Fibromyalgia Research UK
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Battling fatigue through our bellies
Many people with fibromyalgia feel tired, And suffer with fatigue, lack of energy will effect your mood but it will also affect your daily activities.
Here is a list of foods that have been proven to help with us with our energy levels and help us battle fatigue through our bellies.
Bananas may be one of the best foods for energy. They are an excellent source of carbohydrates, potassium and vitamin B6, all of which can help boost energy levels in your body
Fatty fish like salmon and tuna are good sources of protein, fatty acids and B vitamins, making them great foods to include in your diet.
A serving of salmon or tuna provides you with the recommended daily amount of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, which is a common cause of fatigue.
Brown rice is a very nutritious food. Unlike white rice, it is less processed and retains more nutritional value in the form of fiber, vitamins and minerals, it could also help regulate blood sugar levels and help you maintain steady energy levels throughout the day
Besides being delicious, sweet potatoes are a nutritious source of energy for those looking for an extra boost.
Sweet potatoes are also a great source of manganese, which helps in the breakdown of nutrients to produce energy
Coffee might be the first food you’d think to consume when you’re looking for a boost of energy.
It’s rich in caffeine.
Coffee stimulates the body and brain
Even though coffee only provides two calories per cup, its stimulatory effects on the body can make you feel alert and focused
Eggs are not only a tremendously satisfying food, but they can also provide energy to fuel your day.
Eggs are packed with protein, which can give you a steady and sustained source of energy because it does not cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin when it is digested
eggs are rich in B vitamins. These vitamins help enzymes perform their role in the processes of breaking down food for erred energy levels.
Apples are one of the most popular fruits in the world, and are a good source of carbs and fiber.
Due to their rich content of natural sugars and fiber, apples can provide a slow and sustained energy release
Water is essential for life. It represents up to 60% of your body weight and is involved in many cellular functions, including energy production
Not drinking enough water may lead to dehydration, which can slow down body functions, leaving you feeling sluggish and tired
Drinking water could give you a boost of energy and help fight off feelings of fatigue
Dark chocolate has a higher cocoa content than regular or milk chocolate.
The antioxidants in cocoa have been shown to have many health benefits, such as increasing blood flow throughout the body
Oatmeal is a whole-grain cereal that could provide you with long-lasting energy.
It contains beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that forms a thick gel when combined with water. The presence of this gel in the digestive system delays stomach emptying and the absorption of glucose into the blood
Furthermore, oats are rich in vitamins and minerals that help the energy production process. These include B vitamins, iron and manganese
The combination of all these nutrients makes oatmeal a perfect food for sustained energy release.
Yogurt is an excellent snack to fuel up your day.
yogurt is packed with protein, which helps slow down the digestion of carbohydrates, thereby slowing down the release of sugars into the blood
Hummus is made with chickpeas, sesame seed paste, oil and lemon. The combination of these ingredients makes hummus a good source of energy
You can enjoy hummus as a dip for veggies or in combination with other dishes such as sandwiches or salads.
Besides being a great and inexpensive source of protein, lentils are a good source of nutrients and help boost energy levels.
Lentils are legumes that are rich in carbs and fiber.
Strawberries are another good energy-boosting fruit.
They can provide you with carbs, fiber and sugars that can enhance energy levels.
You can incorporate strawberries in many recipes, and use them in smoothies, parfaits or salads.
Seeds, such as chia seeds, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds, could also increase your energy levels.
These seeds are generally high in plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.
Beans are rich in nutrients and a great source of natural energy.
Even though there are hundreds of different types of beans, their nutrient profiles are very similar. They are a rich source of carbohydrates, fiber and protein
Beans are digested slowly, which helps maintain stable blood sugar levels and gives you steady energy. Additionally, beans contain antioxidants that can help fight inflammation and promote energy.
Green tea is famous for its long list of health benefits.
It has a high concentration of powerful antioxidants that can help prevent oxidative stress and inflammation
Similar to coffee, green tea contains caffeine, which can increase energy levels. However, green tea also contains a compound called L-theanine
Nuts can be a great snack packed with nutrients to promote energy.
Most nuts like almonds, walnuts and cashews are known for their high calories and abundance of proteins, carbs and healthy fats. These nutrients can provide you with a slow release of energy during the day.
They are also high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and antioxidants that can increase energy levels and help with inflammation and antioxidant protection
Popcorn can be an excellent low-calorie, energizing snack.
It’s high in carbs and fiber, which can make it very satisfying and a good option for a snack.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale, are excellent sources of nutrients that promote energy.
They are high in iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamins A, C, E and K. Additionally, they are packed with folic acid, fiber and antioxidants that provide health benefits
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of iron deficiency
Leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale are excellent sources of iron to replenish your body's stores, and of vitamin C to enhance the absorption of iron in the body
Iron enhances the production of red blood cells for the efficient delivery of oxygen to your cells, which is known to fight fatigue
These are all great suggestions to help us battle our fatigue through our bellies, food gives us energy and powers our brains, fatigue is a fibro gift I personally struggle with and find since eating some of the above my energy levels have increased, I hope the same will happen for you.