Nutrition and mental health – We’re in the middle of a low-energy epidemic. One in five doctor’s visits are down to fatigue, and it’s estimated that tiredness-induced mistakes in the workplace cost the UK up to £240 million a year . That money is enough to buy 800,000 tired people an overnight stay at The Ritz.
Even if you don’t visit the doctor or make a professional blunder, low energy can dampen everyday life. Do you recognise yourself in any of the following?
- Not feeling refreshed after sleeping
- Experiencing less excitement than you used to
- Frequently feeling overwhelmed
- Finding it difficult to concentrate
- Feeling physically weaker or less capable than before
Fatigue can be caused by many things, and it’s important to get checked out by your GP if you believe you have a medical issue.
However, you can’t ignore the role of your lifestyle. Along with adequate sleep and appropriate exercise, a key influencer of your energy levels is your nutritional intake.
IV nutrient therapy for energy
As we wrote about here, IV nutrient therapy is a practice in which nutrients are administered directly into a person’s bloodstream—making it easy to provide the body with high concentrations of health-boosting nutrients.
Take magnesium. Studies have found that taking magnesium supplements rarely raises the blood level of magnesium. Administering magnesium intravenously, on the other hand, can double or even triple of level of magnesium in the blood .
By providing a therapeutic dose of nutrients, IV nutrient therapy can help to build your body’s store of certain nutrients and enable it to be more adaptable to life’s demands.
It’s perhaps for this reason that people experience feelings of increased energy after IV nutrient therapy. Dr Alan Gaby, the integrative doctor who’s a key proponent of the practice in the US, has observed that this energy can last for days after a single session .Nutrition and mental health
Key nutrients for energy
Here at the London Clinic of Nutrition, we’ve created a blend of nutrients that’s specifically designed to support energy levels. Some of these nutrients include:
Magnesium This essential mineral is involved in hundreds of reactions in the body, including mitochondrial energy production . It’s also restorative because it can help people relax.
Calcium You probably know that calcium is good for your bones, but did you also know that it helps you to release energy from your food? . This mineral is found in higher concentrations in animal products, which means it’s often low in vegans and vegetarians.
B vitamins This family of nutrients acts as co-enzymes (helpers) for a broad range of functions that keep cells ticking over, enabling you to feel energised . If we’re stressed, we use B vitamins up more quickly.
Zinc This is one of the nutrients we can’t store, so we need to ensure we’re getting a regular intake. It’s essential for hormonal function, which has a knock-on effect on energy levels. In fact, low levels of zinc are associated with chronic fatigue syndrome .
Arginine You can make this amino acid, but it’s much harder for your body to do it when under stress. Amongst other functions, it plays a key role in helping your blood vessels to dilate so energy-promoting oxygen can get all around your body.
Vitamin C This nutrient is a powerful fatigue fighter, and is known to be well-tolerated at high levels . During IV nutrient therapy, you’ll receive a full 10g of vitamin C.
Who can benefit from IV nutrient therapy for energy?
The great thing about IV nutrient therapy is that you can use it in a way that suits you. Some people opt to have a single session to boost their energy, while others like to make it part of their weekly self-care ritual.
This energy-promoting blend could be especially beneficial for you if:
- You work long hours
- You have a full and busy life
- You have a healthy lifestyle but are looking for an extra boost
- You have suspected adrenal insufficiency
- You’ve been through a stressful life period
This list isn’t exhaustive. Our nurse is always on hand to answer your questions and help you choose what’s best for you.
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