Modern life demands a lot from us and can leave us feeling like we just don’t have enough energy to do all the things we need to do, let alone want to do. Fatigue, if common or long-lasting, can really rob us of our enjoyment in life. It can lead to mood disturbances, muscle aches and pains and brain fog.
Is it just a bad night’s sleep?
Everyone knows what it’s like to have the odd sleepless night and what a struggle the next day can be. A good night’s sleep can usually resolve this. Fatigue that greets you day after day, however, may indicate that:
A: Your cells are not getting what they need in order to produce energy, and/or
B: The cellular mechanics may not be functioning optimally.
Our cells require certain nutrients in order to produce energy and to function optimally. These essential nutrients include magnesium, CoQ10, B vitamins, essential fatty acids, iron and others.
Food sources of magnesium include almonds, walnuts, prunes, parsley, spinach and bananas. Then, sources of B vitamins include eggs, dark green leafy veg, seafood, almonds, pecans and chicken.
The best source of nutrients should always be our food. Aim for the cleanest, highest quality produce wherever you can. Food provides such a plethora of information to our bodies. Eating a variety of foods in all the colours of the rainbow is a fantastic place to start.
Those leading busy, stressful or active lives often have an increased demand for many of these nutrients – an area where supplements can be a real saviour! Supplements can give you a fantastic boost, especially whilst you are working to uncover what your fatigue actually stems from.
In our body, energy comes in the form of something called ‘ATP’. ATP is the currency of life – anything that needs energy in order to occur within our body, gets this energy from ATP. Take away magnesium and ATP cannot be utilised.
Supplements can help!
There’s a huge variety when it comes to supplements. You can opt for nutritional powders such as broccoli sprouts, matcha tea or even medicinal mushrooms. There are herbal powders that you can use in your baking, your tea and coffee, or even to add to things like soups or curries. We also carry a large range of vitamins and minerals, from single nutrients like iodine, to multivitamins and minerals.
If you are needing help with restoring your energy production, come in and talk with our team of Nutritionists and Naturopaths.