We all know that we need energy in our bodies to function during our everyday activities, but how many of us know where this energy comes from?
The energy that we need to keep us moving, comes from the food that we eat – but the food first needs to be converted into a form of chemical energy which can be used by all the cells in our body.4,6 The energy source for all our tissues is a chemical known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and although a little is stored in our muscles, most of it comes from the food we eat or supplements.5,7
Food is made up of carbohydrates, fats and proteins and when we digest our food these are broken down into even smaller simpler forms (called glucose, fatty acids and amino acids).6 These are then transported in our blood and are either converted into energy, or stored in our bodies and can be used later when we need it.6 Glucose gives you quick energy and any extra glucose is stored in the liver for later use.6 Fats are used for energy once they are broken down into fatty acids to make cell linings and hormones and extra is stored in fat cells.6 Protein can also be used for energy after they have made the necessary hormones, muscles and other proteins that our body requires.6
Cells in our body require a constant source of energy to stay alive and there are energy systems that our body uses to make ATP for energy.7 Glucose and other food molecules are broken down by controlled stepwise oxidation to provide chemical energy in the form of ATP and NADH.7 Through the production of ATP, the energy derived from the breakdown of sugars and fats is redistributed as packets of chemical energy in a form convenient for use elsewhere in the cell.7
We all feel drained of energy from time to time and there are medical reasons for this (which we won’t cover, but consider a medical check-up to rule anything out), but there are also numerous non-medical energy-zappers that you should be aware of.
Sugar provides energy but sugar is a quick-fix and leads to a slump afterwards. If you do need an energy boost, make sure that that you have a healthy snack that releases energy slowly.8 Make sure that the snack contains some protein as this will keep your blood sugar stable for longer, as well as carbohydrates which will give you the quick boost.1 Food provides us with the energy that we need to function so missing meals and leaving long gaps between eating will also make you feel drained.8
Water is also important in our diets. Most people don’t drink enough water. Being dehydrated and not taking in enough water can make us feel sluggish. Water keeps everything in our system flowing. It flushes out the toxins in the body, keeps us hydrated and keeps our energy levels up.8
Lack of sleep will definitely leave you feeling drained. Many things can cause lack of sleep but one of the more common ones is caffeine. Caffeine will make you feel wired but then leave you tired, as it disrupts the natural sleep pattern, keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep.8 Other things keeping you awake could be stress or anxiety, illness, noise, light, alcohol, anger or depression.8
Exercise is energising and makes us feel invigorated and alive. Exercise energizes us physically, mentally and emotionally and results in the release of feel-good hormones. The less you exercise, the less fit you are and even everyday life becomes more of an effort. In the same breath however, too much exercise is an energy zapper depleting our energy reserves and causes fatigue – you will feel constantly tired and need to cut back.8
Other things that could be causing a lack of energy are stress, lack of self-esteem, spending time doing things you really do not want to do, being disorganised or having clutter around you (looking for things that are lost or misplaced is a huge energy drainer) and having negative people around you.8
If you are feeling drained – take time to look around you and see what could be zapping your energy.
Vita-thion® is an energy supplement for people who want more of the body’s source of energy to keep them going throughout the day. Vita-thion® contains ATP which stands for adenosine triphosphate, and it is considered to be the energy source for our tissues.5 It is found in every cell in our body and stores the energy that we need, to do just about everything we do.5
Vita-thion® is available in Granules, Fizzy Tablet and EXTRA effervescent tablets. The Vita-thion® EXTRA effervescent tablets contain vitamins, minerals and also ginseng. Ginseng is a well-known active ingredient that assists in reducing fatigue, increasing the capacity for work and concentration and enhancing natural resistance and recuperative power.2,9
Vita-thion® Granules can be given to adults and children as young as two years old, dissolved in water and the Fizzy Tablet can be used by adults and children older than 5 years of age – again dissolved in water.1,3 The Vita-thion® EXTRA effervescent tablets are for adults and children from 10 years old.2 These Vita-thion® EXTRA effervescent tablets are especially useful for students, sports people, the elderly, convalescents and post-operative patients.2
Vita-thion® EXTRA does not contain sugar.2 The vitamin C in the effervescent tablets is an antioxidant and helps maintain healthy gums, skin and connective tissue while all the various vitamin B’s help in the conversion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates into energy and keep the nerves functioning well.2 The product contains vitamins A, C and D for healthy skin, hair, nails, bones and teeth, and maintains healthy nervous system metabolism.2
Taking Vita-thion® not only gives you energy to see you through a busy day, but it also helps with the maintenance of good health and vitality2 – something that we all strive towards in our busy lives.
