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Fruit and vegetable juice boosts energy

Talk to Dr. Anjali for your health problems.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 30, 2011 17:21 IST
Dr Anjali Mukerjee

I’m a 40-year-old working executive. I travel for at least 4 hours a day to go to work and attend meetings. My tight working schedule leaves me with little time to exercise. Are there any natural foods that will help rev up my energy levels?

Various environmental stressors like smoke, smog, noise pollution and stress leave us mentally exhausted and cause depletion of energy levels. Although we cannot control these stressors, we can definitely watch what we eat. Try incorporating nature’s best tonics to boost your energy levels.

Begin with sprouts: They are the best alkalising live foods which neutralise the acids generated through stress, pollution, eating out etc and further precipitate disease conditions and low energy levels. Sprouting the grains causes their proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals to be predigested into a more useable form for the body. Other than moong sprouts, even whole wheat, kabuli channa, black channa, moth, makti, whole masoor, jowar, bajri, soya beans, alfalfa seeds etc can be sprouted.

Drink up your vegetables: Making vegetable juice causes loss of the fibre in them, but gives a higher concentration of alkalising mineral salts, chlorophyll (the green colouring matter in plants) and enzymes. Drinking vegetable juice helps remove toxins and acids from the body and nourishes every cell. It improves oxygenation of the tissues and improves energy levels. Raw vegetable juice provides a lot of phytochemicals that have powerful anti-cancer properties, help delay the ageing process and energise our systems. We can make juice of vegetables like dudhi, carrots, tomatoes, wheatgrass, mint and coriander and add a dash of lime juice and rock salt to create something more appetising.

Soyamilk – The Bone Tonic: The milk of the Far East, soya milk can benefit everyone-school going children, menopausal women, men suffering from diabetes and heart diseases. It is a significant source of protein, calcium and essential fats, which are beneficial for brain development, lowering blood cholesterol and controlling menopausal symptoms. It is especially beneficial for vegetarians who consume very little proteins. Soya milk is available as flavoured milk or plain milk in tetrapacks.

Take a B complex supplement. It works wonders on your energy levels. You may also add a B12 supplement for a month, in case you are a vegetarian, and then continue using the supplement till you feel you have adequate energy. All this, in my opinion, is easy to find and easy to follow and most importantly — it works!

Dr Anjali Mukerjee is a nutritionist and founder of Health Total, a nutrition counselling centre.