Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Chronic Fatigue

Power Foods for Energy

Author: Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra

When you need a high-energy fix, do you reach for a power bar or power shake? Or do you resort to caffeine, chocolate, or high-sugar snacks when you feel that "end of the day" sag? It may surprise you, but the real energy-boosters are fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and whole grains. These are the foods that are rich in 'Chetna,' the healing and nurturing influence of nature. They are so alive with nature's intelligence that fatigue-causing toxins cannot accumulate in the body when you eat them.

Grains for Power

Athletes have long relied on carbohydrates in grains for long-term endurance and energy. Yet not all carbohydrates are created alike. A Croissant, for instance, is high in fat and low in nutrition. The most nutritious carbohydrates are whole grains, which have been found to lower cholesterol, inhibit cancer-causing activity and harmful bacteria in the intestines, and lower blood glucose level. And of these whole grains, Rye, Quinoa, Amaranth and Millet are the most nutritious, because they are especially high in protein and minerals. They are also high in fiber, and thus have a detoxifying value. These are the same auspicious grains that are described in the Vedic texts and are used for Vedic ceremonies.

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