Fatigue is so common that it has generated a whole subset of conditions, including crisis fatigue, chronic fatigue, and even Zoom fatigue. And whether it is tiredness from daily activities or a post-Covid 19 symptom, most of us really need a boost of energy as soon as possible.
In his recent book, Steven R. Gundry, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon (and New York Times bestselling author!), discusses that the energy depletion’s possible root cause has something to do with how much fiber you consume.
Learn more about the importance of fibers and what food is rich in fibers.
Here is what you need to know.
What is Fiber? And Why Is It So Important?
Fiber comprises all the non-digestible sugars and other resistant starches that can’t easily break down in the small intestine. It also includes complex carbohydrates that can provide energy to your cells.
Your gut comprises trillions of probiotic bacteria that need prebiotic foods. Without enough of that “fuel”, exhaustion kicks in.
As fiber is an essential energy booster, it can efficiently wash away exhaustion by supporting your gut and feeding, of course, the probiotic bacteria. How can you be sure you consume enough fiber?
Here are some suggestions from Dr Gundry:
When in Doubt, Eat Some Blueberries
Blueberries are one of the high-fiber fruits that also contain relatively low-sugar (win-win). You can add some blueberries in your morning smoothie, yoghurt or serve some as a mid-day snack. Diversity is the key!
Sweet Potato Away Your Exhaustion
Sweet potatoes are rich in a type of fiber (starches) that can resist the digestive enzymes in your small intestine. Dr Gundry explains:
“[…] when your probiotic bacteria ferment the starches, energy is generated — giving them the fuel to replicate, which adds to their diversity and abundance so that that, in turn, can produce more postbiotics.”
Flaxseed Your Meal
Flaxseed is not only a fantastic source of fiber, but protein, too. According to specialists, a tablespoon contains 2gr of protein and 3gr of fiber.
Avocado is Always a Great Idea
Did you know that avocadoes contain more potassium than bananas? They’re an excellent fibre source and contain lots of heart-healthy fat oleic acid, which prevent inflammation.
Sauerkraut is known as a fantastic source of fiber and probiotics! Add some to your favourite meals and see the difference.
Onion and Garlic For an Extra Taste
Onion and garlic are perfect with almost everything! From stir-fries, soups to salads, onion and garlic are some of the easiest fibers to add to your favourite meal.