A lack of energy and “get-up-and-go” is a common complaint and can often be the motivation for us to visit our local health store, doctor, or holistic practitioner.
Women are faced with a lot of responsibilities throughout life, and vitality can be gradually drained away due to juggling demanding work schedules, and social and family life commitments.
• Multi-vitamins – a good quality Multi-vitamin is important in fighting fatigue. When someone is suffering from a lack of energy there are likely to be a range of nutritional deficiencies present. A multi-vitamin can provide the nutrients which are necessary for good health, helping to correct any deficiencies. However, a multi-vitamin shouldn’t be taken in place of a healthy diet, but instead used alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle to help top up any nutrient deficiencies.
• B Vitamins are required for energy production and the release of energy from our food. If chronic stress is something you are suffering from, ensure you choose a B vitamin complex with high levels of vitamin B5 which support the adrenal glands and assists with stress hormone production, working to fight fatigue.
• Magnesium is involved in ATP production, the energy producing unit in each cell. Magnesium can be depleted by prolonged stress and caffeine and alcohol consumption, and is commonly deficient in those who regularly consume processed and refined foods.
• CoQ10 is a useful nutrient for combating fatigue as it carries oxygen to all of the cells, and helps the body to produce ATP which boosts energy production and vitality. .
• Siberian ginseng is an adaptogen which is a tonic for the adrenal glands with stress hormone production, and acts to boost energy levels. It should be taken during times of low energy, as it supports physical and cognitive performance and the immune system.
• Spirulina is a blue green algae which is nutrient dense and energising. Spirulina is considered a “whole food” as it is very rich in vitamins – especially B vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, protein, and essential fatty acids.