Can vitamins increase my energy?
Who doesn’t want extra energy? This is why most of us grab an afternoon cup of coffee just to make it through our days. The good news is that you don’t need caffeine to supercharge your energy levels. Here, Dr. Anthony Gross, DC, of Laser Spine Institute explains how a vitamin-rich diet can naturally increase your energy levels and give you that extra boost to accomplish more every day.
How energy works .Think of your body as a house that needs daily cleaning to stay in top condition. Calories show up in the form of house cleaners ready to do their work for the day. But when they arrive, the front door is locked. Vitamins are the missing key according to Dr. Gross. Without vitamins, especially the B-complex, the body isn’t able to access and convert the energy it needs from the food you eat.
B12 – the MVP of vitamins. Most of us aren’t overly aware of B12, and its long list of benefits. But B12 plays a primary role in supporting your body’s metabolism, keeping the central nervous system healthy and assisting in the formation of red blood cells. Dr. Gross notes that B12 is only found in “animal products, so vegans often need B12 supplements” to guard against anemia.
Guarding your energy. It may seem counterproductive, but too much caffeine in your diet can eventually make it ineffective. Dr. Gross explains that caffeine can even limit your body’s ability to absorb necessary vitamins and nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D, which are critical to bone strength. When trying to gain more energy, it’s best to supply your body with the raw materials it needs for natural energy production, Dr. Gross advises. You can do this through proper nutritional intake, exercise, adequate sleep and appropriate vitamin supplements.
Eating for energy – Ensuring your diet has enough B vitamins isn’t difficult. Focus on whole, unprocessed foods such as whole grains, Dr. Gross recommends. Meats such as turkey and fish, especially tuna, are rich in B vitamins as well as eggs, dairy products and green leafy vegetables. Peas and green beans can be a simple addition to almost any dinner, and they provide B vitamins. Likewise, a simple two-egg omelet with your favorite cheese and a ½ cup of spinach is rich in wholesome nutrients that will keep you energized until lunchtime.
Vitamins may not provide energy directly, but they do help your body use energy more effectively and give you a lasting surge.