We are a society that is addicted to energy.
We guzzle gourmet coffees, chug syrupy energy drinks, and pop fat burners in large part for the energy buzz they instill (thanks in large part to caffeine).
Beyond the “conventional” delivery routes of caffeine, new avenues to satisfy your daily fix of caffeine have emerged as you can now find caffeine in just about everything, including peanut butter, protein powder, and gum!
However, in our relentless quest to find new ways to increase our energy, we overlook the very thing that serves as the foundation for energy production in the body -- our diet.
Today, we showcase some of the best foods to balance energy to help you stay locked and loaded all day long!
3 Best Foods to Balance Energy
Iron is an essential mineral whose main purpose in the body is to transport oxygen in the hemoglobin of red blood cells throughout the body so that cells can generate energy.
Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which manifests in feeling run down, tired, and lethargic.
Our favorite source of dietary iron is red meat, but other quality sources include shrimp, tuna green veggies and enriched breakfast cereals.
Many foods get labeled as “superfoods”, but truth be told, there really is no such thing as a “superfood.”
When foods are labeled as such, it typically means that they are very high in polyphenols, antioxidants, and assorted other health-promoting compounds.
Berries (of all kinds) easily qualify for inclusion in the “superfoods” category.
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and even goji berries are packed with antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation and combat oxidative stress.
As an added bonus, they also tend to contain less sugar and fewer calories than other fruits.
Seeing dark chocolate included on this list, you probably think we’ve gone off the rails.
But, the truth is that dark chocolate is a truly amazing food. Dark chocolate contains significantly less sugar and more cocoa than milk or semi-sweet chocolate.
The reason this is important is that cocoa is loaded with a particular type of polyphenols called flavonoids, which confer certain cardiovascular benefits.
More specifically, research shows that consuming dark chocolate may help increase blood flow, which delivers more oxygen and nutrients to your cells, supporting increased energy production.