Natural food sources for energy

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Re: Natural food sources for energy

Postby adronsteave » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:11 am

Of course yes, natural foods are the best source of complex carbohydrates and most of the studies show that those who maintain a balanced diet and weight typically live longer than those who do not take care of themselves.
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Re: Natural food sources for energy

Postby Baron » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:27 pm

Fresh fruits juices, fruits shakes, protein shakes, eggs, and fish are the best sources to get natural energy.
Take these foods rather than taking artificial energy drinks or sports drinks to get natural energy for longer period of the time.
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Re: Natural food sources for energy

Postby angela3398 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:43 pm

Canuck Singh wrote:When it comes to understanding energy and food sources, we need to learn to think in the GI/GL system.

GI is the Glycemic Index, or the capacity of a carbohydrate source to spike insulin. Glucose, the end product of all carbohydrate metabolism has a GI of 100, and it effects blood sugar.

GL is the Glycemic Load, some food items like Carrots have a very high GI, but have a low GL. The reason for this is that carrots are difficult to break down in the digestive tract, this essentially slows the release of nutrients into the blood stream.

So what foods do we choose?

Use foods with a high GI, such as energy drinks or pure fruit juice during exercise or workouts. At other times of the day stick to Low GL foods, this includes all vegetables. Fruits have a higher glycemic load on average than vegetables because they are less likely to have cellulose and starches that are not digested.

Great vegetarian sources of energy include:
- Oat cereal
- Fruits all varieties
- Vegetable all varieties
- Low GL pasta's

The simple solution to picking foods of low GI or low GL is this, if it is a brown item (ie. brown bread, brown pasta, whole wheat, whole oats, whole grains, brown rice etc.) then it will be more slowly released into the blood stream. On the other hand if it is white, it will practically be like sugar and be released very quickly into the blood stream. In order to slave off energy slumps during the day, it is important to have basal insulin levels that keep things running smoothly without that 'crash' feeling people get without activity.

If you are looking for a quick energy alternative, there is nothing better than green tea, shown in research to have a multitude of health benefits.


Thank you for sharing these great information. Keep posting!
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