Why am I Always Tired? These Supplements will Help

Why am I Always Tired?

It is not normal to feel tired all the time! If “I’m so tired today!” is consistently a part of your daily vocabulary, there may be a deeper root cause that is resulting in your low energy. With the right lifestyle changes and supplementation, you can take on the day with a clear mind and renewed energy.

Causes of Low Energy: 

  • Imbalanced blood sugar 
  • Not enough protein 
  • Insomnia 
  • B12 deficiency 
  • Chronic stress 
  • Iron deficiency 
  • Underactive thyroid 

To rule out an underactive thyroid, B12 and iron deficiency, you may want to consider checking in with your doctor.

In addition to eating a blood-balancing diet filled with adequate protein, there are a few supplements that can help you adapt to chronic stress-related fatigue.

Supplements to Improve Energy Levels

Rhodiola

Mental fog symptoms are common these days. Have you ever felt a lack of concentration mid-day? Perhaps your thinking is slower than normal? 

Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb that can produce a specific physiologic response based on what the body needs. It helps the body adapt to stress by balancing the stress hormone, cortisol. Rhodiola helps to increase energy and reduce stress-related mental fatigue – something we can all use.[1]

You can find rhodiola in capsule form, tinctures and in many adrenal formulas.

Lion’s Mane

Lion’s Mane is a popular medicinal mushroom that helps with concentration and cognition.  

As a medicinal mushroom, lion’s mane contains antioxidants that help your body produce energy. It works to maintain neurons (brain cells) – helping your brain process and transmit information. Lion’s mane has been shown to improve both physical energy and mental function.[2]

You can find lion’s mane in capsules. In addition, Four Sigmatic has a “coffee” made from lion’s mane – it’s an excellent replacement for coffee! 

Ginseng

Ginseng root is one of the most studied herbs for energy and has even been used in studies with cancer patients,[3] who experience extreme fatigue.

This herb has been around since ancient China and is still popular today. It works by temporarily dilating blood vessels, which increases blood flow to the brain. It is one of the more powerful energy, mood and focus boosters. 

You can find ginseng in capsules, tea, whole root, drinks and tinctures. Ginseng is an expensive root to grow, so it is important to get it from high-quality sources. 

Note: Do not take ginseng if you are on blood thinners, antidepressants, are diabetic or have high blood pressure.  

B Vitamins

The B vitamins are essential for energy production. They play important roles in the metabolism of carbs, protein and fats to be used as energy for the body.[4] Because they are depleted during stressful periods, supplementing with a full spectrum of B vitamins is useful for those with low energy. Studies show that B vitamins can increase blood flow to the brain during cognitive tasks, showing that both brain function and metabolism are positively improved.[5]

You can find B vitamins in methylated B complex formulas. AOR Advanced B complex is one of the best on the market. 

Author 

Grace Tien is dietetics and holistic nutrition grad. She creates sustainable, delicious meal plans to help clients with their health goals. Grace specializes in nutrition for healthy periods, you can find out more at @gracetien.ca on Instagram.

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