Do you struggle to stay awake during the day, or to get up in the mornings? Do you live for nap time? I was the same recently – constantly pressing snooze, getting the kids to school late, and still taking a nap at 2pm. I wasn’t even sure why – I was getting to bed at a reasonable time and wasn’t overly active during the day. Not enough to warrant being this tired at least. Blood tests confirmed I had a deficiency that was making me tired – could this be the same for you?
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Why you might be tired
There are many reasons you might be feeling run down, such as:
- Working long hours
- Being up with a baby
- Grief, change or upheaval
- General stress
Sometimes though, it’s not what’s going on in your life that’s making you tired. Make an appointment with your GP. Check your diet – could you be lacking these nutrients?
Vitamin B12 is hard to get into a vegan diet. It’s made by micro-organisms and doesn’t come from plants. Vegans can get B12 in fortified foods such as cereals, milks, meat substitutes, yeast extract and nutritional yeast flakes, or in supplements like the BetterYou B12 oral spray.
You may think you’re getting enough iron in your diet, but did you know you need even more iron when you’re menstruating? I didn’t – and although I was getting enough iron while taking the contraceptive pill (I know this because I had my bloods tested just after stopping), I wasn’t when I stopped and my periods returned. It took about 9 months, but I ended up slightly anaemic and had to revisit my diet.
Luckily, there are loads of vegan sources of iron, including leafy greens, tofu and even dark chocolate! The BetterYou Iron oral spray is a good way to top up your dietary iron, should you need to. Here are some recipes that are full of iron containing ingredients:
Vegan? BetterYou recently launched their Vegan Health spray. As well as B12 and iron, it contains vitamin D and iodine in a single spray. It’s sugar free and the bottle is made from Ocean Waste Plastic.