There’s a lot to be said for our modern lifestyles—the conveniences, the connectivity, the constant excitement of new opportunities to enjoy life. But it comes at a price. Our days are getting longer, and our hours of downtime are getting shorter. The 40-hour workweek has become a thing of the past. Even after we leave the office, we remain connected—to our e-mail, our phones, our social media feeds, our world—and that’s while we juggle the demands of home, kids, and social schedules. It’s really no wonder that we often feel that we simply cannot keep up. And, as we sprint through our days, proper nutrition, sleep, and fitness all get sidelined, compounding the problem and leaving us with even less energy to face each coming day.
What you need are some energy “stars”
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With your ever more demanding lifestyle, your body needs more than just 7 hours of sleep and a relatively healthy diet (although that helps). You need to ensure that you’re getting a full range of “energy-supporting” nutrients to keep you at the top of your game. Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7 (biotin), Vitamin B9 (folic acid), and Vitamin B12 are water-soluble Vitamins that are critical players in various processes that convert proteins, fats, and carbohydrates into energy to help support your daily energy needs. Together, these “B Vitamins” ensure that the food you eat gets converted into what your cells need to energize your body. They each play a very specific role: B5 supports cell function for metabolism, B6 supports normal protein and glucose metabolism, B7 supports metabolism of protein and fats, B9 helps with red blood cell development, and B12 helps produce those same red blood cells which provide oxygen to body tissue. And then there’s the big picture: in addition to these Vitamins that help support effective food-to-energy conversion, other Vitamins and minerals that play a role include copper (for proper energy production at the cellular level), iron (an essential component of dozens of enzymes involved in energy production), and magnesium (for protein production). If you’re falling short on your intake of these Vitamins and minerals, fatigue could creep up on you.
Here’s what you can do today!
A healthier approach to your everyday life is right within reach. Adding a multivitamin to your routine is an easy way to help ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you need to squeeze every last drop of energy from everything that you consume.
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