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Find yourself drinking gallons of coffee in the morning and still feeling exhausted by the afternoon? Wish you could find the energy you need to get through the day without relying on caffeine and sugar binges? You can. Try following these tips and reaching for foods that naturally fuel the brain, rejuvenate the body and don’t leave you feeling sluggish by the end of the workday

Fuel Up

Your mom knew a thing or two when she insisted you eat breakfast before school. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you want to start the day right you need to eat a healthy variety of protein and fiber. Good examples of foods high in protein are low fat meats, eggs, beans and soy. As for fiber, stick with whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits. These foods are not only great energy providers; they also keep you feeling full until your lunch break.

Avoid Energy Zappers
Skip the candy bar and by all means don’t go near the vending machine. Although seen as a “quick fix”, foods that are high in artificial sugars and flavors confuse the body’s blood sugar levels and this can result in plummeting energy. Instead, opt for a variety of fresh fruits as mid-day snacks. They provide the same great sweet taste you’re looking for and are an excellent resource for natural power boosts.

Keep Sharp
Certain foods can play an important role in keeping your memory sharp and your brain healthy. Meals that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins like A and B are great ways to keep you on your toes for an important day in the offices. Try eating fish, poultry, and a variety of nuts, cheeses, and vegetables to reduce feeling of fatigue and keep your mind focused.

The health benefits of water are undisputed. Water is an essential element of your body’s natural needs and without it you may find yourself tired, sluggish, or unable to concentrate. Health professionals recommend that you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day in order to stay hydrated and feeling healthy. Do you feel thirsty right now? If so, that means you’re dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to headaches, feelings of exhaustion and light-headedness. Before you go to your next meeting, be sure to grab a bottle of water. You’ll be on your way to feeling revitalized and alert for the rest of the day.

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