Boost Your Energy: Top 10 Superfoods + 8 Secrets for Endless Energy

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Top 10 Superfoods to Super Boost Your Energy

What’s good about superfoods is that they contain a lot more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and are relatively low in calories. These antioxidants are like the “good soldiers” that fight harmful substances, called free radicals. Free radicals are unstable chemically substances, and as such tend to “attack” other substances in the body and may even produce a chain reaction that causes a lot of damage. They strengthen the immune system, slow down the aging process and boost energy. So if you feel that you’ve ran out of gas, take an energy knock with these 10 super foods:

1. Raw Cacao

You will be delighted to know that dark chocolate, is in fact, good for you! But that doesn’t mean you should head out and buy a lifetime supply of chocolate bars to feast on. I’m talking about the raw, unrefined, chocolate. Also known as, cacao. Cacao is chocolate in it’s most purest form. You can buy real cacao beans, or a powder form, at most health stores or supermarkets. It is amazing what you can do with cacao. You can make creamy smoothies, milkshakes and healthy versions of all your favorite chocolate treats.


Apart from tasting delicious, cacao has a number of nutritional benefits. It is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus, and more. It also contains tryptophan, which helps to produce serotonin (the happy hormone, which reduces anxiety, and has the same effect as love on our brain). That’s the reason why chocolate is used as a gift on Valentine’s day.

Further reading: Read my previous articles about how to use raw cacao and dark chocolate as a medicine.

2. Chia Seeds

Chia is a seed that originates from Mexico, dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and it’s not hard to see why. Chia seeds are a food that gives you energy fast. They are packed with vital nutrients, making them arguably the most nutritiously dense seed, containing omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.

Chia seeds can be easily added to meals. Their nutty flavor tastes great on top of oatmeal, salads, rice dishes, yogurt, or mixed into smoothies and cookies or cakes. Or if you are a true chia fan, then you can take them neat by adding them to water, in which they form a gel.

Further reading: Find here 10 amazing reasons you should eat chia seeds.

3. Coconut water

Coconut water is all the rage at the moment, (you may have seen posters of Rihanna sipping out of a coconut seductively). Well in case you are wondering what all the fuss is about, you’d better read my previous article about 10 reasons to drink coconut water that you probably didn’t know about. Coconut water is packed with nutrients that yield an array of health benefits. It is 95 percent water and is extracted from young coconuts and it is very refreshing.

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One medium glass of coconut water also contains more potassium than a banana, and less than 1% fruit sugar. It is also packed with electrolytes, (minerals found naturally in your body fluids, such as plasma.) Electrolytes maintain fluid balance in your body.

Nutritionists advise drinking coconut water in moderation, rather than replacing it with water, as it does contain calories, and naturally occurring sugars. However, coconut water is definitely healthier than fizzy drinks, and in moderation, coconut water should help you stay healthy, young and fit.

4. Spirulina

This is a blue-green algae, that is a rich source of beta-carotene and amino acids. Dried spirulina contains about 65% protein (much more than fish, meat or poultry, with 0 cholesterol). It is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids. Now, the idea of eating algae make not sound particularly appetizing, but hear me out.

Not only it is highly nutritious and packed with protein,  spirulina is also high in chlorophyll and iron, antioxidants, beta-carotene and essential fatty acid omega 3 and 6. According to Dr Oz: “Spirulina is an excellent source of protein. This blue-green algae, available in powder and supplement form at health food stores, boosts energy by unlocking sugar from your cells so it does not get stored as fat.”

Spirulina can be bought as a powder, which is said to be the most powerful, as it is directly absorbed into your body. It can be mixed into smoothies, juices, or even just a glass of water. But, be warned! It does have a very strong, earthy taste, which you may find easier to drink if it is mixed in with something. Whichever way you choose to consume spirulina, it is certainly a food that will give you energy all day.

Further reading: Find more information in my article how to boost your health with seaweed and algae and how to consume them.

5. Bananas

Bananas are a perfect accompaniment to a high energy diet. Whether you are an athlete, a housewife, a child, or just an average person like me, bananas should be a part of your diet.

Why? Well, first of all, they contain a whole load of potassium. They have antacid effects, and contain tryptophan, which as we learned earlier, boost serotonin.

