If you lack energy and feel tired all the time, check to ensure you are getting sufficient amounts of the following nutrients.
Consuming high quality protein with your meals helps to regulate your blood glucose levels, giving you stable, sustained energy throughout the day. Protein can be either vegetable or animal based. The important thing is to consume it with each meal if you have energy problems.
Essential Fatty Acids
Sources of omega 3 fatty acids includes all oily fish, such as sardines and mackerel, as well as algae oils, flaxseeds and walnuts. Algae oils are an emerging and sustainable source, becoming more prevalent by the day. Omega 3 fatty acids are important structural & functional components of our cells, aiding our cells with optimal energy production. Only about 20% of Australians have adequate levels, meaning the vast majority of us are lacking in these critical nutrients.
We stock algae oil at Saltuary, along with sardines and mackerel, from clean, sustainably sourced brands, along with a large range of traditional fish oils.
Magnesium is an essential mineral used in hundreds of different processes throughout the body. If you are one of the many people deficient in this nutrient, a vast majority of your daily operations are not functioning at their best. Magnesium is important for hormones, for muscles, for healthy mood. It is also essential for the conversion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates into energy. Sources include almonds, walnuts, red meat (ensure it is grass fed / organic), sunflower seeds, spinach, prunes, bananas and parsley.
Most processes that happen in your body require at least one of the B vitamins to occur. This makes it crucial to maintain optimal levels of each B vitamins. They are one of the cornerstones of energy production. B vitamins support healthy nervous system and brain function. Stress ‘burns up’ a lot of these nutrients, so you need more of them when you are stressed. Sources of B vitamins include chicken (ensure organic, hormone free), lamb / beef (ensure grass fed, organic), almonds, pecans, seafood, eggs, dark leafy green vegetables and bananas.
Iron is an essential component of red blood cells, so another critical nutrient to have at optimum levels for energy production. It is responsible for transporting oxygen around your body to reach all of your cells. Fatigue is a common side effect of low iron levels. Iron can be dangerous if taken to excess, and can lead to fatigue when there’s not enough. A simple blood test will determine what your levels are, allowing you to supplement accordingly.
There are many different reasons why people feel fatigued. A poor nights sleep or things such as dehydration, hormonal disruptions and inflammation can all play a part too.
Tiina Hogg, our Founder and Naturopath, can help when it comes to energy production. Aside from energy concerns, Tiina loves working with digestive complaints, stress, weight / fat loss and mental health disorders including anxiety, depression and mood swings.
Private health rebates are available through HICAPS for Naturopathic consultations. To book your consultation, phone 9713 8688, or book online below or via or Saltuary app.