Fatigue: Three Nutrition Tips that Fight Afternoon Slump

We all know the drill: we have a well-balanced breakfast, remain perky throughout the morning but as soon as it hits 2 or 3pm we hit that slump. Everybody goes through it. It seems like we lose all energy and just want to crawl up into a ball and sleep. This is fatigue taking over your body.  Thankfully however, there are a number of foods that you can eat to help fight fatigue and beat that afternoon slump. Let me share with you some of the best of them.

1.  Pumpkin Seeds.  I know this may seem a little odd, but one of the common causes for fatigue later on in the day is a magnesium deficiency. A ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds should be good enough to give you the boost that you need. Eat these in the morning and you will be feeling the benefits all day, especially when it comes to the afternoon.

2.  Oatmeal. When we feel the slump in the afternoon, we often reach across and grab a cup of coffee or some sugary snack. However, you don’t need to do that. Instead you should eat a bowl of oatmeal in the morning. There is a lot of fiber packed into oats which help us to stay full and to feel full. This helps to combat fatigue throughout the day. In addition to that, the fiber combats constipation, which actually has an effect on how tired we feel (even though you can’t feel the process at work). To cap it off, there is no sugar crash associated with oatmeal.

3.  Yogurt. This is a great food to eat with lunch. A big benefit to yogurt is that it contains both carbohydrate and protein. Proteins digest more slowly so it gives you energy throughout the day. You can also eat it at any point in the day when you are feeling a little fatigued – just be sure it’s not high in added sugar. I suggest Greek yogurt because it is higher in protein than traditional yogurt.

These are just a few options for foods that you can use to tackle the afternoon slump today. Increase your water intake as well and you’ll be energized all day!

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