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What Vitamins Help To Boost Energy Naturally?

With the pressures of modern life, we could all do with a way to boost energy levels. Feelings of tiredness and fatigue don’t have to be the norm. Nutrition and lifestyle can define our energy levels so we can use

Feelings of tiredness and lethargy do not need to be a constant fixture in your life.

Lifestyle Tips To Boost Energy

  • Get enough sleep – It can be difficult to get enough sleep. But sleep is directly linked to feeling tired and fatigued.
    Did you know that sleeping from1 am to 9 am is not thought to be as restorative as sleeping from 10 pm to 6 am?
  • Avoid caffeine – While caffeine can give us a short boost, it can leave us feeling even more tired than before.
    Did you know that refined sugar can also cause fluctuations in blood sugar levels, which can cause energy levels to plummet?
  • Relax – It may be hard to switch off, but time to unwind is an important factor in how energetic you feel.
    Try setting 20 minutes aside every day just to relax. Read a book, have a bath, listen to music.
  • Exercise – While strenuous exercise can zap all your energy stores, gentle exercise can boosts endorphins and energy levels.
    Try going for a walk or doing yoga instead of reaching for coffee.
  • Eat Well – The right nutrients can help to provide the cells in your body with enough energy to function.
    Did you know that drinking water can also affect your energy levels? Being dehydrated can fatigue your body.

What Nutrients Help To Boost Energy Levels?

If you’ve tried the fatigue-fighting lifestyle tips before but feel you need that little bit extra, we run down some of our best vitamins for boosting energy levels to keep you jazzed for the long haul.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is widely celebrated for its immune boosting functions it is often forgetten that Vitamin C is also required for the synthesis of carnitine. Carnitine is a molecule which is essential for the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria. It is the mitochondria which convert food sources (such as fats) into energy in the body. Therefore, Vitamin C is also indirectly responsible for this process.

Co-enzyme q10

Co-Enzyme Q10 is key for the production of energy in the human body. The production of energy at the cellular level is commonly known as bioenergetics. Bioenergetics relies on the ingestion of food, which is then broken down into small components which are then absorbed by the body. Some of these components, after a series of chemical reactions, are converted into a substance called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the body’s major form of stored energy. Co-Enzyme Q10 is essential to the production of energy as it plays a key role in the formation of ATP. Therefore, if we are lacking in Co-Enzyme Q10, we cannot produce ATP efficiently.

B Vitamins

Also known as thiamine, Vitamin B1 helps with carbohydrate, fat and alcohol metabolism, and is essential for energy production. Cells need vitamin B1 to store energy to utilise during exercise.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) has many functions within the body but is especially critical to the mitochondria or ‘energy powerhouse’ of the cells. Like Vitamin B1, riboflavin assists with the metabolism of carbs, fats and protein which creates energy in the body.

Vitamin B6 can help to reduce or regulate anxiety and depression levels which can help to restore energy within the body.

Vitamin B12 is often promoted for its energy enhancing capabilities, in particular for endurance during exercise.If you find that you are always tired or suffer from chronic tiredness, this could be caused by a B12 deficiency.

Formulas and Blends

You Go Girl is an handy blend of vitamins and minerals designed to support the energy needs of the busy female. The high Vitamin B content, along with Chromium aids normal energy metabolism to reduce tiredness and fatigue giving you your mojo back!

 

Best Man is the male friendly alternative, which includes a potent blend of Vitamins C, E and D, along with the B Vitamin complex to boost energy and support immune system function.

So, if you are suffering from a lack of energy, or are just looking for a natural boost after a heavy week at work, no need to reach for that sugary energy drink or cuppa java. Instead, boost your energy the natural way…you’ll be thanking us later!



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