Eating well, exercising regularly and getting enough quality sleep are the three points of your personal energy triangle.
However, sometimes even when you’re doing everything right, it’s just not enough to avoid the fatigue that is dragging you down and keeping you from doing the things you love.
But there is good news…
When you need that extra boost to help you navigate your busy life (especially as the holiday season gets into full swing), there are supplements that can help — ones that are highly effective for boosting your energy levels, saying goodbye to fatigue and kicking stress to the curb.
Why did I mention stress in that last sentence?
Because when you’re stressed or anxious, you’re far more likely to feel worn-out, exhausted and simply too overwhelmed to keep going.
So, if you want to get your energy back, you first have to get that stress under control.
And one of the easiest ways to do that is by adding ashwagandha to your daily routine.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen. While that’s a big word, it simply means a plant compound that helps you manage stress.
And it’s one that has been shown in scientific studies to not only lower perceived stress, but to actually reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
And that brings us to L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea.
This natural energy powerhouse has been shown in studies to:
- Boost attention levels
- Enhance cognitive performance
- Decrease fatigue
- Increase alertness
Yep, those are big benefits especially when you consider that those little gems aren’t the end of what you can get from adding L-theanine to your daily routine.
In fact, the amino acid is also prized for its ability to promote healthy sleep, relaxation and a calm mind.
Who among us couldn’t use help in those areas?
You might have heard of Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 thanks to its powerful heart health benefits.
But CoQ10 isn’t just heart healthy, it’s whole body healthy and plays a major role in the production of energy inside your cells.
That’s why a review of 25 separate studies found a consistent link between low levels of the coenzyme and fatigue.
Good sources of CoQ10 include:
- Whole grains
- Other organ meats
- Oily fish
4. Vitamin D
If you’re one of the 50 percent of people worldwide who is deficient in the sunshine vitamin, adding vitamin D to your routine could significantly reduce your fatigue and enhance your energy levels.
That’s because vitamin D has been shown to improve muscle efficiency and reduce depression (which is linked to low energy).
5. B Vitamins
You may have heard of the B vitamins being called “energy vitamins.”
That’s because the cells in your body use them to produce energy so if you’re deficient, fatigue is simply unavoidable.
You may be deficient in all of the B vitamins or just one such as B-12, which is common for people as they get older as well as for vegetarians or vegans.
Creatine is an amino acid that’s stored in your muscles and helps you push through even high-intensity exercise.
So, it makes sense that it could also help you push through your busy days.
The highest levels of creatine are found in red meat and seafood and there are many sports supplements that boast the amino acid.
Iron deficiency could also be behind the low levels of energy you’ve been experiencing, especially if you’re:
- A high-intensity exerciser
One study which showed the power of iron to enhance energy found that in menstruating women with unexplained fatigue, iron supplementation reduced fatigue by a whopping 47.7 percent in just 12 weeks.
The holidays are here, and with them one of the busiest times of the year when many of us feel stressed, worn-out and just plain old exhausted. But things can be better…
Use the seven most effective nutrients above for restoring your energy to sail through the holidays with ease and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.