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Vitamins best suited to boosting your energy
There are heaps of benefits that come from knowing a different language. You can confidently order off a menu, eavesdrop on shop owners’ conversations, become immediately more attractive to the opposite sex…The list goes on.
And just when you think things couldn’t get better, there’s a new type of universal language that poses a singular but incredibly powerful benefit to everyone who understands it. Energy.
Relax, we haven’t gone all hippy on you. What we simply mean is deciphering when and why your body is fatigued and what the best ways are to respond. So naturally, we’ve put together this article to help you understand what it means when your energy’s feeling a little under the weather and what supplements you can take to fix it.
If getting through your day can feel laggy - quite like the colourful wheel of death you get on your laptop - then there’s a possibility you may be iron deficient.
This is commonly seen in those who are pregnant, vegan or prone to heavy periods.
If you’re any of the above, you’ll be pleased to know that increasing your iron can help fight fatigue as you’ll be equipped with extra tiny vehicles to carry oxygen around your body.
By doing so, organs like your lungs will have more energy to fight fatigue and even decrease your chances of becoming anaemic.
When it comes to iron deficiency, there’s lots of different determining factors so it’s best to consult your doctor when finding the supplement right for you.
- VItamin B12
If you’re the former and you still feel fatigued despite chowing down energy-rich foods, you may be lacking Vitamin B12.
This could be the cause of a couple of different things. For example, if you’re 50 years or over, you begin to produce less stomach acids and proteins that help with the absorption of B12. Or if you’re vegan or vegetarian, your diet may be lacking key nuggets of B12 vitamin that come from proteins like meat, fish and dairy products. If you have GI disorders like Crohn’s celiac, you may also be deficient as diseases like these make it difficult to process B12.
Fortunately, taking B12 supplements can help with this as they convert the food you eat into energy that your cells and body burn.
Gym junkies get quite the rap for putting all sorts of stuff in their body. But what many people don’t understand is taking supplements like creatine can be the difference between feeling like you’ve been hit by a tonne of bricks and lifting them.
How? Creatine helps increase your body’s energy stores which means you can train for longer. This is particularly important when your body needs a quick source of energy for high intensity, short-lived exercises like sprints, jumping or weight lifting.
Because it’s a natural compound, your body can create creatine after consuming Ginseng, otherwise you can get it in powder form or naturally from red meat, pork, chicken or fish.
If you’re a light insomniac, seasoned nocturn, or anything in between, it’s likely that you’ve experienced the annoyance of running out of Netflix shows and constantly low energy levels.
But did you know that untreated insomnia leads to more long-term effects? Yep, not getting enough sleep can cause serious conditions like diabetes, obesity, depression and bad heart health.
Fortunately, taking Melatonin has been proven to help. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a chemical that your body produces naturally in dark surroundings, telling you when it’s time to go to sleep.
It’s not only a great source to help you sleep better and regain energy, but unlike most sleeping aids Melatonin isn’t something you can get hooked on.
- CoQ10 Enzyme
Lots of things decrease as you get older - the hours you work (yay), the time in between toilet breaks (not so yay) and unfortunately your energy levels. What’s more, it’s not as straightforward as simply saying “it’s because time’s getting on”.
There are lots of different factors that can take a toll on your energy levels as you get older including heart failure, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes or even taking medications that lower blood cholesterol.
Essentially, anyone who suffers from any of the above are likely to have low levels of CoQ10 or coenzyme Q10 which can cause fatigue.
And because this enzyme is supposed to be present in all cells, when levels decline, your body can’t produce the energy it needs to grow and stay healthy, which is when you begin to feel fatigued.
To help combat this, you can get CoQ10 from fish, meat and nuts, but often not in huge amounts. Alternatively, you can source a richer intake in supplement form.
Situations or jobs that are particularly stressful can have quite a negative effect on your energy levels - and it’s not just because your imagination is exhausted from dreaming up all the ways you can get rich quick, buy an island and get away.
When you’re stressed, you begin to lose neurotransmitters which cause your concentration and energy levels to decline. Fortunately, an easy way to boost them is by increasing your Tyrosine levels - an amino acid that is responsible for producing neurotransmitters. It’s quite a complex process but all in all, it improves your mental endurance and helps you tackle challenges without getting burnt out.
Tyrosine is commonly found in chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products and most other high-protein foods, or it can be taken in capsule form.
So as you can see, there’s far more benefits to understanding why your body is tired other than boasting that you’re fluent in a new language. Also, maybe hold off on the boasting as it’s not technically a certified language… yet.
Essnetially, you can get to the root of why you’re feeling fatigued and what vitamins you need to boost your levels back up quick smart - be it through supplements or various natural ways.