Can healthy eating boost your energy?

Healthy eating can affect the body in numerous ways.  The one positive affect is that healthy eating can boost your energy levels throughout the day.

Our energy comes from the foods we eat and the liquids we drink. The three main nutrients used for energy are carbohydrates, protein, and fats, with carbohydrates being the most important source.

Complex carbohydrates such as high-fiber cereals, whole-grain breads and pastas, dried beans, and starchy vegetables are the best type of foods for sustained energy.  They typically are digested at a slow, consistent rate. Complex carbs also stabilize your body’s sugar level, which in turn causes the pancreas to produce less insulin. This gives you a feeling of satiety and you are less hungry.

Also important in a healthy, energy-producing diet is lean proteins (preferably chicken, turkey, pork tenderloin, and fish), legumes (lentils and beans), and a moderate amount of healthy fats (avocados, seeds, nuts, and certain oils).

Fluid is necessary for digestion, absorption and transporting nutrients for energy.  The average person should drink 6 – 8 glasses of water per day.

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