Foods that make us feel energized also give us glowing, supple skin. Here are 4 energizing foods recommended by Dr. Perricone as part of the anti-inflammatory diet:
- Nuts are rich in protein which is not only important for maintaining skin’s suppleness, but they also contain magnesium, a mineral that is critical in the process of converting sugar into energy. Research suggests magnesium deficiency can lead to low energy. Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts are great options.
- Another nutrient that may boost energy levels is folate. Like omega-3 fatty acids, folate is found in leafy green vegetables, including spinach and romaine lettuce.
- Fiber helps maintain stable levels of energy by slowing digestion throughout the day. Increase your fiber intake by eating almost any type of legume including black beans, pinto beans, chick peas and quinoa. Whole fruits and vegetables are also excellent sources of fiber.
- Research suggests that tea’s combination of caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine can improve alertness, reaction time, and memory. Best options for energy are green and black tea varieties which contain natural levels of caffeine.
Which energizing foods do you enjoy most?