By consuming a healthy diet and leading an active lifestyle, our energy levels can be positively influenced. This is great news for everyone who wants to keep fit and maintain a healthy heart. Here we focus on some nutrients that can influence your energy levels and why they matter.
One of the functions of iron is to transport oxygen in the body. Adequate iron intake can contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Even slightly lowered iron levels can have a negative effect, so make sure you maintain a healthy level by eating iron-rich foods such as meat, fish, poultry, fortified breakfast cereal, dark green leafy vegetables and dried fruit.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C increases iron absorption, especially from plant based iron sources. Because your body cannot produce or store vitamin C, it is important to make sure you include it in your diet. Fruit, especially citrus fruits, and vegetables are rich in vitamin C.
- B Vitamins
The B complex vitamins are a group of 8 vitamins, including folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. B vitamins are known for their important role in human growth, healthy development and a variety of other bodily functions. They can also help to reduce tiredness and fatigue. Since the body cannot store B vitamins very well, it’s important to include them in your daily diet. Good sources of B vitamins are green leafy vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, dairy, meat and fish.
Energy Boosting tips
- A good morning routine sets us up for the day ahead. Start by eating a sustaining breakfast and doing some exercise. If you usually skip breakfast, start with something light like a piece of fruit or some whole grain bread with Flora ProActiv spread.
- Resist the urge to comfort eat. If you have a sweet tooth after dinner, why not swap a sweet dessert for some yummy reduced fat yogurt, fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey.
- Head outside for a brisk evening stroll – it will help to increase your energy and help stave off weight gain.
- Social contact makes us feel happier. So whether it’s going for a walk with a friend, joining a new club or even just chatting on the phone, make sure you stay sociable!
Nutrients keep our body healthy. The reality is that it’s hard to get all of the essential vitamins and nutrients without a balanced diet. If you make a conscious effort at it, you’ll enjoy your food and enjoy a heart healthy lifestyle.