10 Foods That Make You Feel Sluggish and Drain Your Energy

FOOD  |  September 27, 2016
  • 1. Sesame Seeds
    1 / 10 1. Sesame Seeds

    Rich in sleep-including amino acid tryptophan, sesame seeds relax your body and mind. Sesame seeds are also high in carbohydrates so you feel tired more easily.

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  • 2. Spinach
    2 / 10 2. Spinach

    Spinach contains chlorophyll and magnesium that calms the body and de-stresses it so you feel sleepier, faster.

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  • 3. Cottage Cheese
    3 / 10 3. Cottage Cheese

    Just like sesame seeds, cottage cheese contains tryptophan. So no matter how delicious it is, limit it to a few pieces.

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  • 4. Brown Rice
    4 / 10 4. Brown Rice

    Brown rice soothes the nervous system and keeps you feeling full so you’re going to feel more tired.

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  • 5. Pumpkin Seeds
    5 / 10 5. Pumpkin Seeds

    A great source of magnesium, pumpkin seeds can calm your body down and relieve stress so you’re more relaxed and ready for bed.

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  • 6. Cherries
    6 / 10 6. Cherries

    Cherries have naturally occurring melatonin to help regulate sleep and aid in lessening the onset of insomnia.

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  • 7. Red Meat
    7 / 10 7. Red Meat

    Foods with high fat content tend to leave you feeling tired and drowsy. As your body uses more energy to break down these fats, more energy is sapped out of you.

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  • 8. Coffee
    8 / 10 8. Coffee

    We all know coffee is high in caffeine but the effects only last a few hours before you reach a slump and feel tired again.

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  • 9. Sugar
    9 / 10 9. Sugar

    Sugar and sugary foods tend to put you on a sugar high and leave you feeling energetic. However, when the sugar wears out, your body crashes too.

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  • 10. Bananas
    10 / 10 10. Bananas

    They’re rich in potassium but bananas are also high in magnesium. So if you’re going to eat some for energy during the day, keep it to one.

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    A version of this story first appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly website.

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