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5 Foods That Can Make You Feel Exhausted | Hea Boosters

The world has changed so much in the past two years, with the greater part of the population working from home, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we are adjusting to a new type of life, there are a few elements of daily life that should be prioritised more than ever.

One of them is the food habits we have. The pandemic has already shown us that we are what we eat. The sudden surge for immunity-boosting foods, several types of haldi doodh, vegetable washing detergents proves that we are trying to eat and lead healthy lifestyles. However, there are certain categories of food that make us feel exhausted and we may not be aware of it.

While there are other factors that can affect our energy levels and make us feel exhausted, like work pressure, improper work-life balance, and poor emotional wellness, the food we eat can also cause us to feel dull and lethargic. Particularly during lockdown, when everybody is trying to have home-prepared food, we sometimes unintentionally indulge in foods that can make us feel exhausted.

Here are 5 foods that can make you exhausted:

1. Refined sugar:

Eating something sweet after your dinner may sound great, it probably won't be the best thing to do to your energy levels. Treats like chocolates, cakes, and biscuits, which are made with refined flours and sugar can cause you to feel exhausted. If you have something sweet after lunch, you are probably going to feel lethargic and incapable of focusing on your work.

foods that make you feel exhausted - refined sugar
Refined sugar and other food derivatives of refined sugar may make you feel exhausted. 

2. Refined grains:

Food items like rice, pasta, and more which are made from refined grains can cause you to feel low on energy. Have you ever noticed after having rice for lunch, you feel very sluggish? What is more awful is that these food things contain just carbs, which gives you an abrupt surge of energy followed by an energy crash.

3. Artificial energy drinks:

Many of us believe that sweet beverages will help our energy levels since they are high in glucose. In any case, sweet beverages may do the same thing – give you a sudden increase in energy followed by a drop in energy level. These beverages also contain caffeine, which can be addictive when consumed daily.

4. Caffeine:

Many of us start our day with tea or coffee since it invigorates us and makes us feel so much better about the day that is to follow. However, consuming tea or coffee at the start of the day simply suggests that you are not giving your body the right supplements and rest it needs. When you consume caffeine at the start of the day, it spikes your energy at once but leaves you feeling exhausted as the day goes by.

caffeine can leave you exhausted - Hea Boosters
Caffeine gives you boost of energy initially but later on leaves you exhausted.

5. Liquor:

Alcohol may cause one to feel energetic for a brief time, however, regular consumption of alcohol can lead to serious medical problems. Liquors can also reduce your ability to focus, understand, and perform optimally. Alcohol interferes with the quality of your sleep. Additionally, poor sleep quality slows down your metabolism and poor metabolism can make you feel more exhausted. The empty calories also spike your sugar levels and then you crash.

Conclusion:

With this information, hope you will be able to make eating and drinking choices. We don’t know how much longer we will be living at home, so why not make the best and healthy decision, which can improve our lives in the long run.

There are several foods that can help beat feelings of exhaustion during the day. Look for foods that are high in protein, good fats, and fibers. Foods high in iron and other nutrients are also helpful. Always try to stay away from foods that add empty calories like carbs, sugars and caffeine, they do more harm than good.



Sources:

How energy, tiredness, and tension effects are related to sugar snack and moderate exercise:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3820066/

Effects on sleep due to levels of sugar: 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5380400/

Effects of caffeine on sleep quality and daytime functioning:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6292246/

Disturbed sleep and its relationship to alcohol use:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2775419/


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