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这些食物帮助你赶走午后的疲倦

2014-03-18    来源:网络    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Foods That Fight Off an Afternoon Slump

这些食物帮助你赶走午后的疲倦,祝你下午有个好的工作状态。

We’ve all had  that feeling soon after a hearty lunch. You can’t stay focused, your energy level plummets, and you wish you possessed a warm blanket so you could curl up under your desk for a quick nap. But you have important things to do—like completing that project or leading a team meeting in less than an hour.

Afternoon fatigue can bury you. Sagging energy and raging food cravings are often placated with another cup of coffee and whatever refined sugar- and sodium-packed snack can be retrieved from the hallway vending machine. You might get a quick burst, but then it’s right back to the heavy eyelids in a half hour.

You don’t have to suffer that fate anymore. I have four foods that will get your focus back on track so that you can finish your workday stronger than you started. Keep these products handy in your office, and you’ll never suffer from that 2 p.m. mental slog ever again.

Green Tea
While coffee reigns as the supreme afternoon pick-me-up, green tea should not be overlooked as it packs a unique nutrient profile coffee could only wish to possess. The unique combination of the amino acid theanine and caffeine has been shown across several studies to improve creativity, ability to multitask, and reaction time. Due to theanine’s interactions with specific neurotransmitters in your brain, your energy boost won’t be jittery, but filled with an alert calmness. (Try any of these 14 amazing tea recipes to get started.)

Almonds
Despite a history a being shunned during weight loss because of their high fat content, almonds are a great afternoon recharger that research from Purdue University shows will also aid in your weight-loss efforts. This is because almonds combine the nutritional trifecta for providing sustained energy: a mix of fat, fiber, and protein. Those elements allow almonds to offer a compact and convenient snack that gives you a smooth shot of energy that comes from controlling your blood sugar levels. Plus, nutritional research shows that people who regularly eat nuts have as much as a 50 percent reduced risk of having a heart attack.

Greek Yogurt
Afternoon fatigue often arrives with its partner in crime—cravings. This is when you should reach for a container of the protein-packed plain Greek yogurt. Research from the University of Missouri shows that protein quells the reward centers in your brain, helping you control your urge to tackle the leftover birthday cake in the break room. Protein also coaxes your body into better blood sugar control by stimulating the release of the hormone glucagon. Aim for a cup that has 20 to 23 grams of protein for your snack.

Dark Chocolate
Despite often being viewed as an illicit dietary indulgence, dark chocolate can help fight off that urge to take a siesta in the middle of the day. While dark chocolate does contain small amounts of caffeine, its real power comes from phenylethylamine. This bioactive compound can stimulate the release of the feel good neurotransmitter dopamine. (It’s also the same chemical your brain pumps to your body when you fall in love.) Research from Middlesex University in London shows that just smelling chocolate begins to shift brain activity towards greater attention.



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