Why Are You So Tired All the Time?
Do you ever find yourself asking, “Why am I so tired all the time?” You know what I mean; you feel like you can’t get off the couch after work. You don’t want to cook or exercise. You just feel exhausted.
So how does your body create energy in the first place?
Energy is created within our cells, in the mitochondria.
Think of mitochondria as tiny little power generators that convert food into chemical energy using oxygen available in the cell. This energy is then released into the mitochondria so cells can use it depending on the functions of the tissues.
This process is only efficient in the presence of oxygen.
When your tissues don’t get enough oxygen, the process crashes,releasing only a fraction of the energy.
So how do we get more oxygen to the tissues?
Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying protein found within every healthy red blood cell. We cannot create hemoglobin without the presence of iron and B vitamins.
If you lack iron and B vitamins, or can’t absorb them properly, your red blood cells can’t carry enough oxygen to your tissues. And the body requires B vitamins to break down simple sugars, alcohol, and caffeine products.
The problem is, there are so many things that can deplete your body’s B vitamins:
- Refined sugar and starches
So it’s very important to be mindful of ways to get more B vitamins.
With iron being critical in energy production, you want to make sure you’re getting an adequate supply. This can be a struggle for some people, especially women. Reduced iron intake, poor absorption, and blood loss contribute to low iron levels.
It’s important to know that when you eat something that contains iron, you need to have vitamin C in your gut so it can be properly absorbed. I love that I am able to offer an iron supplement from the first company to to add vitamin C to their iron supplements to enhance absorption!
If low energy is an issue for you, a great place to start is with one of our multivitamins! And if you’re already taking a multi, you may want to beef it up with some B Complex vitamins I recommend. AND, if you want to level up your nutrient intake, you can step up to a Vitamin Strip that contains a multivitamin, a probiotic, a B&C Complex vitamin and Omega 3 fish oil. If you choose Women’s Vitamin Strip, you also get iron which contributes to it being an excellent prenatal/postnatal multivitamin as well.