We’re sure you’ve heard that age-old mantra, “you are what you eat” before. The foods that we consume can go a long, long way towards our general health and wellbeing. In order to feel awake, energised and ready to go it’s essential that you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet.
Taking care of your health and enjoying that energising boost really is as easy as A, B, C...
The B vitamins are particularly adept at providing the brain and body with the energising boost it needs to keep going. However, vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid, deserves a mention of its own. When consumed as part of a healthy diet or as a supplement, B5 can help you to feel noticeably more awake and raring to go. That’s because it helps to create melatonin, which regulates your natural sleep-and-wake cycle.
Find it in... B5 can be found in avocados, corn, sun-dried tomatoes, salmon and mushrooms.
A huge part of feeling awake and energised is down to our mental health. When we’re not feeling on top of the world, our bodies are quick to suffer the effects of fatigue. Vitamin B6 plays an active part in the production of dopamine, which heightens feelings of pleasure and contentment. When you’re happy, your whole body smiles with you.
Find it in... Fish, bread, eggs, rice, vegetables, peanuts, milk, wholegrain cereals and potatoes.
Vitamin B12 transforms the foods we eat into energy and provides a much-needed rejuvenating boost along the way. What’s more, this vivacious vitamin creates red blood cells and helps to keep the nervous system healthy. If your brain’s being oxygenated by red blood cells you’re bound to feel more awake, right?
Find it in... Salmon, meat, some fortified cereals, eggs, cheese and milk. Oh, and Reon Powder Shots, of course. One sachet contains 50% of your RDA, not to mention a sugar-free dose of caffeine roughly equivalent to two espresso shots.
There’s a good reason why your mum always told you to drink orange juice, or eat citrus fruits when you felt a cold coming. Oranges are a great source of vitamin C, which helps to protect your cells and keep them healthy. Think about it: if your cells are working properly they’re fighting infection, which will keep your energy levels in tip-top condition.
Find it in... Oranges, red and green peppers, potatoes, broccoli and strawberries.
If you’ve been feeling a little sluggish recently, there’s a good chance that you’re vitamin D deficient. Such a deficiency can lead to low mood and depression, and stop your body working as efficiently and effectively as it could and should be. Sun exposure, vitamin supplements and the right kinds of food can top those levels right back up again.
Find it in... Oily fish, eggs, red meat and fortified foods.
You’ll have heard its name mentioned in vitamin supplement and health food adverts. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that’s imperative for brain health. Controlling our mood and memory the presence of omega-3, or its deficiency can be the difference between feelings of fatigue or euphoria.
Find it in... Nuts, oily fish and some cooking oils, as well as fortified foods.
If you’ve been feeling especially tired recently we would always recommend seeking advice before turning to supplementation – particularly if you’re not sure why you feel so rotten. It’s always worth dismissing medical concerns before diving straight into herbal remedies and vitamin products.
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