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Author: Brenda Adderly
Source: Better Nutrition Volume 62 Number 1

Give Yourself A Natural Boost With These Pick-Me-Ups

Americans are suffering from an energy crisis in more ways than one. Forget about sky-high fuel costs and consider this: in as many as 50 percent of all doctor visits, the chief complaint is fatigue.

Vital Vitamins

The B-complex family is directly related to energy production, making them necessities when it comes to converting protein and carbohydrates into energy, as well as metabolizing fatty acids. Look for a product that contains the whole B complex, including B-1 (thiamin), B-2 ( riboflavin), B-6, B-12 and folic acid. Because the B complex works best when taken together in balanced amounts experts recommend all-in-one formulas. Typically, doses range from 50 to 150 mg of most Bs, although folic acid and B-12 are measured in micrograms (mcg) and needs will vary. Extra B-12, is one of the best energy boosters around.

Exercise is another well-known energy booster. And, as with meals, you don’t have to do an entire exercise session all at once. Taking two or three brief, brisk walks each day is a great way to ease tension and rev up your metabolism. As an added bonus, dividing exercise time into several segments throughout the day has been shown to encourage healthy weight loss.