Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
You eat food for energy and the body runs on digestive sugar and oxygen. That gives you all your oomph, but how you get those sugar molecules matters. Some foods give you a quick burst of energy, which can be a problem because it can lag very quickly. Others fuel you up for much longer. It’s good to know the difference.†
Choosing foods that fuel your body
Whole grains, which include whole wheat, brown rice and oatmeal, can fuel up your energy for a much longer time than simple carbohydrates. The reason for this is they contain fiber. This slows the absorption of the sugar molecules and evens it out. This gives you a more sustained source of energy. Simple carbohydrates such as white bread, crackers and candy lack fiber, so the sugar hits you all at once. You may get a quick burst of energy, but then insulin is getting released at a fairly high concentration, so your blood sugar quickly drops and you may feel sluggish after a short amount of time.†
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Powerful nutrients found in superfoods such as cocoa and green tea help to wake you up, boost exercise performance and keep your brain feeling focused and alert. If you are not getting enough of these vitamins and minerals through your diet, there are also supplements and herbs that can help promote energy levels in the body and brain. Some of these nutrients include B-complex vitamins, ginseng and rhodiola.†
More factors affecting energy levels
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. shares which nutrients you should focus on in order to promote balanced energy levels. He discusses the pros and cons of relying on ingredients such as sugar and caffeine for energy boosts and also provides healthier and more stable alternatives that can provide higher quality support for your body. Listen to the full podcast episode for details on Jerry’s recommendations for boosting your energy levels with healthy, nutrient-dense foods.†
- The benefits of fiber
- How sugar is harmful for blood sugar levels
- The pros and cons of caffeine
- How supplements can help with energy production and usage in the body
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