Circulatory stimulating foods that increase the flow of blood around the body will provide a natural increase in energy. Try ginger, cinnamon and turmeric for that natural boost in energy that won’t come crashing down. Ensuring adequate levels of protein for energy production and muscle health is also vital. As this is a chronic condition, supplementation will be necessary until nutritional deficiencies are corrected. Essential to addressing the fatigue is ensuring the mitochondria are functioning well. Magnesium, L-Carnitine and CoQ10 as well as essential fatty acids will be required as these nutrients are essential to energy metabolism.
Inflammatory foods including processed sugars, known allergens, dairy and gluten may hamper your energy reserves. Nutritionists suggest excluding foods that are nutritionally dense and eating mostly a macrobiotic diet, meaning foods in their whole form, that offer the most energy and provide the body with the most nutrients.
Try these nutrient rich foods for a natural energy boost:
Fish is a great source of protein. Tuna and salmon are packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids but can potentially have levels of mercury and so should be consumed occasionally. Try other varieties of fish, too.
Apple Cider Vinegar
An anti-inflammatory that will help to break down food, allowing nutrients to be utilised well by the body. Apple cider vinegar provides support to the digestive system as well as the immune system.
Ginger and turmeric
Both great anti-inflammatories, but most importantly will increase blood circulation therefore increasing energy levels. Grate ginger and turmeric root and add them to scrambled eggs for a zingy start to the day.
A great source of essential fatty acids, flaxseed oil is an easy, tasty way to increase your energy as well as your immunity and mood all in one go. Add a tablespoon to a smoothie and see how good you feel.
These are high in folate as well as magnesium, both essential in treating chronic fatigue issues. Add some kale and spinach to your meal for extra freshness and a nutrient-rich dish.
Coconut oil is a great source of immediate energy. Add a drop to tea or spread some over toast in place of butter. The oil present in coconuts is processed by the liver and used immediately rather than being stored.
This article was originally published in MiNDFOOD.