How Much Energy do You Really Have?

How Much Energy do You Really Have?

Today, we need to do more than one thing at a time to complete multiple goals simultaneously. Multitasking has become a necessary skill to have. But what exactly is multitasking? Multitasking involves doing one or more functionally independent tasks at a time, with each task having unique goals involving distinct stimuli, mental transformation, and response. This demands physical and cognitive attention.

This is where good eating habits can be a savior. Optimal food intake helps increase energy and fulfills nutrient needs required to meet physical exertion.

Our energy for physical activities comes from the chemical form of energy present in food in the form of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). If you are a regular multitasker, then you will require more energy as you will be prone to increased stress and potential health issues. A diet rich in essential nutrients and antioxidants will keep the energy and nutrient sources replenished and balanced.

Do construct a diet plan that includes basic foods rich in proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Foods which should be included are peas, dates, Indian gooseberry, black pepper, finger millet, nuts and fresh fruits like apples, banana, and coconut.

Peas are a pivotal source of both macronutrients and micronutrients. The body can easily digest peas, unlike other pulses. Peas are not just known to have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health but also its rich fiber and protein content help in keeping a check on excess weight gain.

Dates contain several nutrients and are a good source of energy. They are easily digestible and quickly increase energy levels. In addition, the rich fiber and high tannin content make dates a good laxative and beneficial for individuals with intestinal disorders, respectively.

Indian gooseberry, which is a rich source of Vitamin C, proteins, and minerals, acts as a powerful antioxidant. It helps in free radical scavenging associated with increased stress and premature aging. Further, it helps provide resistance against many diseases by increasing immunity and accelerating the cell regeneration process.

Just consuming the right food is not enough. It also has to be digested properly to avoid problems related to the digestive tract. According to Ayurveda, black pepper helps stimulate the digestive system and ensures proper digestion of food. A common spice in kitchens worldwide, it improves the functioning of the digestive tract, helps treat diarrhea, and prevents flatulence and bloating. In addition, it increases appetite and relieves cough. Black pepper also increases the bioavailability of nutrients (which implies the actual amount of the nutrients absorbed by the body or available at the target tissue).