Not many students know about the plethora of natural foods packed with energizing elements. And while vitamins and minerals don’t generate energy in a direct way, they do play a very big role in processing energy at a whole. Here are just a few to get you started:
- Vitamin C
Studies show that the link between vitamin C and one’s energy level has to do with its role in producing a molecule that helps your body burn fat for energy. You can get an adequate amount of vitamin C from a single 8-ounce glass of orange juice. Other vitamin C-rich foods include: kiwi fruit, red or green pepper, broccoli, strawberries, brussel sprouts, and cantaloupe.
- Vitamin B12
A vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to anemia which can lead to bouts of fatigue and other feelings of depleted energy. The most simple way to get this vitamin is to eat B12 enriched foods, which mainly includes, breakfast cereals. Other sources include milk, eggs, cheese, liver, tuna, and yogurt. But remember, everything in moderation – too much of anything isn’t good.
This simple and quick breakfast option is loaded with soluble (you know what that means right?) fiber, a key to slowing down carbohydrate absorption and keeping blood sugar levels steady. A lot of nutritionists recommend this fiber-filled cereal as a good choice if someone is looking for long-lasting energy.
Iron is a mineral essential to transporting oxygen via the red blood cells to wherever it is needed within the body. Not having enough iron can lead to a slue of problems that will lower metabolic rates and ultimately one’s energy level. Here are a few foods that contain a good amount of iron: soybeans, baked beans, spinach, oysters, tofu, and steamed clams.
Bananas provide a lot of potassium and the sugar in bananas is easily digested. Because potassium isn’t stored in the body for long periods of time, your potassium level can drop significantly without you being aware of it.