When our energy levels dip, reaching for a sugary snack or a cup of coffee/caffeinated drink can be tempting. However, this can set you up for steeper energy crashes later, or even negatively affect your sleep at night (in reference to caffeine).
At Nourished, we have a whole host of natural ingredients that can positively impact your energy levels, without the negative side effects.
What causes energy dips?
Before getting into some natural i ngredients that can improve energy levels, we wanted to look more into why energy dips occur and why they are so common.
There can be several answers to this question, including the fact that our bodies may not be getting enough vitamins and minerals from the foods we eat, especially those in the B-vitamin category (such as Vitamin B12, which we will get into later).
Stress is another factor that can lead to a decline in energy levels, by affecting the chemicals and hormones in our body; making us feel more fatigued and leading to a variety of additional negative impacts on the body.
Another factor leading to energy dips can be linked to dehydration, which, when experienced even mildly, can lead to a decline in concentration, mood and performance. You can read this blog here to learn more about the importance of staying hydrated.
Energy dips can also occur after eating, which is especially common when eating protein and carbohydrate-rich foods that help the body produce more serotonin, a chemical that is linked to the body's sleep cycles.
Natural ways to enhance energy
As mentioned earlier, some vitamins and minerals are essential in our daily diet, and a lack of B vitamins can negatively affect energy levels, with a study from 2020 linking a deficiency in B12 to diminished energy and exercise tolerance, fatigue and shortness of breath [i].
Vitamin B12 is also proven to contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism.
You can learn more about the benefits of Vitamin B12 by reading our blog post here.
CoQ1O is another natural ingredient that has an impressive body of studies behind it, especially on the topic of energy. One, two-part, 8-week study found that CoQ10 could decrease fatigue levels when supplementation was introduced in the diet compared to the studies placebo group [ii].
Another study also found how this ingredient could aid exercise performance; another common issue that could affect lower energy levels [iii].
Maca powder has become more popular in recent years, especially with its links to how it can improve libido and improve physical and mental health, but did you know that this powerful natural ingredient can also improve energy levels too?
A clinical trial focused on how Maca Powder supplementation over a 14-day period affected athletes competing in a 40km cycling exercise. The results concluded that this ingredient could improve the performance and energy levels of the athletes compared to those in a placebo group [iv].
Ginger is a natural ingredient that has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years due to it’s multitude of health benefits. Clinical trials into Ginger supplementation have shown how this ingredient may contribute to the enhancement of vitality and energy levels [v].
You can learn more about the additional health benefits of Ginger extract by reading the blog here.
How to add these to your Nourished Stack
At Nourished, we use cutting-edge 3D printing technology to create bespoke nutrient gummies on demand. Our intelligent algorithmic quiz enables you to take a short online consultation and then receive a personalised recommendation of 7 scientifically-backed ingredients, all inside a single, convenient gummy stack.
You can even create your own stack directly from our 'Lab'. With a selection of over 35 ingredients, 9 delicious flavours and 2 coatings to choose from, the possibilities are almost endless!
This means that you can combine Vitamin B12, CoQ10, Maca Powder, Ginger Extract and other additional ingredients into a single gummy stack.
Our daily gummies are freshly 3D-printed and delivered directly to your door. If you would like to learn more about why we 3D print out gummies, then you can read more on the link here.
To learn more about what stack is suited to your lifestyle, self-care goals and body, then you can take the Nourished quiz now.
Want to learn more?
To find out more about the effects of Vitamin B12, CoQ10, Maca Powder, and Ginger Extract, as well as the research and studies mentioned in this article about healthy ways to lose weight, please click the links listed below or visit the website research page here.
You can also read another one of the Nourished blogs on the link here.
- [i] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7019700/
- [ii] https://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/fulltext/2010/01000/The_Effects_Of_Coenzyme_Q10_Supplementation_on.14.aspx
- [iii] https://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/fulltext/2010/01000/The_Effects_Of_Coenzyme_Q10_Supplementation_on.14.aspx
- [iv] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19781622/
- [v] https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=https%3A%2F%2Fassets.publishing.service.gov.uk%2Fgovernment%2Fuploads%2Fsystem%2Fuploads%2Fattachment_data%2Ffile%2F949103%2Farticle-13.1-on-hold-health-claims.ods&wdOrigin=BROWSELINK