Fighting Fatigue with Food - Miniseries Part 5

Not All Fats Are Created Equal

Saturated fats tend to make you lethargic by lowering the amount of circulating oxygen in your bloodstream.  Monounsaturated fats such as almonds provide essential omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids which are linked to an alert mental state.  Salmon is rich in omega-3s and has been suggested to help decrease symptoms of depression and improve heart health.  Other healthy fats to include in your diet are avocados, seeds, nuts, olive oil, fish oil, flaxseed oil, canola oil, and wheat germ.

Mighty Magnesium

Cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts are not only rich in protein, but also magnesium! Magnesium is a mineral that plays a vital role in converting sugar into energy by activating certain enzymes needed to metabolize protein and carbohydrates.  Magnesium can be found in whole grains, especially bran cereals, halibut, dark green leafy vegetables, bananas, dried apricots, peas, legumes, yogurt, and tofu.


Lean Meats

Lean meats, such as pork, lean beef, skinless chicken, and turkey, are healthy sources of protein that also provides your body with an amino acid called tyrosine.  Tyrosine boosts levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, which are brain chemicals that can help you stay more focused and alert.  Lean meats also contain vitamin B12 which combats insomnia and depression.  Other meat sources to consider: water-packed sardines and eggs.