Whether you’re a casual gym-goer or a marathon athlete, we could all use a little help for that extra push. Here are some things that may help:
- Magnesium: Many people do not realize they are deficient in magnesium. This nutrient may help with stress and muscle relaxation. It may also decrease the frequency of migraines.1 60mg/day is a good place to start.
- B-vitamins: Many B-vitamins help support energy production, but each one has unique properties. For instance, Vitamin B6 and B12 may provide the mental clarity and energy you need, without the jitteriness of other aids (like caffeine or energy drinks).2 These are water-soluble so anything excessive will be excreted.
- Electrolytes: These are minerals that can conduct electricity when dissolved in water, including sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, phosphate, magnesium, etc. It is especially important to continually replace your body’s sodium and potassium stores, which are often depleted through sweat during exercise.
- Taurine: Planning for a long run or bike ride? Then taurine may help. Studies show it can increase endurance, which may help you make it through till the end!3
- Avoid sugars: While sugar may give you a rapid boost, it’s often also accompanied by a crash. Plus it adds empty calories with little nutrition benefit. If you want that sweet taste, consider products with natural plant-based sweeteners like Stevia, which has zero calories and a low-glycemic index.4
- Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR): Antioxidant derived from amino acids, which also may improve exercise (think dancing) endurance and recovery.5