Supplement Deficiencies To Improve Your Energy

Several recent studies have shown that most American adults are tired during the day. Do you need to improve your energy so you can be your best at work and play?

You will want to search out the specific reason behind your fatigue. Getting enough sleep at night is vital to having good energy during the day.

Once you’ve checked off the list that you are getting a regular 6-8 hrs of sleep each night, you might consider the chance that you have a deficiency in one of these important nutrients.

If you suspect a deficiency you can supplement your diet starting with small doses and watch for improvements. Be sure to tell your doctor anytime you make changes in vitamins or supplements that you take regularly.

Iodine

Hormones regulate metabolism and initiate the release of the many biochemicals associated with energy creation. The thyroid uses iodine to form triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), the two hormones which regulate all other hormones. The best dietary sources of iodine include seafood, sea vegetables (dulse seaweed, arame, kombu, and wakame), and dark leafy greens. Iodine supplements can also be taken…

Vitamin B12

Every cell in the human body requires B12 for energy metabolism. In fact, the entire cellular energy creation, known as the Citric Acid cycle or Kreb’s cycle, depends on it. Unfortunately, the human body cannot create B12 on its own, requiring it from dietary sources. Clams, mussels, red meat, and dairy are the best natural sources of B12. Supplementing with B12 is safe as no side effects or upper dietary limit exists…

Melatonin

The hormone melatonin is released from the pineal gland and directly influences energy metabolism. Individuals with inadequate melatonin levels suffer from fatigue and accelerated brain aging. Research also indicates melatonin levels impact gene activation and the effects of genes on health. Fortunately, the pineal gland produces melatonin in response to the onset of nighttime darkness. Research indicates sleeping with lights on disrupts melatonin production. If sleep is inconsistent, a melatonin imbalance may occur which can disrupt energy levels, blood sugar, and even weight. – Global Healing Center

Herbs Can Improve Your Energy

Ladies very often experience energy fluctuation related hormone changes. Certain herbs can help keep your hormones in balance and improve your energy at the same time.

Here are two herbs to consider when you need to improve your energy.

Turmeric

 

Heaven knows we all need a little pain relief every now and then! Turmeric has been shown to be just as effective if not more so than over-the-counter pain meds like Ibuprofen, in helping to reduce pain. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant and antibacterial.

 

During pregnancy, turmeric supplements may act as a natural pain relief and also have benefits for the baby. They say the most risky time for a baby is during the first trimester and this is primarily because of genetic damage that can occur when the baby is exposed to chemicals or certain medications. It is believed that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) may help to reduce the risk of birth defects.

 

Of course, ALWAYS consult with your doctor before beginning any herbal supplement during pregnancy.

 

Turmeric is also being studied for its potential to help prevent cancer.

 

Dong Quai

 

Dong Quai is a great herb to support your overall health and wellness. It is often called ‘female ginseng’ because it is useful when dealing with fatigue, irregular periods, anxiety and irritability and mood swings. It is a natural “gynecological regulator” that works to balance estrogen levels while also calming the nervous system (which helps you to relax).

 

In Chinese medicine, it is believed Dong Quai helps to balance and strengthen the blood when there is too much ‘yin’ present. It is indeed an excellent blood tonic, as it contains a surprising number of vitamins and minerals. Dong Quai contains folic acid, folinic acid, nicotinic acid, biotin and vitamin B 12. It may also help increase blood volume after an injury.

 

Many believe that regular use of Dong Quai may contribute to the youthful longevity experienced by most Chinese women. –FitLife.TV

 

Do you currently take supplements or use herbs to help with your energy level?