A Google search will yield numerous hits for boosting your energy. I want to talk about three that I’m questioned about on a regular basis that don’t always hold up to their claims.
The first is B vitamins. B vitamins convert food into energy that your cells use. However, since they are water-soluble vitamins that can’t be stored in the body for any length of time, over-supplementing with B vitamins can’t super charge your cells, as some claim.
The second is iron. Iron supplementation only improves your energy if you are iron deficient. If you suspect this, it’s a good idea to have this verified by a blood test, as too much iron is potentially harmful.
The third is DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). This is a building block (precursor) to sex hormones. As you age your body produces less. Some speculate that supplementing DHEA can reverse the process restoring youthful energy abundance. The scientific literature does not substantiate this, and some literature indicates the opposite may be true. The uses of DHEA are not completely understood in the scientific community and the jury is still out on the benefits of supplementation. Considering these factors, the National Institute on Aging says to stay away. I agree.
Here are some simple ways to maintain a good energy level: eat lean protein and unrefined carbohydrates (the body metabolizes these gradually), don’t skip meals (your body needs a steady flow of calories throughout the day), and finally, maintain proper hydration (plain water is great).
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