Boost Your Energy With These Natural Vitamins

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Growing up, we heard a lot about vitamins. We had the ones shaped like dinosaurs, the gummy ones, and who can forget the Flinstones vitamins? Our parents and guardians made sure that we were getting all the nutrients we needed to power our little bodies through school.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that vitamins really do help when it comes to my energy level, which we can all often feel we’re lacking. Between all of our responsibilities and goals, we are exerting every ounce of ourselves into our everyday lives, often leaving us with less than optimal energy levels.

Our energy is important to us. It means the difference between knocking out that to do list and staying on the couch. Eating right and getting enough sleep is always the first line of defense against low energy. But if your body and lifestyle need a little help, consider one of these natural supplements. They can help you fight fatigue and keep your energy levels up so you can give the day your all. 

B12

According to the National Institute of Health, B12 is the vitamin that helps our body make new DNA, create healthy red blood cells, and power our metabolism. A significant percentage of people can find themselves deficient in B12. The lack of this vitamin causes fatigue, mood swings, and difficulty remembering things. You can find B12 naturally in some foods such as whole-grain cereals, low-fat or skim milk, bison, or clams. B12 can also be found in supplement form in pharmacies and vitamin shops.

Magnesium & Iron

These two vitamins work hand in hand to do important things like circulating oxygen through the body, control blood glucose levels, and improve muscle and nerve functions, according to Take Care Of. If you are having trouble sleeping, magnesium has been proven to help offset these and give you a fighting chance at a restful, rejuvenating night. You can find magnesium in almonds, fish, and whole grains. If you are low in iron, you run the risk of getting sick more often and having decreased cognitive abilities. You can find iron in beans, lentils, spinach, and seafood. These two vitamins come in supplement form, however, it is recommended that you talk to a doctor about your iron levels before pursuing these.

Ashwagandha

Stress can wreak havoc on your body. You know how you feel after you finally come down from a stressful episode or event and you’re completely drained? Ashwagandha can help with that, as stated by The Chopra Center. It’s found as an herb growing throughout the Mediterranean and regions of the Middle East and is praised for lowering cortisol levels, which is commonly known as the “stress hormone.” Since this is an herb, you can only find it in supplement form.

 

Do you take any natural supplements for energy? Share with us and our community in the comments below!

 

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