So, you never skip breakfast, eat a hearty meal for lunch, and pipe down during
dinnertime. You are sure that you eat the foods that you think will give you energy, but
there might be times where you still feel tired regardless.
Well, the foods that you eat can actually help influence your energy levels and there are
some foods that will actually make you feel tired.
You might be surprised why the first entry on this list is red meat. You are sure that it
should provide you with energy since it is rich in iron and B-vitamins, right? Well, those
things are actually true but red meat also contains high amounts of fat which will
actually require more energy to digest, hence leading to lethargy.
Keep in mind that whenever your body digests the food that you eat, it spends energy
just to do so. Now, I am not saying that you should avoid red meat at all costs since its
iron and nutrient content are needed by the body, but what I am saying is that you
should limit your intake of it. Also, if you want to feel energized, eating red meat should
be the last thing on your mind.
Salmon is generally healthy for you. It is a rich source of lean protein and it also
contains Omega-3 fatty acids that promote good heart health as well. However, it also
contains Vitamin B6 which is a vitamin that your body uses to produce melatonin,
otherwise known as the ‘sleep hormone’.
Consume salmon only during nighttime as it is the perfect food to eat if you want to
have better quality sleep.
Although pasta contains carbohydrates, it is not the best source of it. If anything, it
should be removed from your diet simply because it is part of refined carbs which are
ultimately bad for your body. The same goes for white bread, muffins, pancakes, etc.
Pasta contains sugar and flour, both of which may lead to drowsiness. Do not be fooled
by the energy boost it provides as it will surely result in an energy crash shortly after.
A staple in most diet salads, lettuce is great as it is a vegetable that can be added to
almost anything that you can eat. Sure, it provides you with certain vitamins and
minerals and they are generally healthy for you. But like red meat and salmon, it may
not be the best food to eat, especially if you are thinking about improving your energy levels.
That is because lettuce contains a substance that is known as lactucin, which has been
documented to produce sleep-inducing effects on mice.
You can typically find them on some desserts and cherries do provide you with amazing
benefits. But, as is the theme of this article, it is not the best when it comes to boosting
Cherries are one of the natural sources of melatonin and it is only best consumed at
night when you are about to sleep.