Protein Protects Against Sleepiness, Need For Naps

Orexin cells in the brain are responsible for making us feel energetic and telling our body when to burn calories. When the cells are less active, so are we. According to a recent study that tracked the cells’ activity in mice after they were fed various foods, glucose blocked the function of orexin cells while amino acids kept the cells active and the mice energetic. The research indicates that protein is better for boosting energy than sugar. Sources of protein include eggs, beans, milk, cheese, and yogurt, in addition to seafood, white-meat poultry, lean beef, and pork tenderloin. Protein bars, while popular, often contain sugar and fat. Be sure there are at least six grams of protein in your energy or protein bar. More here.

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