Unhealthy Habit #3: VITAMIN SHORTAGES
A vitamin shortage simply means that you are consuming less vitamins than your body is using up. This creates a shortage which can definitely make you feel tired. The most common vitamin shortage that I see among 30-something women is an iron shortage. Iron helps to transport oxygen, so when there’s a shortage you feel tired, cold, forgetful, and short of breath. In my opinion, if your iron stores(ferritin)are less than 50, you have an iron deficiency (always ask your doctor what your levels are!).
3 Main Reasons for Vitamin Shortages
- You’re not eating enough vitamins
- You’re not absorbing enough vitamins
- Your body is using up more vitamins than you’re taking in
So why do vitamin shortages make you feel tired? Every single cell in your body needs vitamins to produce energy. If all of your cells have a vitamin shortage, they can’t make energy so that causes your whole body to feel tired.
How to Fix a Vitamin Shortage
The best way to fix a vitamin shortage is to start eating more vitamin-rich foods. The most nutrient-rich foods are fruits and vegetables. You should aim for 2 servings of fruit and at least 4 cups of veggies every single day. To get a wide variety of vitamins choose brightly coloured fruits and veggies that make up the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, and blue/purple. A good quality Green Powder supplement can also help replenish a vitamin shortage more quickly.
What are your favorite natural energy boosters?