I feel like I have no energy and am tired all the time.
Q. Dear Terry, “I feel like I have no energy and am tired all the time. What do you recommend when a person’s iron stores are low - not at anemic levels, just lower than normal?” — Sandra P., Cape Coral, FL
A. Dear Sandra, I believe I can offer you some alternative nutritional options. However, I do encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.
If you have not yet, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. A healthy diet is essential – you would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information.
While fatigue and exhaustion can be caused by a lack of many nutrients, a recent study found the number one cause of chronic fatigue in women was lack of iron.
When it comes to iron supplementation, I recommend adding a mineral complex (iron, along with magnesium, copper, and zinc) to your daily regimen. This complex of minerals would help to increase your overall energy and endurance. Iron, an essential trace mineral, helps transport oxygen in the blood, create cellular energy, and support proper neurotransmitter synthesis. Magnesium, copper, and zinc are all vital to providing our cells with energy, building healthy blood cells, and helping to recover from exercise.
When looking for a supplement, I strongly recommend choosing a mineral complex that features amino-acid chelated forms of iron, magnesium, copper and zinc. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral (often called “inorganic”) and a molecule structure, called a “ligand” that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. The amino acid glycine, in particular, makes an excellent molecule to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall because it is so small that it can be transported directly into the cells of the body, so it can get to work right away. I recommend taking 1-2 tablets of this blend daily.
You may also want to consider trying a blend of two adaptogenic herbs: ashwagandha and rhodiola. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking 1 capsule three times daily.
Terry . . . Naturally