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Processed Foods, Caffeine Trigger Fatigue

Posted: Jun 23, 2016 at 1:39 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chioma Umeha

Lagos-Your body runs off what you feed it, so the best way to get the most out of your food is to make sure you are giving yourself the best you can get. While the depression aspect of bipolar disorder attempts to cast you into lethargy, you can fight back with the right foods.
These tips about what to eat and what to avoid can help you battle your way through the sluggish feelings of depression.
When you eat is just as important as what you eat. Did you ever notice how you feel sluggish after a big lunch or dinner? That is because your body is using its energy to digest that big meal instead of powering the rest of your body. The easiest way to avoid the post-meal coma is to eat smaller-portioned meals throughout the day. This will keep your body fuelled regularly and can help you lose weight.
Avoid processed food
Fries might be comforting while you are eating it, but all that grease and processed food does nothing more than prevent hunger. Processed foods such as canned foods high in sodium, candy, most packaged foods, boxed meals, and pre-cooked meat is typically full of unwanted chemicals, preservatives, sodium, and other compounds that can slow you down.
Avoid caffeine
It may sound odd, but caffeine can make you tired. Sure the first sips give you a jolt, but you know the crash is coming. Cutting back on caffeine can stabilize your energy levels so you can feel better.
If you must have your fix, drink black coffee. Sodas and energy drinks are chock full of sugar and other substances that your body does not want.
Sugars, simple starches
Just like processed foods, refined carbohydrates like sugars and white flour are void of nutrition, yet they are in so many foods we consume. Choosing whole grain foods and complex carbohydrates ensures that your body gets the full benefits of the hull of the grain, where all of the energy-boosting nutrients are found. Sugar is useless. Avoid it.