Furthermore, numerous studies have found potassium to decrease blood pressure, protect against the hardening of the arteries, prevent strokes, increase bone health, and improve overall heart health. So, what are you waiting for? Super-food your diet today! If you need further convincing why you should eat bananas, read my previous article about health benefits of bananas.

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6. Goji Berries

Ah the gorgeous goji berry. Full of protein, amino acids, and minerals such vitamin B1, B2, B6, E and C. Not to mention being rich in antioxidants, they are also known to improve vision, increase libido, sexual function and boost your immune system. Sounds perfect, right?

You can eat goji berries in many fun ways. Why not whip them up in your smoothies or add them to oatmeal for breakfast? Or mix them into salads, pop them in your trail mix or even use them in muffins and desserts!

Further reading: find here 5 important reasons why you should eat more berries. Apart from that, each berry has its own uniqueness which you can read in my e-book The Healing Berry Guide where you can find more information about the healing powers of berries and is a must if you want to become healthier from the inside out and get healthy and easy berry recipes that are sure to boost your health.

7. Maca Powder

Girls, if you suffer from PMS, or hot flushes as part of your menopause, then maca powder is your friend! This superfood provides relief from your symptoms. But guys, don’t feel left out, as maca powder is worth your while too, by enhancing your fertility, decreasing stress levels, building strength, stamina and boosting your libido. It is also a great food for an energy boost.

Maca is a Peruvian root vegetable from the radish family. It is used for centuries for food and medicine, since the Incas. You can use it in its powder form. It is rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B1, B2, C, E and iron, and is also full of amazing minerals like zinc and selenium, so it can help your body handle conditions such as anemia, fatigue, depression, poor memory, tuberculosis and malnutrition.

Maca powder can easily be incorporated into your diet. Try adding it to oatmeal, smoothies, juices, cake recipes, and deserts!

8. Flax Seeds

Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, as well as their oil, are one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Many people consume too much omega-6 fatty acids, but not enough omega-3. It is important to get the balance right between the two in order to be fit and healthy. Flax seeds and oil is one of the rare foods that contains omega-6 and 3 in just the right balance for the human body. It is important to consume ground flaxseed in order to enjoy their benefits.

Further reading: Find out important reasons to consume more omega 3 fatty acids, and read more about flaxseed benefits.

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9. Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are another nutrition packed seed that you need in your life. They provide a hefty load of protein (33% to 37% of its weight) and are full of energy and enzymes. Not to mention being rich in omega-3, 6 and 9, which are all vital for brain functions.

Hemp seeds and oil are great to boost your immune system and bring balance in your essential fatty acids, and therefore also decreasing inflammation. They deliver a balanced array of amino acids and are rich in minerals such as phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, sodium, silicon, copper and many others.

Use the oil in in your dressings and sprinkle the seeds on your cereals, fruits, smoothies or salads, they are delicious!

10. Nuts

When most of us are feeling sluggish throughout the day, we grab a chocolate bar, a coffee or an energy drink to keep us going. However, those will only provide a short burst of energy which leave you feeling fatigued again after a while.

Nuts, on the other hand, provide slow releasing energy to keep us going for longer. They are also very healthy, boasting many nutritional benefits.

Almonds, walnuts, pecans and cashews are particularly good nut choices, as they contain a lot of protein, potassium, iron for energy, omega-3 fatty acids, unsaturated fats, and a variety of vitamins and minerals.

Adding nuts to your daily nutrition is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

Super food energy bars with cacao: makes about 15 bars

  •  1/3 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs or cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, if needed

Put the dry ingredients (keep a little bit of each ingredient to add in a second) in your food processor, then add the dates and raisins and process until everything it starts to stick together. If it’s too dry, add more dates or coconut oil. Add the remaining dry ingredients you left out and mix in with your hands. Press into a lined pan and set in the fridge for an hour or more. Cut into bars and store for up to one week.

Best 8 Secrets for Endless Energy

There are periods in our life that we feel tired and lack of energy. Does it sounds familiar to you? You may not necessarily feel the classic signs of exhaustion like all-over tired feeling. What you do experience is a decrease in your energy levels and a feeling that you don’t want to do many of the activities you used to love. You may also feel fatigued not only in your body but in your mind as well (psychological fatigue). The good news are that with several effective tips you can increase your energy naturally:

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1. Exercise

I’ve chosen to start with the most ironic thing – how can you exercise if you don’t have energy? I know it sounds strange, but sometimes you need to invest energy in order to gain energy.

