10 foods to be full of energy in spring

10. Walnuts. These nuts are rich in selenium. Selenium plays a quite important role in the functioning of the thyroid gland, so the consumption of nuts (3-5 a day) may help prevent exhaustion and fatigue.

9. Coffee or tea. These beverages contain caffeine. Caffeine is slightly stimulant and improves concentration, keeps us clear-headed, and delays fatigue, but always in moderate amounts. If we consume too much of this or other stimulant substances (such as guarana, ginseng, etc.) we may get the opposite effect and have our sleep and rest altered.

8. Raw onion. Onion is one of the quercetin-richest foods, which makes it have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-allergy properties. Nasal congestion, runny nose, and watery eyes typical of spring allergies aggravate the symptoms of apathy and drowsiness of spring asthenia.

7. Cheese. Particularly, unpasteurized cheeses contain abundant riboflavin, which is vitamin B2. This vitamin, as well as other group B vitamins, are essential to obtain energy from other foods. A deficit of group B vitamins may produce tiredness, inappetence or anemia, among others.

6. Wild asparagus. Not only group B vitamins are relevant, but asparagus and all green leafy vegetables are also rich in potassium. Potassium is essential for nerve function, muscle contraction, heart rate regulation, the proper performance of our neurons, and preserving the electrolyte balance of our body.

5. Peas. This legume starts our Top 5 since it contains all the relevant nutrients to enhance our mood: group B vitamins, potassium, zinc, and iron, and is a food quite rich in soluble fiber. Peas have a powerful prebiotic effect. This is quite important for maintaining a healthy microbiota, which is also essential for the synthesis of neurotransmitters that have a positive impact on our vitality and optimism. 

4. Grapefruit. It is rich in beta-carotene and a shot of vitamin C. Vitamin C not only strengthens the immune system, but also reduces the effects of stress, and improves attention and concentration. Grapefruit has several benefits for your health, but if you are taking any medicine, it is highly recommended that you consult with a professional about possible interactions prior to abusing this fruit.

3. Cocoa. Cocoa has beneficial properties for the brain, reduces stress, and is a source of phosphorus and magnesium. It is also a delicious food! Indulge yourself and taste a black chocolate square or a crackerbread with cocoa cream. They will provide you with energy and make you in a better mood!

2. Royal jelly. Royal jelly is a substance produced by bees that gives us energy, enhances the transmission of nerve impulses, stimulates the libido, and contrary to popular belief, has little sugar and is rich in protein.

1. Water. Our winner and star on this list and for all the seasons of the year, but especially when the heat starts. Staying well-hydrated is essential to avoid fatigue or weakness, cramps or muscle aches, to sleep well, and avoid altering other body routines in spring and summer (such as repairing the skin, hair and mucus membranes that suffer from sun exposure). We suggest drinking water in cold infusions, with chopped fruit, aromatic herbs and in the form of ice cream.

SPECIAL TIP: Mix water with a touch of sweetener, half a squeezed lemon or lime, and crushed fruit. Put it in a mold with a stick to freeze. You can also freeze pieces of fruit and use them as “flavored ice cubes” to keep the water in your bottle fresh.

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