Today Amanda Maurois explains how Vitamin And Mineral Deficiencies Can Sap Energy: Here’s How to Prevent it
Are you feeling extra tired lately? It might be difficult to get up in the morning and get moving, or maybe you feel tired all the time.
Fatigue can be caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the body. It can drain your energy, making it difficult to get through the day. Vitamin D, Calcium, Potassium and B Vitamins are among some of the most important nutrients you need for your body to properly function.
The good news is that there are many ways to prevent these deficiencies. Here are some ways to prevent this from happening to you.
Get Out In The Sun
Did you know you can get Vitamin D from sitting outside in the sun for just 15 minutes daily? This vitamin can get into our bodies by the sun’s natural rays. It is important for keeping bones healthy and making sure you don’t get sick. Other ways you can get Vitamin D are to drink milk and eat eggs and fish. You can also take supplements. Since Vitamin D is one of the most deficient vitamins for people, it is important that you get your levels checked by your doctor.
Eat Plenty of Whole Grains
Eating whole grains is another way to make sure your vitamins and minerals are not deficient. You can eat healthy whole grains such as quinoa, oats, wild and brown rice and barley. These foods have lots of fiber and protein as well as many nutrients. They contain B Vitamins and minerals such as Iron and Magnesium.
Take a Natural Multivitamin or Supplement
One of the best ways to be sure your body is getting everything it needs is to take a multivitamin each day. Many vitamins contain the necessary nutrients your body needs. If you have any vitamin or mineral deficiency, a daily supplement can help. There are also other types, like the keto multivitamin, that can be beneficial in making sure your body gets what it needs when on the popular low carb diet.
Be sure to find a trusted and wholesome multivitamin that doesn’t have dyes or other synthetic ingredients in it. Make sure you eat when you take your vitamin, so you don’t feel nauseous. It is also advisable to take your vitamin mid-morning or around lunchtime. Some vitamins make people feel energized, so taking it too close to bed could keep you up at night.
Believe it or not, drinking water is another way to make sure your body gets what it needs. Replace sugary or alcoholic drinks with water. Those types of drinks can prevent you from getting the vitamins and minerals that you need. You also might consider cutting back on the caffeine, whether you drink tea or coffee.
Adding lemon or lime to your water can make drinking it more enjoyable. Getting enough water is important for your body to be able to hold onto the vitamins and minerals it needs. It is often suggested you drink at least the minimum daily amount of water per day. This is 125 ounces for men and 91 ounces for women.
Don’t Skimp on the Veggies
Vegetables are another source of vitamins and minerals needed to stay healthy. Even though all vegetables are good for the body, green vegetables especially contain many of the proper nutrients we need.
Some of the best veggies to put in your diet are broccoli, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. In these foods, you will get Vitamin C, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium and many other vitamins and minerals.
Make Sure Your Salt is Iodized
Iodine is another important mineral that your body needs. It helps to regulate hormones, thyroid function and metabolism in the body. Without the proper amount of iodine, you can have issues with any of those systems not working properly. A deficiency can cause you to become tired, moody, and can also make you gain weight. Most salt is made with iodine, but there are some salts out there that do not contain any. Check your salt container to make sure it is iodized. You can also get iodine by eating seafood and seaweed.
Eat Red Meat
While there seems to be a lot of controversy about whether or not red meat is really that good for you, it can certainly help keep up your Iron and Vitamin B12 levels. Eating meats like beef and steak can be good to boost these important vitamins and minerals. You might want to have your levels checked since this method can only help increase your energy if you are already deficient.
Fish has been mentioned a few times already because it has so many amazing benefits. It contains B Vitamins, Iodine, Omega-3s, Selenium, Zinc, and Potassium. Not only can these help to improve our energy, but they can also help with reproductive health, reducing inflammation and brain power. As a bonus, Omega-3s can also help to boost heart health and may even play a role in preventing cancer. If you aren’t a fish fan, you can also take supplements like fish oil that will also have the same great benefits.
Get Advice From Your Doctor
If you are interested in seeing what vitamins and minerals you are lacking, you can always check in with your doctor. To find out levels of what is in your body, you can have blood taken. Doctors can also suggest you ways to get more of these nutrients into your body naturally.
By taking steps to prevent these deficiencies from running your life, you can have more energy, be more focused and productive, and overall have a happier and healthier life. By eating a variety of foods, taking multivitamins, and checking in with your doctor, you can improve your energy. There is nothing worse than having to drag yourself through your day.
This can all be prevented by taking these steps and ensuring your health is optimal before you run into any problems with vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Author Bio: Amanda Maurois, Proud mom, owner of two cats and a lovely retriever.
Full time lifestyle blogger and founder of HowTonight.com where she blogs about fitness, nutrition, pets, travel and everything between.