same time be a powerful energy boost. High in fibre, apples digest slowly, prolonging your energy better than any other fruit.
Bananas are composed mostly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fiber, bananas are a major source of energy. They are relatively low in calories, but rich in antioxidants and healthy carbohydrates.
Apples, Bell peppers, and citrus fruits such as oranges, pineapple, or strawberries are high in vitamin C which helps the body produce amino acids and create energy. But take care since peppers are in the nightshade family which causes pain for some people.
Fruits containing most proteins
These are all full of protein: Guava, Avocados, Kiwi, Jackfruit.
Sweet potatoes – are high in potassium and offer a strong source of natural electrolytes. The other mega benefit of consuming sweet potatoes is that they serve as sustainable complex carbohydrates, which release energy into the body slowly over time.
Kale – is great for many things, but essentially for muscle energy and weight loss. Your body will get multiple vitamins such as A, B, C, E, and K. These fight cancer and will protect you against stroke.
All fantastic to assist in digestion and muscle development, fortify your heart, lower bad and increase good cholesterol.
Recent studies suggest that vitamin E will protect you against Alzheimer.
How Can I increase Energy Levels quickly?
If you are out and about, you can select any of the following:
- Grab some peanuts,
- Handful of almonds,
- Pick some dry fruits,
- Peel a banana,
- Slice an apple,
- Suck cinnamon or licorice stick.
Be aware that dehydration can leave you feeling drained, if that is the case, try drinking water.
This seems like a no-brainer, but one of the first things that can help you fight exhaustion is making sure you are getting quality sleep. The cause of fatigue can be lack of protein, vitamin A, D, C etc. To fix that, eat enough veggies, iron nutrients.
While these energy boosters are great pick-me-ups, low-energy levels could be a sign of an underlying medical issue, including hypothyroidism, anaemia, a sleep disorder or a mental health condition. Also, in case you don’t know how much to eat, you want to mix up fruit and vegetables five times a day.
The trick is, avoid processed foods as much as you can, which can make your energy levels spike but drop quickly leaving you feeling foggy.
Please visit and talk to your doctor if you are feeling low in energy or is beyond what’s typical for your lifestyle, or is getting worse.
Meanwhile, and to keep my promise, I posted and link to other pages some juices you can make today.