HEALTH MATTERS: The best nutrition gives you energy

When it comes to feeling energised, nutrition can play a huge part.

Factors such as stress, lack of sleep, busy lifestyles and a deficiency of the right nutrients can all lead to tiredness and fatigue.

Michelle Winspear, of Advanced Nutrition in Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade, has some tips to help you feel re-energised in time for summer.

Think wholegrains:

Include more wholegrains in your diet, such as brown rice and oat-based cereals. They will make you feel fuller for longer and are packed with B-vitamins, which help to convert food into energy.

If you want to give yourself a natural energy lift, B vitamins are usually most effective when taken in combination as a vitamin B complex. For example, Bio-Multi Vitamin and Mineral contains 18 essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12.

Support your body’s 
energy production:

Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance required by every cell in our bodies to produce energy. Sometimes we just need a little top up as Q10 levels decrease from our mid-20s. Q10 is also depleted by chronic illness and intense physical exercise.

Pharma Nord’s Bio-Quinone Active Q10 was the first Q10 formula to be introduced to Europe more than 25 years ago and is used to combat fatigue and tiredness, as well as to improve heart health.

Curb your sugar 
cravings:

If you eat lots of chocolate, biscuits, cakes and processed foods, you will most likely experience regular sugar cravings and energy highs and lows.

Try controlling your blood sugar by consuming more chromium in your diet.

Foods such as green leafy vegetables, fish and eggs can help. As most cooking processes deplete chromium from food, you may find you need a chromium supplement to control sugar cravings.

The organic chromium yeast found in Bio-Chromium is up to 10 times better absorbed by the body than any other form of chromium, including the kind found in food.

Stay hydrated:

The power of water should not be underestimated. Make sure you drink some every hour.

Target the reasons for your tiredness:

If you feel stressed, try a slow-paced, gentle exercise such as yoga, swimming or Pilates. If you struggle to sleep, remember to stop working or using computers, smart phones or tablets at least an hour before bed.

Use the power of magnesium:

If magnesium levels are depleted, energy production is halted, and the eventual outcome is fatigue and weakness. Factors such as stress, intense physical exercise, high intake of alcohol, caffeine and an unhealthy diet can all have an effect on magnesium levels.

The best dietary sources are green leafy vegetables and cereals.

If you try a supplement, look for one which contains three different forms of magnesium to improve absorption in your body.

Come down and see us at Advanced Nutrition for further advice on your health.