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Perfect Pairings: Power Couples For Better Energy, Focus and Mood

 

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When You’re Tired and Low On Energy

Iron + B12 + Egg

Eggs are one of the most popular breakfast dishes and it’s easy to see why: they have energy-boosting nutrients! If you have a hard time getting up and at em’ or you feel your energy level dipping in the afternoon, reach for a Iron and B12 packed Vitamin Dose and egg. This couple of vitamins is constantly being talked about as a great remedy if you’re feeling drained.

In the morning, we like mini quiche/frittatas made in muffin tins, but for the afternoon a hardboiled egg is a perfect companion that you can keep in the work fridge. Eggs baked in tomatoes and avocados are another healthy favorite!

When You Need to Concentrate And Focus

Vitamin D + Blueberries

Studies show that blueberries boost concentration and memory for up to five hours because the antioxidants in blueberries stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to [your] brain – and keep the mind fresh. And Vitamin D is known to improve the concentration of glutathione in the brain. Glutathione is an antioxidant useful for counteracting harmful free radicals in the central nervous system. Its protective action prevents damage to the neurons and helps in maintaining brain health. Vitamin D is also needed for certain steps in the productions of brain chemicals such as dopamine and norepinephrine.

While we enjoy snacking on fresh blueberries right out of the carton, you can also blend them up in a smoothie with a Lemon-Lime Vitamin Dose, bake them up in an oatmeal muffin or make your own frozen yogurt coated blueberries!

When You’re Feeling Anxious or Down In The Dumps

Magnesium + Walnuts + Dark Chocolate

Serotonin, which relaxes the nervous system and elevates mood, is dependent on Magnesium. And did you know the sleep regulating hormone, melatonin, is disturbed when Magnesium is deficient? Magnesium brings balance and controls stress hormones, so let go of the tension with this dynamic duo.

And everyone knows dark chocolate is a good mood booster, but did you also know that walnuts are as well?

“Chocolate contains mood-boosting compounds such as theobromine and phenylethyamine. Further, a recent Swiss study found that eating a little over an ounce of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate (about 6 Hershey Kisses) daily for two weeks reduced stress hormone levels including cortisol in people with high anxiety. And Arizona State University researchers reported that high intakes of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a form of omega-3 fat found in walnuts, flaxseed and chia seed, can keep you feeling chipper.”

Make a batch of chocolate bark or low sugar brownies with walnuts and enjoy with a Mango Magnesium Vitamin Dose in the afternoon or after dinner.

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