What nutrients can help boost my energy?

Lucette Talamas, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
In regards to food nutrients and energy, it is best to look at overall lifestyle, health status and eating patterns to better understand your energy levels.  Looking closer into eating patterns, your body gets nutrients from food and food contains calories. A calorie can be simply thought of as a unit of food energy, therefore, food is energy. 

There are 3 main food sources of calories (or energy), which are also known as macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Micronutrients, also known as our vitamins and minerals, are also needed to support a healthy body especially in the production of energy from macronutrients. In order to fuel your metabolism and maintain a healthy body, macronutrients and micronutrients should be primarily consumed through the foods you eat. This can be done by eating a nutrient-dense diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, a variety of lean proteins, and low fat dairy or dairy alternatives. 

In regards to specific nutrients and energy, deficiencies in some micronutrients such as iron or Vitamin B12 may be associated with low energy levels. Deficiencies are best addressed if confirmed through proper laboratory (blood) work and treatments should be discussed with your healthcare provider.
Brooke Randolph
Marriage & Family Therapy
For more energy, one needs more iron. Although chickpeas are packed with iron, your body cannot absorb it all without vitamin C, plenty of which you can find in red peppers. Try alternating slices of red pepper with pita when eating hummus or add red pepper to tabouli, one of my favorite fresh and healthy recipes.

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