The foods we eat provide nutrients that the body uses to grow, repair and function. Macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) are used as fuel for growth, repair and energy. Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are critical at a cellular level so the body can function as optimally as possible. Getting good quality macro and micronutrients, makes all the difference to your energy levels, here are four key points from the team at Hardy’s Whangaparāoa to help you get better energy this summer.

Choose natural

Natural, unprocessed foods are typically higher in fibre, essential fats, vitamins and minerals, and lower in fast-digesting carbohydrates. Diets based on natural foods are both better for our overall health and for our energy levels.

Eat until you’re full

Not eating enough high-quality food is probably THE biggest reason why our energy levels can flag. In contrast, many people eat large volumes of highly processed and refined foods which negatively impact energy levels. The good news is that when you eat a diet based on natural, unprocessed foods, you can typically eat as much as you like without having to worry about over-eating. This is because these foods are generally high in nutrients such as fibre that help to fill you up and promote satiety.

Build your meals around protein

Protein will help to regulate blood sugar levels and will also create the greatest satiety compared to the other macronutrients. So, by basing meals on quality protein, you will help to preserve your energy levels and reduce the tendency to overeat. Protein can also ‘crowd out’ the excess carbohydrates that can sabotage energy levels too.

Consider a multi

Multivitamin and mineral supplements can help to improve our perceived energy by improving cognition and memory and reducing energy-sapping stress. While they aren’t essential for energy, they may be beneficial in conjunction with diet and lifestyle strategies. Good Green Vitality and Kids Good Stuff are high-quality multi-nutrient supplements that contain a range of nutrients which help to support energy production. These nutrients include vitamin B1, B2, B5 and B6. Herbs such as rhodiola, ashwagandha and astragalus (found in Good Green Vitality) may also help to improve energy levels by increasing the body’s tolerance to stress. By supporting the adrenal system and increasing our resilience to stress and anxiety, these herbs may help to improve perceived energy.

To get more information on eating for energy, head to Hardy’s Whangaparāoa at Coast to talk to Kirsty and the team.

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