Need a jolt of energy? Me too!
While, summer is an awesome time to get active outdoors, the intense rays can wipe us out.
“Excess heat can drain our energy and make us feel, tired, irritable, and lethargic. It is important to drink water and eat foods with high water content to make sure that we are hydrated and remain energized,” reveals celebrity nutritionist, Dr. Oz Garcia, who has worked with Heidi Klum, Kim Cattrall, and Hilary Swank.
Plus, maximize your energy with the right nutrients. Dr. Oz Garcia shares his favorite foods, which help keep the stars powered all day long.
Five Fave Foods for Fuel:
Pistachios are a great source of manganese, copper and vitamin B6, all which contribute to the production of energy in the cells. In addition, just one ounce of pistachios provides 3 grams of fiber, which slows digestion providing a steady energy supply throughout the day. Enjoy these nuts as a snack on their own, or sprinkled over a salad for a tasty crunch.
Not only is salmon high in protein and B vitamins, but also it is rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. The anti-inflammatory property of this essential nutrient aids in providing the brain with a healthy supply of blood, which is important for memory and performance. Studies have shown that deficiencies in this nutrient may be linked to depression, a condition in which fatigue is a common symptom.
Blueberries contain an impressive amount of anti-oxidants, nutrients that help protect our cells from free radical damage. Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants and just one cup of this delicious fruit provides about a quarter of our daily needs. There is some evidence that Vitamin C may reduce levels of fatigue, so in combination with its supply of manganese and fiber, this sweet berry is a smart choice for a midday pick-me-up.
This creamy snack is both calcium and protein-rich and is a source of the amino acid tyrosine. In the body, tyrosine converts into the chemicals dopamine and adrenaline- the “feel-good” chemicals that help us to feel energized. The active cultures in yogurt not only help to maintain digestive health, but they also energize you by helping your immune system function efficiently.
One egg provides 6 grams of high-quality protein, which helps to satisfy hunger and provide a sustained source of energy. Eggs are also rich in the essential amino acid leucine, which aids in the regulation of blood sugar levels and energy production.
Try and include one of these five foods into your diet everyday. Or, rev up your energy with a power combo, like yogurt topped with fresh berries and pistachio nuts for a light breakfast or snack. Learn more about Dr. Oz Garcia at www.ozgarcia.com.