5 Supplements That Can Help Increase Your Energy Level in the Winter
Do the grey skies, cool winter temperatures, and shorter days have you succumbing to winter fatigue? This fatigue is also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which includes symptoms such as seasonal depression, moodiness, sleeping too much, difficulty concentrating, and lack of energy – specifically during the colder months of fall and winter. These seasonal changes are due to a disruption in your circadian rhythm (“biological clock”) caused from a decrease in sunlight, a drop in serotonin levels triggered by reduced sunlight exposure, and melatonin levels being affected by changing sleep patterns during the shorter days (1).
Winter fatigue can greatly impact your social life, family life, motivation and activity levels, and work performance. We want you to be feeling your best all year long, and have the necessary tools to increase your energy level throughout the winter, so we’ve compiled a list of supplements that can help you regain and maintain your energy this winter.
Ribose is a naturally occurring sugar molecule that our bodies use to make adenosine triophosphate (ATP), the primary source of energy for our cells. ATP is the body’s most basic form of naturally produced energy. These ribose molecules are produced within several parts of the body including the liver, adrenal glands, fatty tissues, heart, brain, and muscles. In addition to combating fatigue, supplementing with D-Ribose has been proven to benefit people who engage in high-intensity exercise by aiding in the recovery of energy reserves, and has been proven to lead to less-sore muscles.
*Due to the nature of this supplement, it may not be ideal for individuals who are diabetic or insulin dependent.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a molecule produced by the body that helps manufacture energy in the mitochondria of cells through the electron transport chain. It is essential for survival, promoting blood flow in the cardiovascular system, producing cell energy, and assisting in the production of ATP. In addition to supporting energy production, CoQ10 supplementation can support cardiovascular and immune function, support blood flow and nitric oxide production, support epithelial, muscle, connective, and nervous tissues, and support healthy blood lipid profiles.
Methylcobalamin is the most common form of Vitamin B12 found in the body and is involved in nearly all cellular metabolic reactions. In addition to assisting in energy production, Vitamin B12 plays an integral role in the proper formation of neurotransmitters, cellular respiration, and healthy DNA maintenance. Without the proper amount of Vitamin B12 that your body needs, you can suffer from feeling fatigued, weak, and sluggish. Research has shown that Vitamin B12 has a direct link to energy production, and that even individuals without a Vitamin B deficiency have been proven to experience increased energy when supplementing. Vitamin B12 supplementation can help with a number of things, including metabolizing amino acids, supporting cognitive function and healthy mood, supporting and maintaining DNA, supporting cardiovascular function and producing energy.
Fruits and Greens
Supplementing with Fruits and Greens concentrates can help increase your energy level by providing your body with essential vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols to support the immune system. In addition to increased energy, your body can benefit from the added support for healthy GI tract and digestion, hormone balance, healthy lipid profile, healthy nutrient digestion, and immune system function by introducing Fruits and Greens supplementation into your daily diet.
While Vitamin D does not directly give you energy, a lack of Vitamin D has been proven to have a significant negative impact on energy levels. Studies have shown that over 40% of the U.S. population are affected by a Vitamin D deficiency and thus struggle with a lack of energy and impaired cognitive performance. When a vitamin D deficiency is corrected, energy levels can be increased.
Don’t let the effects of winter keep you from maintaining normalcy in your life throughout the cold, shorter days of the season. Instead, find the right supplement for you and give your body the opportunity for increased energy production and the additional benefits that supplementation can give you.
If you’re interested in more information on the supplements that we offer, or you would like to speak with one of our experts about how to increase your energy levels this winter, we’d love to get you in for a complimentary consultation.
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1. Mayoclinic – https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20364651