We may often associate summer with tiredness and low productivity.
Part of this may be due to hot weather, sleeping late, or just psychologically feeling that its summer and you need a break.
However, for most of us, our responsibilities do not change, we still need to work, study, and perform our daily chores.
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Even though, with some simple changes to our eating habits and lifestyle we can, God willing, find the energy to experience a more enjoyable and productive summer.
Keep Balanced Blood Sugar
All cells in our body, especially our brain cells, burn glucose for energy, similar to the way car engines burns petrol.
It is, therefore, crucial to maintain a constant energy supply to avoid sudden dips in your blood glucose levels that could lead to sleepiness, exhaustion, irritability and increased hunger, which in many cases leads to poor food choices.
Does this mean we should eat more sugar to keep our blood sugar balanced? Absolutely not!
It is important to realize that any food we eat is broken down into glucose before it is used by our body. Refined sugars, such as table sugar and products made from white flour (e.g. white bread, pasta, and biscuits), take very little time to be broken down into glucose and are rapidly absorbed from our gut, causing blood sugar levels to rise above normal.
As the body tries to regulate this, it quickly secretes a surge of insulin into the bloodstream, which decreases blood sugar levels a little lower than its normal range, leading to the manifestations mentioned above like excess hunger and tiredness, after which it slowly regulates itself (Weatherby, 2004).
Thus, ideally, we want a meal that will give us a slower and a steadier release of glucose into the blood.
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