Spring Fever- Energy Supplements & Sustaining Energy
Your body requires a healthy, well-balanced diet in order for you to have energy and concentration. To support energy levels a good multivitamin is a great place to start.The B vitamins play an important role in energy production and maintenance, and in a properly functioning brain. Vitamin B-12 is an essential nutrient in your body that converts the food you eat into energy. A deficiency in vitamin B-12 can lead to fatigue, weakness, constipation, appetite loss and weight loss. Vitamin B-12 deficiency can also result in anemia, a condition in which you do not produce enough red blood cells to carry oxygen and nutrients to your organs. As a result, in addition to feeling fatigued and weak and you can feel short of breath. In order to boost your intake of vitamin B-12, you can consume animal-based proteins such as poultry, eggs, fish and dairy. You can also find this vitamin in fortified breads and cereals, and in supplements. Folate is another B vitamin that plays a role in energy production and maintenance. Folate helps in the production of red blood cells, and if you are not receiving enough, then you could experience the fatigue and weakness characteristic of anemia. In order to boost your intake of folate, you can consume folate-rich foods. These include beans, spinach, asparagus, and fortified grains and fruit juices. You can also take this vitamin in supplement form. The Linus Pauling Institute recommends 400 mcg folate for adults per day. Vitamin C plays an important part in nourishing the adrenal glands. Low levels of essential amino acids may also contribute to fatigue in some cases, as every cell in the body requires a mixture of amino acids to synthesize its own proteins. Using whey protein powder can provide a full amino acid profile as well as support an exercise routine. Good food choices should include lots of fruits and vegetables and complex carbohydrates found in foods like pasta, whole grains, and beans.
There are herbs that can help support and sustain energy. Ginseng is the most common and widely available herb that is effective for both increasing energy and focus/attention. The benefits of ginseng, along with its other medicinal properties, are due to chemical compounds called ginsenosides, which are found in the root of the plant. Unlike caffeine, ginseng does not provide the instant jolt of energy. Rather, it fine tunes the body and mind, increasing energy levels while reducing the effects of stress and fatigue. Ginseng has even shown promise in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome. Once it is dried, the root of ginseng is marketed in many forms: tablets and capsules, creams, extract, and teas. Another herb, Ashwagandha is often referred to as Indian ginseng because the herbs are used similarly. Both herbs are adaptogens, which means they strengthen whatever weaknesses exist in the body, and balance stress-related imbalances. Rhodiola is an extremely beneficial herb for people who toil hard – mentally or physically. Rhodiola may help to enhance endurance and stamina as well as mental ability, together with improving memory power. This herb is an excellent energizer. Along with healthy eating and exercise, supplements are a great way to keep your body going!