Boost Your Energy in 7 Days

Learn how to boost your energy in just six steps with this plan from registered dietitian Yuri Elkaim.

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Step 1: Eat Alkaline Foods to Boost Your Energy Through Your Kidneys
Alkaline foods, such as fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and grains flow through your system more quickly and easily than nonalkaline foods, which include processed foods, meat and dairy. The nonalkaline foods you eat promote acid in your body that the kidneys have to work hard to get rid of. This process drains you of energy, something we want to avoid! Alkaline foods, on the other hand, don’t produce acid, so the kidneys don’t have to work as hard and everything runs efficiently for optimal energy. Try to eat one alkaline food with every meal and snack.

Step 2: Use Sprouts to Boost Vitamins and Minerals in Your Body

Sprouts contain higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than their unsprouted counterparts, making nutrients easier for our body to access and convert to energy. Any grain, seed or legume can be sprouted, and they're easy to add to any meal. Try adding broccoli sprouts, lentil sprouts or alfalfa sprouts to start.

Step 3: Load Up on Energy Fats to Boost Brain Power

Fats make up the majority of our cell membranes–including our brain. You need to feed the brain cells the right fats to help keep you sharp and mentally energized, and to protect the brain from toxins.

Get your energy-fat fix by cooking with saturated fats like butter and coconut oil (these are the most easily converted to energy), monounsaturated fats like olive oil and avocado, and polyunsaturated fats like the omega-3 fatty acids in small cold-water fish, like sardines and anchovies.