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3 Energy Supporting Nutrients

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Published: December 23rd, 2013
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This time of year can prove to be especially exhausting. With holiday parties, copious amounts of sugary holiday foods, booze, and travel to see family for the holidays, it’s important to stay energized to enjoy the season. Support your body’s natural energy-creating processes with some of the following vitamins and minerals.

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B Vitamins

B vitamins are essential for carbohydrate metabolism and energy production. Vitamin B-1 plays a role in energy metabolism, vitamin B-12 is essential for energy production and red blood cells, and vitamin B-2 is essential for metabolism and energy production. It’d be a good idea to go with a B complex supplement to cover all your bases. Here is a great liquid option, timed-release capsule option, and b-12 chew.

Iron

Check your iron status. Lack of iron can limit oxygen delivery to cells. Iron is involved in energy utilization and can support healthy energy levels, just be sure to take it with a vitamin C source to help with absorption. I like this option for women.

Magnesium

Magnesium is required by the body for energy production. For those involved in endurance activities and frequent exercise, magnesium is a critical component for calcium uptake, muscle relaxation, and can certainly go a long way in helping support your activity levels. Personally, I really like Natural Calm®. If you’re looking for a capsule form, here is a great magnesium supplement in capsule form.

Finally, are you drinking enough water? Fatigue can be caused by something as simple as dehydration so make sure you are getting at least the recommended amount of 8 cups of water per day. Don’t forget exercise this time of year too, it can help you feel more energized. Have a safe, happy, and energetic holiday season!

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