Feeling Exhausted? 7 Herbs and Nutrients to Help Increase Energy

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woman with energyWith the COVID-19 pandemic, our new reality has brought an unprecedented amount of challenges, concerns and pressures to our daily lives. If you are lacking energy, feeling exhausted juggling all of the many demands and responsibilities right now, you are not alone. Understandably, stress is causing a greater amount of emotional, mental and physical burnout. Finding healthy outlets and effective coping strategies is so important to your health and well-being. Eating nutritious food, spending time outdoors, connecting with loved ones, dancing, listening to music, and getting restful sleep are examples of self-care habits that can help to ease stress and enhance resiliency. In addition, taking key nutritional supplements can help your mind and body to better manage stress, and also increase your energy and vitality.

7 Herbs and Nutrients to Help Increase Energy Levels

Rhodiola rosea

Rhodiola rosea is an herb that has a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been extensively studied and shown to be beneficial for improving stamina, boosting mental and physical performance, and reducing stress. Rhodiola may also support emotional wellness by helping to manage anxiety and enhance mood.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a calming adaptogen that enhances endocrine function. It is very effective for supporting adrenal and thyroid health. Considered a tonic, ashwagandha can help to improve memory and energy levels as well as ease anxiety and promote restful sleep.

Korean (Panax) ginseng

Korean ginseng is one of the most well-known medicinal plants in the world. It is considered an adaptogenic tonic that promotes health, vitality and longevity. Research shows that it has a wide range of health benefits, including increasing one’s resistance to stressors, improving mental function and performance, supporting immune health, promoting blood sugar balance, and enhancing general well-being.

B-Complex

B-complex vitamins are a group of eight vitamins that work closely together to perform essential roles in cellular functioning, including brain performance and energy production. Because B vitamins are water-soluble, they need to be replenished on a daily basis. Deficiencies can lead to a variety of symptoms including fatigue, weakness, depression, anxiety and cognitive impairment.

L-carnitine

L-carnitine is an amino acid that benefits energy levels by transporting fatty acids into the mitochondria where they can be used to provide the body with fuel. Research shows that L-carnitine can improve endurance.

Magnesium

Magnesium is a very important mineral for regulating a variety of biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis and muscle and nerve function. When combined with malic acid, this combination is particularly helpful for cellular energy production, muscle relaxation, and nervous system health.

Whey protein

Whey protein concentrate is a high-quality protein source that provides a complete profile of all of the necessary amino acids for sustained energy. The addition of MCT oil provides an additional source of rapid energy for enhanced mental focus, improved cognitive function and alertness.

If you’d like further information on supplements that can help to increase your energy levels, Village Green Apothecary’s team of nutrition experts is here to answer your health questions and provide you with personalized guidance. Feel free to call us, send us an email, come in and visit, or schedule an appointment to receive one-on-one support.

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