Are you feeling tired all the time?
There are certain times in the day and certain days in the month when tiredness, fatigue and poor concentration can take over.
An over zealous lifestyle, a busy work schedule, juggling home chores, kids and family commitments and keeping a healthy social life can all take their toll on your mental, physical and emotional energy reserves. With the right diet and nutritional supplements maintaining your superwoman schedule is a breeze but drink too much alcohol, eat too much sugar and slurp back too much caffeine and your energy is likely to become depleted and life becomes more challenging.
Yes we need sugar for energy, but we need it in the right quantity, from the right foods and at the right times in order for our energy to be sustained across the day. Eating too much refined sugar (cakes, biscuits, sugary drinks, fruit juice) and refined carbohydrates (white bread, white pasta and white rice etc) results in too much sugar being released too quickly into the blood stream creating bursts of energy followed by a sugar low that leaves you feeling tired and craving for your next sugar hit. Switching to complex carbohydrates (brown rice, wholewheat pasta, wholegrain bread, pulses and lentils) which contain B-vitamins and fibre enables sugar to be released in a slower and more sustained way, helping to keep your energy more even across the day.
It’s not unusual for women to feel fatigued and tired before their period and during the menopause. During these times oestrogen and progesterone levels drop and this is reflected in energy dips and fatigue that aren’t always lifted by adequate sleep. B-vitamins, especially B6, play an important role in hormone balance so topping up with a nutritional supplement could be of benefit.
It’s also important to note that B-vitamins are used by all our cells to help convert sugar into ATP, specialised units used by cells to generate energy. During times of tiredness and fatigue cellular levels of ATP may be depleted and B-vitamins help to restock these fuel stores. Mental fatigue often accompanies blood sugar lows, caffeine dips and hormone imbalance. Episodes of brain fog, poor concentration and lack of clarity are definitely not what superwoman had in mind for the day! B-vitamins also help to balance neurotransmitters, brain chemicals responsible for mood and brain function, helping improve your mood and mental agility.