How fat can affect your energy levels

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Studies have shown that instead of pouring yourself another cup of coffee to fight fatigue, what you may actually need to do is get more fat.

Now, I’m not talking about the unhealthy kinds of fat found in processed foods, like trans-fatty acids. These will have the exact opposite effect. They can deplete your energy levels and make you feel even more tired and lethargic.

Fighting fatigue with fat

A study published in the journal Nutrients found that the fats in processed snacks like crisps, cookies, and French fries can actually MAKE you sleepy.

These kinds of foods are loaded with unhealthy trans fats, which are terrible for your health. They can cause insulin spikes and crashes, and have no redeeming nutritional value.

The researchers found that men who ate a lot of these types of junk foods, were 78 per cent more likely to suffer from daytime sleepiness.

On the other hand, your body’s preferred source of energy is a diet of protein-rich, Paleo-friendly foods like fish, nuts, and even red meat – all of which contain good amounts of healthy fat.

These healthy fats are the types of fat that can help prevent those blood sugar dips you get from eating refined sugars and processed carbs.

If there’s any question as to whether a fat is healthy or not – and whether it will make you sleepy during the daytime or not – stick to eating foods that don’t come in a box, a bag, a can, or a jar.

If you’re going to eat peanuts or almonds, stick to the ones in the bulk food aisle and skip the ones that have been roasted in honey or glazed with just about anything.

Get your meat from a butcher and not the drive-thru or ready-made meal aisle… and choose cheese from the dairy aisle instead of a cheesy snack.

And if you’re still feeling sapped of energy and you’re getting a full eight hours of sleep every night, consult a doctor who’s trained in integrative medicine to check your hormone levels to make sure there isn’t something more serious going on.



Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

Sources:

Men who eat fatty foods more likely to become drowsy during daytime, research says, upi.com/Health_News/2016/05/03/Men-who-eat-fatty-foods-more-likely-to-become-drowsy-during-daytime-research-says/8191462320820/

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