Nutrients To Help You Feel Amazing – Part 2
Written by: Brandi Monasco
In part one, we learned about three important nutrients that your body can use to help you feel better: chromium, calcium and iron. Not only can these nutrients help you feel better and put a little pep into your step, but they are also essential for your body to help maintain its function and to perform at its tip-top capacity.
Adding on to part one, here are a few more essential nutrients that you can find pretty much everywhere that can give you that boost of “feel good” that you need!
#1. Folate: Folate is also known as folic acid or vitamin B9. You have probably heard of folic acid if you have been pregnant. This is because folate helps in preventing neural tube defects, which are serious birth defects of the spinal cord and the brain.
On top of protecting your baby from neural tube defects, folate is great for your body, whether pregnant or not. Folate helps in creating new cells and supporting serotonin regulation. Serotonin plays a role in your moods; without folate, or having a low level of folate, you can find yourself fatigued and feeling down due to the low levels of serotonin.
Foods that are rich in folate:
- Black eyed peas
#2. Magnesium: Magnesium is a mineral that plays over 300 roles in your body, so you can be rest assured that this mineral is highly essential to your body. As with folate, magnesium plays an important role in the development of serotonin. Since magnesium is important for serotonin development, having a low level of magnesium in your body can cause you to feel irritable, stressed, depressed and you may even have some mental confusion.
On top of needing magnesium to help with the development of serotonin, magnesium can also help increase your energy. If you are feeling drained or sluggish, eat something that is full of magnesium and you will be feeling better in no time!
Foods that are rich in magnesium:
#3. Vitamin B12: You probably see the bottles of vitamin B12 on your pharmacy’s shelf. That is because vitamin B12 plays a role with your energy and helping your body feel better. Vitamin B12 helps in the creation of red blood cells. It also aids in the creation of new nerves and regulating your nervous system to keep it healthy.
Vitamin B12 also helps in converting the carbohydrates that you eat into glucose, which is used to produce energy and help fight against fatigue. Having a deficiency in vitamin B12 can leave you feeling depressed, lethargic and tired.
Foods that are rich in vitamin B12:
- Rainbow trout
- Tuna (canned in water)
#4. Vitamin D: Have you ever heard of the wintertime blues? This is because during the winter you are not getting as much sunlight as your body needs, which causes you to feel blue or down. Increasing your intake of vitamin D can help with this. Having a low level of vitamin D at any time can cause you to have symptoms of depression.
Foods that are rich in vitamin D:
What are your favorite foods that help you feel better and give you more energy? Share with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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