While there are some non-nutritional related ways to increase your energy; sleep more and stress less are two that easily come to mind, your food can affect your mood. Take for example the B vitamin complex; thiamin, riboflavin and niacin along with B-6, B-12, folate, biotin and pantothenic acid, these little nutrients add a world of energy and vitality to your days. Add foods that have huge amounts of B vitamins to your diet and your get-up-and-go might leave everyone else behind!
Take for example pantothenic acid; its existence literally helps energy formation within the body. Pantothenic acid takes fatty acids and helps them move into the cells of your body and once inside these fatty acids make energy so you can chase the kids, wash the car or simply handle the high stress of being a mother/wife/worker-bee.
B vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin and niacin are so essential to the body, especially to babies inside and outside of the womb. Niacin preforms more than 200 chemical reactions in the body; changing proteins, carbohydrates and fats into energy, working within the nervous system to stabilize compounds like carbon dioxide. Because B vitamins like niacin are NOT stored within the body they need to be taken in on a regular basis to keep your body and your baby’s body functioning well.
Look for water-soluble B vitamins in a variety of foods, from meat to vegetables and fruits.
B Vitamins in Meat
- *Eggs (these contain a high amount of B6 specifically)
B Vitamins in Fruits and Vegetables
- Leafy greens like spinach, kale and swiss chard (spinach has a high amount of folate, essential to pregnancies)
- Green Peas
- Sweet potatoes
Brown rice, cereal and whole grains are fortified with B vitamins also. Look to receive the majority of your natural sources though, fresh veggies and fruits, lean meats and fish are your best options. B vitamins can provide a steady stream of energy in your days, perfect for busy moms and dads everywhere.