Feeling Sluggish? Here are some tips to boost your energy level and mood

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Tip 1: Don’t skip breakfast because it IS the most important meal of the day. People who usually eat breakfast every morning tend to have a better mood throughout the day because it provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast.

Tip 2: Avoid sweets which cause blood sugar to spike, making you feel tired and moody. Instead, pick whole grains (smart carbs) like whole wheat bread and brown rice. The body absorbs whole grains more slowly, keeping your blood sugar and energy levels stable.

Tip 3: Find foods that contain Magnesium. Magnesium plays a key role in converting sugar to energy which can be found in foods such as cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts.

Tip 4: Eat Lean pork, lean beef, skinless chicken, and turkey because they are sources of protein that include the amino acid tyrosine.  Tyrosine boosts level of two brain chemicals (dopamine and norepinephrine) that can help you feel more alert and focused.

Tip 5: Make sure you have enough fiber in your diet which helps keep your energy steady throughout the day. Many foods contain fiber such as beans, fruits, and vegetables.

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Tip 6: Stay hydrated and drink water. This can help you avoid getting tired. Even mild dehydration can slow your metabolism and sap your energy.

Tip 7: Eat small meals and snacks every three to four hours, rather than two large meals a day. This keeps your energy, mood, and blood sugar steady.  Some options include: peanut butter on whole grain crackers, half a turkey sandwich with salad, or whole grain cereal with almond milk.

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Tip 8: Besides diet, exercise is another tried-and-true way to boost energy and mood. Even a single 15 minute walk can be energizing and give your energy all day long.

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