There are foods that can help you increase your productivity and give you the energy needed to cope with the day.
A Full and Balanced Breakfast
A nutritious breakfast is essential to “wake up” your brain and start the day with energy. It includes low-fat dairy products (milk, yogurt, white cheeses, ricotta) or vegetable milks, whole grains, fresh fruits, and infusions like tea, coffee, or cooked mate herb.
Staying hydrated is essential for keeping yourself energized throughout your long work or school day. It’s important to drink at least 2 liters of fresh water per day, in addition to consuming infusions, fruits and vegetables that are rich in water. When you are thirsty you are already in a mild state of dehydration that can manifest itself with annoying headaches.
The caffeine present in coffee beans gives this drink its energizing and stimulating power, not only at the cognitive level but also at the physical level. It improves memory, increases concentration and it has even been proven that consumption of moderate doses of caffeine before physical activity can improve performance.
Since excessive coffee intake is associated with insomnia, heartburn and tachycardia, it is advisable not to exceed two or three cups of coffee a day. You can also add a few coffee beans to milkshakes and fruit smoothies to get a natural stimulating drink.
Green tea also contains caffeine, which is a stimulant, but it is also a source of L-theanine, which is a relaxant, so this combination ensures increases in energy levels, but without the feelings of nervousness or jitteriness.
Bitter chocolate is invigorating and stimulating at both the intellectual and physical level, since this type of chocolate contains a higher percentage of cocoa. Bitter chocolate should be chosen with 70-80% cocoa to obtain sufficient doses of phenylethylamine and tryptophan (serotonin precursor).
Phenylethylamine and serotonin are associated with increased feelings of well-being and sexual desire, while the theobromine and caffeine present in cocoa increase energy levels.
The mate herb is rich in caffeine that stimulates mental activity, promotes concentration, improves resistance to tiredness, and provides energy. Not only can you drink in its cooked form, but it can also be added to juices and other liquids for a boost of energy.
Andean maca improves sports performance, provides a generalized sense of well-being, increases memory and concentration, and increases libido. Maca helps your body adapt to stressful situations and helps fight energy losses, depression and fatigue.
Maca can be consumed in its natural state, as a powder to make infusions, milkshakes, smoothies, etc.
Ginseng is a powerful activator of the central nervous system and provides energy that is associated with lower levels of stress, greater concentration, less anxiety and improvement of physical and intellectual performance. Like maca, athletes can consume ginseng.
You can consume ginseng extract, drink it as an infusion, boil the root, or you can even steam it in order to consume all of its benefits.
The fruits of the guarana plant contain a lot of caffeine, even more than coffee beans. You can consume it in powder form, in soft drinks or as a tea in order to take advantage of its stimulating and revitalizing properties.
Contraindications of stimulants
The stimulants mentioned above are in their natural state and are generally very safe. However, supplements of these energizers contain their most concentrated ingredients and can be harmful under certain conditions, so it is recommended that pregnant women, infants, children and people with certain diseases consult their doctor to prevent possible adverse effects.