Hello my dear friends,
In last week’s blog I shared with you a topic that many of my patients ask me about regularly – inner beauty. Today, I want to share one more question that my patients frequently consult me about and that may come in handy in your daily life: energy levels and how to boost them. Clients often ask me ”What shall I do to increase my energy levels..?” or “Why do I feel so tired all the time?” I always respond to that question with 3 more, as I believe in a 3 pronged approach to finding the answer:
- Are you eating a wholesome balanced diet?
- What is your intake of sugar on a daily basis?
- Do you drink enough water?
In 9 out of 10 cases, the reason for tiredness will be due to an imbalance in eating or drinking habits. Other than drinking plenty of water and not eating too much sugar, my advice is to increase your intake of vitamins. To be well-nourished, take these 3 vitamins to start with.
Vitamin B Complex
The B vitamin complex is the main group of vitamins that contributes towards energy levels. All B vitamins help the body convert food such as carbohydrates into glucose, which is used to produce energy. Examples of B vitamins include Vitamin B12. A deficiency of this vitamin could lead to feelings of fatigue and lethargy. Another B vitamin, known as Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), is an essential vitamin that allows the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food. By eating these foods, including vegetables (specifically green ones), poultry, fish, wholegrain, seeds, nuts & bread one can get good supply of B-vitamins.
Vitamin C is widely celebrated for its immune boosting functions. It is often forgotten that Vitamin C is also required for the synthesis of carnitine; a molecule that is essential for the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria. Therefore, it can be regarded indirectly responsible for the energy production. Vitamin C is found in a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, such as : oranges and orange juice, red and green peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and potatoes.
Although the main role of Vitamin K is wound healing and bone maintenance, it has also been found to have a potential physiological role in energy metabolism, thus contributing to everyday energy levels. Found in leafy greens, green tea, kale, spinach, broccoli and Brussel sprouts, Vitamin K is easy to integrate into your diet on a daily basis.
Vidhi Patel, R&D Consultant & Nutrition Consultant at Minerva Research Labs