ENERGY AND VITALITY
A lack of energy and “get-up-and-go” is a common complaint and is often the motivation for us to visit our local health store, doctor, or holistic practitioner. There can be a wide variety of reasons for experiencing a lack of energy and vitality, and can be due to factors such as:
• Prolonged stress
• Lack of relaxation
• Poor nutrition
• An underactive thyroid
• Blood sugar imbalances
• Lack of sleep
• Iron deficiency
• Deficiency of B Vitamins and/or Magnesium
• Overuse of stimulants such as caffeine
• Alcohol consumption
Please read on for suggestions on supplements which you can take to give you a pep in your step. However, if your fatigue is persistent or chronic and you are unsure of the cause, please visit your doctor.
• 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.