We all need a healthy and balanced diet to function on a day to day basis. Moreso as gamers; the sport requires ultimate focus and energy, which means you need to be consuming more energy-boosting foods that enhance mental awareness and reduce fatigue. Gamers are always looking for a competitive edge.
You may have heard of energy drinks for gamers, but there are many simple, everyday foods that increase your energy levels and mental alertness, resulting in improved reflex: like the Australian pink lady apples or Yoplait strawberry yoghurt found in this week’s Iga specials catalogue.
We did a bit of research for you and have made a list of energy-boosting foods, as well as foods that sustain energy and help to prevent fatigue and stress:
Quick & easy energy foods:
You can have a banana as a quick snack or sliced on bread with peanut butter for breakfast. Bananas are high in potassium, and they contain vitamin b6 and complex carbs that boost energy levels.
Coffee is associated with high energy and focus, and for good reason. The caffeine inside coffee flows quickly from your bloodstream to your brain to stop adenosine and produce epinephrine, the hormone that stimulates your brain and body. It’s a quick fix for that energy boost you need to stay alert.
Popcorn is an easy snack that’s low in calories and high in energy. It contains fibre and a host of vitamins that boost energy and keep you feeling full for longer.
Yoghurt is an excellent source of energy. It has carbs that come in the form of simple sugars (lactose and galactose). When these carbs are broken down in the body, they create ready-to-use energy. There are several ways to include it in your diet; in smoothies, with berries and nuts or as a frozen snack with fruit.
Apples are rich in fiber and carbs. The fiber in apple skins combined with the natural sugars provide a slow and sustained release of energy. Apples also contain antioxidants, which help in combating stress and strain.
This superfood has many health benefits because it is rich in fiber, healthy fats and B vitamins—all of these combined help the body to maintain balanced energy levels.
Foods that prevent fatigue:
Dark chocolate has antioxidants that increase blood flow in the body. This supports the delivery of oxygen to your brain and muscles, which results in better function and alertness. The increase in blood flow also improves your mood and reduces mental fatigue and stress.
Green tea is well acclaimed for having many health benefits. It is similar to coffee in the way that it increases energy levels through caffeine. However, you are less likely to feel jittery and anxious because it contains L-theanine, a compound that produces energy differently. You won’t get a crash with green tea because it decreases fatigue and sustains energy through the release of norepinephrine.
Strawberries also help to fight fatigue and increase energy. The fiber, carbs and sugars in strawberries are a good source of energy. They also contain antioxidants that help to fight fatigue and boost energy levels.
Incorporating these foods into your diet is easy. Most can be eaten as snacks throughout the day and require minimal preparation and effort. Over time, you may find that you have more energy and increased focus and reflex.