Are you approaching middle age? Do you feel you are not as energetic as you were even just a few years ago? Well you could have a deficit of 2 vital minerals your body needs.
It is easy to think you haven’t changed since your twenties. You are still doing the same things and you think you are feeling the same. But you will find that you are losing energy as the years go by. As you approach your 50s, you will notice your energy levels dropping.
You will notice that as you age, you eat less to maintain your body weight. Or you should! You may have health issues that mean you need to exercise less. Or you exercise less as you have no energy. A lot of our energy loss is down to completely preventable deficiencies of vital minerals that our body needs.
It is not uncommon to develop a mineral deficiency as we grow older. Unfortunately, our bodies, diets, and lifestyles change so radically as we age. It is hard to eat all the minerals you need when your calorie requirements are so low. And we are more prone to losing minerals, so we actually need to eat even more than before, not less. So many of us will at some point become deficient in one or more of these vital minerals. And, believe it or not, this deficiency could be the root cause of your sudden energy crash.
Iron is an essential mineral which is used to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin sits in our red blood cells, carrying oxygen to every cell in the body. And without oxygen in our cells, we have no energy.
When our iron levels drop too low, this is called anemia. In this state we cannot carry enough oxygen to our various bodily tissues, making us feel tired and low in energy even if we haven’t done anything all day.
Iron can be found in both animal and plant sources. Animal sources are the fastest and simplest ones for our bodies to use. Other than feeling tired, if you are deficient you will notice your skin is getting paler. You will suffer headaches, you may experience constipation, and you may notice inflammation and ulcers in your mouth. Be aware, however, that excessively high iron can also make you feel tired. So if in doubt, get your blood iron levels checked.
To make sure your iron levels are high enough, make a point of eating iron-rich foods, such as lentils, liver, red meats, etc. If you are not sure you can eat all the iron you need, consider a supplement. There are dissoluble supplements, but there are also supplements in the form of iron items you can put in a pot of food as it cooks to encourage iron into your meal.
But to ensure you absorb and use your iron, you need to have enough vitamin C. Vitamin C encourages iron to be released from food and absorbed into your body, so it is vital that you take them together. Combine your iron-rich foods with vitamin C foods, such as citrus fruits, berries, or leafy greens. Or take a vitamin C supplement alongside your iron supplement.
If you continue to show signs of anemia, talk to your doctor about potential illnesses which may be causing bleeding, blood cell death, or a low number of red blood cells.
Magnesium is a mineral that is vital to producing ATP, our bodies’ main energy source. If we do not have enough magnesium, we cannot turn glucose or ketones into ATP, so our energy levels will crash, leaving us feeling exhausted.
It has been found that almost every person with chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, and other exhaustion illnesses have serious magnesium deficiencies, and that giving them magnesium will significantly improve their energy levels. Most people in developed nations today are at least slightly deficient in magnesium, and it is the only deficiency which is common in both developed and developing countries. Besides feeling tired, you may find a magnesium deficiency can cause you to be irritable, suffer muscle cramps, an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and difficulties sleeping.
When choosing magnesium rich foods, look to nuts, seeds, and seaweed. These foods are the highest in magnesium per hundred grams. Bear in mind that nuts and seeds have phytic acid in them, which stops us from being able to digest them well enough to get the magnesium.
You need to soak nuts and seeds in water for twelve hours before you use them. This will make sure the magnesium is released. You can also consider a strong daily magnesium supplement to boost your levels if you are not sure you can eat enough. Also make a point of avoiding foods which deplete your magnesium levels, such as refined carbohydrates, grains and pulses, and coffee and tea.
Also bear in mind that a deficiency in vitamin B1, vitamin B6, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, or selenium can cause or worsen a magnesium deficiency, so if in doubt, get full blood works done to detect possible deficiencies.
You should not have to work too hard to replenish your levels of these 2 vital minerals. Start by trying to eat mineral rich food before you reach for the supplements. See if that makes a difference to your energy levels. Your reduced energy may not just be a fact of life, but a deficiency in these vital minerals so give them a boost.
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