0538 GMT January 21, 2019
But despite out best efforts to exercise daily, eat right, and sleep well, our busy lifestyles and modern society demand a lot from us.
Truth be told, we could all use a little boost, express.co.uk wrote.
Stimulants like caffeine can help to give an immediate boost, but they do nothing for the long term. Certain vitamin and mineral supplements could really help, according to David Wiener, training and nutrition specialist for leading fitness app Freeletics.
Iron is an essential mineral that helps oxygen circulate around the body. It is also necessary for the body’s cells to function and develop properly, explained David.
He explained: “Iron deficiency is the primary cause of anemia, which can impair cognitive abilities, decrease immunity, and negatively impact performance.
“Meat and seafood are excellent sources of dietary iron. If you are vegetarian, then nuts, beans, lentils, spinach are also packed full of iron. Supplements too can help, but can have side effects, so make sure to consult with your doctor before supplementing with iron.”
Magnesium is responsible for over 300 metabolic processes within the body, including energy metabolism, and it’s the first nutrient you should try to increase if you suffer from tiredness, fatigue or any type of anxiety, according to David.
He said: “Magnesium has also been proven to help reduce stress, irritability, mental confusion and even depression, as it helps with neuron activation and the synthesis of neurotransmitters (for example, serotonin).”
A deficiency in zinc could cause low energy levels as zinc is an essential mineral which is vital for many of the body’s natural processes, said David.
He added: “It helps support the immune system, as well as regulate enzymes and hormones, and. Fixing this deficiency can have positive effects on your energy levels and boost your mood.”
Every cell in the body requires vitamin B12 for energy metabolism, and unfortunately the body cannot create it on its own which means we can only get it through our diets or supplementation.
David advised: “Red meat, mussels and dairy are all good sources of vitamin B12, but daily supplementation should help to leave you feeling more energized.”
Ginseng is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine as an energy boosting supplement, explained David, adding: “Over time, ginseng is said to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve chronic fatigue and provide increased energy support.”
Again, Ashwagandha is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine and is believed to benefit the body’s adrenal function and energy levels.
David explained: “When our bodies are chronically stressed, tired, or overworked, our adrenal glands may function less which could lead to adrenal fatigue, hormonal and endocrine issues, as well as stress or moodiness, and low energy levels.
“Ashwagandha has been shown to not only support the adrenal glands and balance cortisol levels but increase overall energy as well and improve endurance.”