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Natural Energy Foods

As power smart people we are always looking for sustainable energy sources, but do we think enough about what sustains us? We need fuel, too.

Forget power bars and electrolyte replacement drinks. Check out these three nutrient dense foods that will keep your own energy at a steady and renewable pace. And they come in their own completely natural packaging, too.

Bananas
Bananas are one of the more popular fruits and are a staple in many households. They are known for their high potassium and manganese levels, and are also high in vitamins B6 and C. Bananas that appear greener contain compounds that aid in intestinal function and yellower ones have tons of vitamin A. They are also a great way to get natural fiber.

Bananas contain high antioxidant properties and help fight some diseases, like macular deterioration as well as diabetes. They also provide possible cancer protection due to their high nutritive factors. They have long been known to relieve stomachaches and other stomach issues. This is related to a compound in bananas called protease, which protects against things like bacteria that can produce ulcers. They also naturally control blood sugar levels and have a low glycemic index, thus providing a stable source of energy.

Avocados
Avocados are another wholesome food. Like bananas, they also may reduce certain types of cancers and are also high in vitamins A, C and B6, which helps create antibodies. They also contain vitamins E and K, which are essential for blood clotting. High in fiber and folates which aid in cell and tissue growth, the green, buttery food also contains phytochemicals.

Further, avocados are loaded with the antioxidant lutein. They can also improve cardiovascular health and are a source of monounsaturated fats which lowers cholesterol. Like bananas, they can help in lowering the risk for macular degenerative diseases. Avocados are high in magnesium which helps produce energy, aids in metabolism and contains the mineral potassium which is a natural electrolyte.

Coconut
Though a bit more challenging to open, the coconut is also a wide-ranging source of nutrition. It is also high in fiber and its oil has restorative benefits. The milk is a moisture drink for the skin, and like the other two beneficial foods it is a natural electrolyte that has high rehydrating capabilities.

The fatty acids in coconut milk contain triacylglycerol, which provides energy. Also, they are half composed of lauric acid, which inhibits microbial growth and helps fight sicknesses. Although they are high in saturated fats, the types of fats found in coconuts are actually burned quickly, and are a healthy way to get energy.

In addition to being natural energy boosters, these three foods have medicinal properties, too. They have multifaceted uses, from everything to topical applications to even being used for facial, hair and skin treatments. The peels and outer layers also make great additions to a compost pile. Sponsored and prepackaged by Mother Nature, these superfoods are super useful.

Sources:
Health-benefits-of.org: Health Benefits of Bananas
CoconutResearchCenter.org
Johnson, D. Coconut Milk.NaturalNews.com
Avocado.org
Image source: Flickr.com: by Thaddman

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