Fatigue and a shortage of energy are the most common complaints for people busy juggling a career, relationship and a consistent exercise plan. We're often left looking for high-energy foods, and many of us turn to quick fixes like sugar and caffeine. This may work in the short term, but after an hour or two, another snack attack hits. Combating fatigue takes more than simply eating more.

A lack of energy can be caused by a variety of things like dehydration, systemic inflammation, oxidative stress or a nutrient deficiency. A great step you can take toward fighting fatigue is cutting down on sugar and rapidly digested carbs like breads and pasta. If eaten in abundance, they tend to elicit a state of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which causes fatigue, moodiness and mental fogginess. Balance out your carbs with protein and healthy fat to mitigate your blood sugar and avoid blood sugar fluctuations.

Several common foods can help you get over the slumps. If you're tired of being tired, start incorporating these foods into your diet more regularly.

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