Getting a healthy dose of B Vitamins can really give your body an extra jumpstart into summer.
Have you been hibernating during the colder months?
Spring is already here and summer is just around the corner but there are plenty of people who are still feeling winter weary.
Don’t despair, many of us just need a B Vitamin top-up to boost energy levels, lift our mood, and fight that winter fatigue.
Your brain uses Vitamin B1 (thiamin) to turn sugar into fuel.
Without it, the brain will rapidly run out of energy.
So keep your thiamin levels up for a clear headed, composed and energetic start to Summer.
The Superhero of Vitamins
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is vital to your body’s energy supply.
Vitamin B2 helps metabolise fats and proteins, and helps convert carbs into something called adenosine triphosphate (ATP is easier!) which produces more energy for the body.
B2 doesn’t just stop there.
It helps your body absorb other B vitamins and iron, as well as supporting the growth of fresh red blood cells.
But there’s more!
This hero vitamin helps relieve tiredness by reducing oxidative stress (what happens when there’s an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body).
Lift the Fog
If Winter - or a late night - leaves you with brain fog, you need B3 (niacin) for energy and to function properly.
Like its B relatives, niacin helps the body break down fats, carbs and proteins.
It also plays a role in brain health and memory retention.
Get your Zzzs
Vitamin B6 helps maintain a healthy body and develop a healthy brain.
Even better, it produces chemicals that influence the body’s sleep cycles.
Healthy sleep cycles can make a huge difference to your daily mood and energy levels.
Important when you’re trying to leave hibernation behind!
To grab all these B goodies together, look for a nutri-tonic, like SHOJO, that adds them to other functional ingredients for a powerful wellbeing boost.
Taste and flavour are important when it comes to humans accepting food and drinks.
It is believed that some of your taste preferences are innate from the moment you are born. Sweet taste is categorised as the first taste preference for infants, and this is proposed as a ‘product of survival’, with most poisonous substances having a bitter taste and therefore rejected in favour of the sweetness of breastmilk and fruits.
Have you ‘languished’ in the greyness of winter and the ‘blah’ (apathy) of Covid lockdowns?
You are not alone, and there is a real reason for it.
With the shorter winter days, the ‘pea-sized’ pineal gland in the brain increases the release of melatonin so you can often feel tired and unmotivated.
But as we pass the Equinox (the true start of Spring) 22nd September 2021, our eyes start to register more daylight, and this triggers the pineal gland to reduce the release of melatonin and this allows you to feel a lift in your energy levels and your mood.