Fatigue and poor eating habits are critical problems in the U.S. and many people think that these two routines feed off of one another. We’re tired and therefore less likely to make healthy diet choices; choosing instead to eat processed foods. This in turn makes us tired and the cycle continues.
If you’re tired of being tired, it may be time to give your diet an overhaul. The typical American diet doesn’t come close to meeting the recommended daily allowance of a variety of vitamins that can keep us healthier and more energetic. Here are a few fatigue-banishing vitamins along with a description of what foods contain them:
- Vitamin A- Vitamin A deficiency can result in fatigue symptoms. This antioxidant can also help you to think more clearly and can ease muscle pain. Find it in carrots, peaches, beef liver and dark green leafy vegetables.
- Vitamin B12- B12 shots are a wellness staple that’s fallen in and out of fashion several times over the past several decades. That’s because it’s a natural energy source that’s hard to find in nature. It’s mainly found in beef, fish, pork, dairy and eggs, so vegans need to supplement.
- Vitamin C- Feeling cranky, sleepy or suffering from frequent headaches? A lack of vitamin C may be the cause. Luckily, many fresh fruits and veggies contain plenty of vitamin C. Kiwi, oranges, broccoli and spinach are loaded with vitamin C.
- Vitamin D- A deficiency of the sunshine vitamin can leave you feeling foggy and tired. Because D is a tricky vitamin to get enough of (it’s usually only found in sunlight or certain fish), many chiropractors advise their patients to use supplements.
Most of the vitamins that we need can be found in a healthy diet. However, even if you’re not a fan of cooking fresh fruits and veggies, you can still get the nutrients that you need with a blender. Smoothies are a great way to get the nutrition that you need as quickly as possible. Talk to your chiropractic team for more information on how to incorporate a healthier diet into your life.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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