Tired of constantly feeling tired?
In terms of supplementation there are 3 key nutrients that may be causing this;
The sunshine vitamin that is sorely lacking especially here in the UK. Rickets, a disease not seen for centuries is now back. Children are being seen by Drs with soft bones due to Vitamin D deficiency. Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency include lethargy, tiredness, depression and lowered immunity. Start of with 2500iu of Vitamin D daily and reduce to 400iu daily once blood levels reach 75nmol/L.
This vitamin is one of the eight B Vitamins that help the body convert the food we eat into glucose which the body uses for energy. Vitamin B12 is found solely in animal products so vegetarians and vegans are at particular risk for deficiency. Vitamin B12 is useful taken in combination with a B Complex as all the B Vitamins work together synergistically. The process by which Vitamin B12 is utilised and absorbed by the body is complex therefore swallowing Vitamin B12 tablets are not necessarily the best option. Highfield Vitamin B12 is sub-lingual meaning it is placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve straight into the blood stream for maximum absorbance.
Iron is a common deficiency in toddlers and women, especially pregnant women. Due to monthly periods women will need to make up for this loss of blood. Although this can be done through the diet, it is often difficult and many women are trying to function on a daily basis with sub-optimal iron levels. Ideally haemoglobin levels should be 16.5g/dl and ferritin levels 70 mcg/L. Low energy, tiredness and breathlessness are all common signs of iron deficiency but a less well known side effect is hair loss. Consider asking your GP for a blood test. Unfortunately the iron prescribed in the UK is ‘iron sulphate’ – the constipating form of iron. Many women suffer from stomach issues while on this form of iron. Highfields iron is a gentle non-constipating form of iron. When trying to bring levels up take 2 capsules daily.
In todays world we are, we are without doubt living more of a fast-paced, stressful life than ever before. We are juggling long work hours, family and social commitments and due to advances in modern technology there is no ‘off switch’ – we are expected to reply to messages and emails at any time of the day or night.
Our bodies are designed to switch off in the evening, sleep at nights and wake up feeling refreshed. Melatonin rises in the evening to help induce relaxation and sleep. The stress hormone cortisol drops at night and is elevated first thing in the morning. This cycle is designed to give our bodies a chance to recover from the day and prepare for the next day. Our immune system comes alive at night and functions optimally while we are asleep.
Due to our modern life styles this cycle is often disrupted with people unable to wind down in the evening, sleep disturbances, difficulty getting up in the morning and exhaustion during the day. This can lead to a lowered immune system, increased inflammation leading to increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease as well as many other conditions.
Reducing stress as much as possible as well getting into good bed-time habits to allow for a full nights sleep is essential. If you find it hard to relax and switch off try taking 2 magnesium capsules about an hour before bed. Magnesium is a natural relaxant as well as regulating cortisol in the body.
As a general rule of thumb when taking any supplements, always take a multi-vitamin and mineral as a base in addition to any others you may be taking. This ensures that an imbalance doesn’t occur when taking one vitamin or mineral on its own.