Food to help you stay awake
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We have all had those nights (or days) where we can’t seem to stay awake, no matter what we do. While caffeinated drinks like coffee and energy drinks can help us fight fatigue, they are usually not a healthy option. Here are some healthier types of food you can eat in order to stay awake.
Studies have concluded that people who are suffering from magnesium deficiencies are more prone to feeling tired, as their bodies consume more energy and use more oxygen for physical activities. Pumpkin seeds are extremely rich in magnesium, and a quarter cup of these seeds can fulfil around half of a person’s daily magnesium requirements.
Only the darkest of chocolate will be able to fight fatigue properly, due to the polyphenols found in it. Additionally, chocolate has traditionally been purported to contain endorphins that enable the consumer to fight stress better. Cocoa is also one of the best sources of magnesium, hence dark chocolate is one of the best desserts around for people who want to stay awake.
The sour and acidic taste of lemons is a sure way to keep anyone from falling asleep. However, besides the strong taste, citric fruits such as lemons have been proven to be able to help a person stay awake just by its scent alone, due to its refreshing smell.
Dehydration is a common cause of fatigue, and can cause muscle soreness, lethargy, difficulty concentrating and other symptoms of fatigue. While drinking water is the best way to keep hydrated, watermelons are also one of the best fruits to provide hydration. Additionally, they do so without the high caloric intake of sports drinks.
Chia seeds are not as common as the other items on this list, but it is one of the most effective in terms of keeping fatigue at bay. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids that strengthens the muscles, chia seeds also contain abundant amounts of magnesium and antioxidants used in many sports drinks.
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