What are the food shortages that can cause fatigue?
I will cite some responsible elements, premising that the following list does not have the slightest claim to be exhaustive:
- Insufficient water supply, which generates chronic dehydration.
- Insufficient consumption of complex carbohydrates (bread, pasta, cereals etc.), which represent our main source of physical and mental energy.
- The deficiency of amino acids (animal protein foods, soy), which are necessary for the construction of our body proteins, whose cells are constantly renewed. This process requires a considerable supply of energy. Amino acids also intervene in the synthesis of hormones, enzymes and antibodies and thus participate, indirectly, in multiple body functions
- Vitamin deficiencies, mainly of vitamin C (fruit, fresh, raw or undercooked vegetables), B1, B5 (beer yeast, wheat germ, whole grains, oil fruits, liver, yolk) and B12 (animal-based protein foods spirulina).
- Mineral deficiencies, particularly iron (meat, yolk, seafood, legumes), potassium (raw or undercooked vegetables, fresh, dried and oil fruits, beer yeast, wheat germ) or magnesium (whole grains, oil fruits, beer yeast, wheat germ, legumes)
Theoretically it is assumed that a balanced diet is sufficient to cover all our nutritional needs. In reality, deficiencies can occur despite a correct supply of “nutrients”, as numerous factors increase the need for them; hence the interest in nutritional supplements.
Here are the main antagonists of anti-fatigue substances:
- Stress: vitamins B and C, magnesium, amino acids.
- Smoking (also passive): vitamins C and B.
- Intensive physical training: vitamins B and C, iron, magnesium, potassium, amino acids.
- Muscle work above normal: amino acids.
- Oral contraceptives: vitamins B and C.
- Aspirin: vitamin C, iron.
- Hypermenorrhea (abundant menstruation): iron.
- Excess of caffeine: vitamins B and C, potassium, iron.
- Excess alcohol: vitamins B and C, magnesium, potassium.
- Excess salt: potassium.
It should be noted that the intake of magnesium is often insufficient in the case of a low-calorie diet, while iron, vitamin B12 and amino acids can be scarce in a strictly vegetarian diet.
In case of abnormal fatigue, contact a health professional who will advise you on the most suitable product for you.
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