Exercising, even when you don’t feel like doing it, increases blood circulation and oxygen, helps to relieve stress which is known to drain our energy, and gives us a sense of achievements with positive work on our body. Do activities that you love, and diversify with different activities for a total body workout.

2. Get enough sleep

I’ve written about the dangers of sleep deprivation. Getting enough sleep is essential for optimum body function. Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Prepare your room for a good night sleep by making it dark and quiet.

Also prepare yourself for a good night sleep: avoid stimuli like caffeine and alcohol and avoid exciting entertainment. If you have trouble sleeping, you can try one of the 12 best herbs for insomnia, or one of this foods to get better sleep, try a warm bath or soothing music.

 3. Work on your mind

We spend a lot of energy about analyzing things from the past, while worrying too much about the future. This drains a lot of our energy. Instead, channel the energy to the present by living the moment and appreciating it. Set up long term goals to look forward to and that motivate you and build your enthusiasm.

Have you noticed that when you are motivated you have a lot of energy? This is because you plan something that you are passionate and excited about. Follow your inner guidance to tell you when to rest or interact, and avoid people or situations that drain your energy, while focusing instead on relaxing regimes to relieve tension.

4. Nutrition

Eliminate from your diet high calorie and low nutrient foods. Avoid sugar, soft drinks, smoking and drugs, and feed your body nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and pulses while making sure that you are well hydrated with at least 1 liter of water a day. Don’t eat heavy and late dinners and opt for a light dinner at least two hours before you go to sleep.

5. Use herbs

Complement you diet with energizing herbs like Siberian ginseng, astragalus or rhodiola rosea. The energy boosting properties of these herbs have also shown to improve concentration and memory, improve mood and enhance physical and mental performance.

People who consume energizing herbs often notice that their mind is sharper, they feel less stressful and they have more energy. You can also use liver cleansing herbs to help clear out tiring toxins from your body. If you are interested in natural and herbal remedies, you can find more useful information in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.

You can also diffuse at your home stimulating and uplifting essential oils such as cypress, eucalyptus, pine, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, spearmint, rosemary and thyme. They will revitalize and invigorate you. If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy which will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

 6. Do things that motivate you

If you feel low, do things that you enjoy and that motivate you and you will see your energy levels climbing up. Use all your senses – see, smell, touch, taste, talk. You can do any activity that you love and that makes you feel alive, such as dancing, singing, listening to a music, painting, walking outside, and gardening.

Find what energizes you, and make it a top priority in your schedule. Try to reduce tiring and time wasting activities, such as obsessive cleaning, long phone calls and negative relationships. Instead concentrate more on what fulfills you. Serve yourself first so you can empower others.

7. Check your digestion

Your body’s many systems work closely together to maintain optimal health, so when one system is off, one of the symptoms can be fatigue and lack of energy. One system that is particularly responsible for overall well-being is your digestive system which is connected to immunity, energy and even mood. If your tummy is heavy and bloated, your energy is blocked.

For a good digestive system, drink enough water, eat wholesome foods, chew slowly and make sure you have regular bowel movements with the help of herbs or fiber if necessary. You can find here more information about the top 10 herbs to improve digestion.

8. Deal with disease

Common causes of fatigue are viruses, anemia, thyroid disorders, depression and more. Illnesses can seriously affect our energy levels and overall state. When you already have a disease, commit to your recovery with a clear diagnosis and treatment plan. Even better is if you can prevent disease before it occurs.

The required energy for preventing disease is minor in comparison to the energy required to overcome it. Take the time and effort to change unhealthy habits or beliefs. You owe it to yourself if you value yourself.

Your life is valuable and worthy, and by increasing your energy levels, you will also increase your potential and general well-being.

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2 Responses to Boost Your Energy: Top 10 Superfoods + 8 Secrets for Endless Energy

  1. imelda cprpuz says:

    Thanks a lot….very educational health information.

  2. Henry says:

    I will like to add Pineapple to the list.

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