The word energy is derived from the Greek word ‘energeia’ meaning activity.10 There are also activities and situations like studying, working and being a parent, or all three together, that zap your energy – so how can you make sure that your energy flow is topped up to prevent you feeling drained?
It is important to eat breakfast. Breakfast is named this for a reason – you are breaking the fast from when you had your dinner the night before.
Our body uses carbohydrates for energy and proteins help sustain energy when needed.6 Fats make us feel satisfied and all these three should be included in your meal.6 Glucose from carbohydrates, gives you quick energy and any extra glucose is stored in the liver for later use.6 Fats are used for energy once they are broken down into fatty acids to make cell linings and hormones and extra is stored in fat cells.6 Protein can also be used for energy after they have made the necessary hormones, muscles and other proteins that our body requires.6
There are a host of other things that you can do to boost your energy. Experts agree that physical exercise, such as walking, increases energy even though it would seem that it would zap more energy – so get moving and take a walk around the block.11 Dehydration zaps energy and impairs physical performance as well as decreasing alertness and concentration so make sure you drink enough water during the day.11 This is especially important after exercise when your body craves fluids and you need an energy boost.
Another obvious way to increase low energy levels is to take a supplement – these support the cycles in the production of energy. One of these is Vita-thion® which is the only energy tonic to contain ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is the primary source of energy for most functions within the cell.5 Vita-thion® provides sustained natural energy and contains vitamin B1, necessary for the release of energy from glucose and helps the body to turn fats, protein and carbohydrates into energy.1,2,3 Vita-thion® EXTRA effervescent tablets also contains other vitamins and minerals for the maintenance of good health and vitality.2
The food that we eat (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) is broken down to provide energy in the form of ATP, used as fuel for reactions in our bodies, which keep us alive.7 Our body converts food to a common energy currency which is ATP or adenosine triphosphate. ATP is the high energy molecule that stores the energy we need to do just about everything we do, and it is found in every cell in our body.7 It provides the energy for most biological processes.7
All living cells must create order within themselves to survive and grow and this is only possible with a continuous input of energy.12 The ultimate source of energy for living cells is sunlight, captured by plants and stored in carbohydrates.12 Animals get energy from eating carbohydrates and using them in reactions that involve ATP or adenosine triphosphate (which is also found in Vita-thion®).12 ATP is known to be the energy source for our tissues and ATP was first discovered in muscle tissue, by Karl Lohmann in 1929 in Germany.12
Glucose and other food molecules are broken to provide chemical energy in the form of ATP and NADH.7 There are three main sets of reactions – the products of each being the starting material for the next: glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation.7 The intermediate products of glycolysis and the citric acid cycle are used both as sources of metabolic energy and to produce many of the small molecules used as the raw materials for biosynthesis.7 Cells store sugar molecules as glycogen in animals and starch in plants; both plants and animals also use fats as a food store.7 This food store is used as a major source of food for humans, along with the proteins that that are found in the foods that we eat.7
Another obvious way to increase low energy levels is to take a supplement like Vita-thion® which contains ATP. Vita-thion® provides sustained natural energy and also contains vitamin B1, necessary for the release of energy from glucose.1,2,3 It also contains other vitamins and minerals for the maintenance of good health and vitality.1,2,3
Parenting is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, but why is it, that as a Mom, you always feel exhausted? Hello …! You are on duty 24 hours out of every 24, with no weekends or evenings off (unless you take time out and get a baby-sitter in). You are so busy focusing on your children, that you forget to focus on yourself as well, and neglecting yourself is certainly not good for you and it is not good for your children either.
Ideally you should be getting 8 hours of sleep and get up the next morning refreshed – but we all know how unrealistic that is to stop what we are doing and think about a better way to manager our energy, not to add more work hours to our day.
The one way to manager our energy is to look at out nutrition, which is the fuel for out bodies. Ask yourself if you keep a sustainable level of glucose in your blood stream. It is important to maintain normal blood sugar levels – to do this you need to eat every couple of hours
Snacks, like a chocolate bar or cold drink, will give you a short energy burst but also wild fluctuations in your sugar level, which can be rough on your energy level, leaving you more tired than before. Rather eat regular, small, healthy snacks between your main meals.
Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred form of fuel because they can be quickly converted to glucose for energy. Eating a light snack of carbohydrates right before exercise is a good idea for quick energy. For longer-lasting energy, eat protein along with the carbs to slow down the rate at which your body absorbs them. But be sure you don’t include too much fat.13
One important nutritional hint is to not skip breakfast – studies have shown that missing breakfast may lead to a higher weight, increased hunger later in the day and results in poor blood sugar control, which can sap energy.14
Another good tip – water, water, water. Even slight dehydration can leave you feeling tired and lethargic. Make sure you’re getting plenty of fluids throughout the day by having water handy and drinking to quench your thirst.14 The energy-giving nutrients that our bodies need are carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Carbohydrates (sugar and starch) are the body and brain’s preferred source of energy and are converted into glucose to raise our blood sugar levels. Glucose is used for energy but also stored for later use as glycogen and fat. Fats are used for energy after they are broken into fatty acids. Protein can also be used for energy, but the first job is to help with making hormones, muscle, and other proteins.6
If you are feeling tired and need an energy boost – consider taking a product such as Vita-thion®. All forms of Vita-thion® contain ATP which is the source of energy in our tissues and is used for most functions within the cells of our bodies.1,2,3,5 The main message is to get the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, fats and nutrients throughout the day, at regular intervals and in the right combination, to give you steady blood sugars. This in turn will give you steady energy levels and keep you healthy. In other words – eat a healthy diet.
Being a Mom is not easy, and when you have broken sleep night after night getting up for your little one – it is very easy to reach for a quick fix sugary carb snack to get your energy levels up and a glass of wine to relax. This energy burst lasts for a short time only and then you crash, feeling more tired than before.
Many studies show that physical activity boosts energy levels. This means that one of the best ways to improve fatigue and give you more energy is – wait for it… a little bit of exercise! Although almost any exercise is good, yoga seems to boost energy effectively but we don’t always have the time to attend classes like this – so here are some simple easy ways to boost your energy and fight fatigue to see you through the day.11
Regular exercise is better than a nap for boosting energy levels, but it is often daunting and impossible being a busy Mom, to find the time to exercise. Forget the perfect and do what you can do. Say good morning to your body – even if you get up in the dark, start off your day with a few exercises to get the blood pumping as exercise improves the working efficiency of your heart, lungs, and muscles.
If you have very small children – get out with the pram or stroller and take a quick walk around the block. This will be good for you and your stress levels and it will be fun for your children. Pushing a baby and toddler in a pram can be strenuous but is definitely a work out for the body.
Take advantage of playtime with your children and have a race in a nearby park, or roller skate – if it is Winter then stay indoors and play an active Wii game like tennis or put on some music and dance.
You could buy an exercise bike – second hand ones are often available on online stores. Place it on the patio where you can exercise but still keep an eye on the children in the garden. They will love the fact that they can play outdoors and you are still around, and you get a mood lift as well. You could also use the bike while they take their nap, and you spin to music or a DVD.
If you do join a gym and your children are still small – look for one with a crèche. You will not stress about them, get your exercise and ‘’me’’ time and the children will also be able to burn off some energy and make friends.
If you are feeling tired and need an energy boost – consider taking an energy supplement which contains ATP for sustained natural energy, first thing in the morning. Vita-thion® Granules or Vita-thion® Fizzy Tablet also contain vitamin B1 which is required for the release of energy from glucose while Vita-thion® EXTRA contains ATP, vitamin B1 as well as a host of other vitamins and minerals necessary for the maintenance of good health, energy and vitality.1,2,3
Finally when it is time to get some sleep, try to get to bed about one hour early and sit listening to relaxation tracks on an iPod – this will relax you as you wind down after a busy day and you will have a better night’s sleep.
How familiar does this sound to you? You wake up tired, you rush around all day fetching and caring for your family or working. At the end of the day you get home and everyone is excited to see you but you feel exhausted and you still have to prepare dinner. All you really feel like doing is planting yourself on the sofa. Eventually you do get to sink into your sofa but it is too much of an effort to even get up for a glass of water. We have all been there and here are some quick effective ways and things that you can do to give yourself an energy boost during your day:
Don’t skip breakfast – many people dash of to work or school with the thought – ‘who has time for breakfast anyway?’ If you skip breakfast you may find that by mid-morning you are tired. People who eat breakfast report being in a better mood, and have more energy throughout the day.15 Reduce stress and try to deal with feelings of anger because these will leave you feeling drained. Stress can leave you feeling both physically and mentally exhausted. Low but ongoing levels of stress erode energy levels, so over time you find yourself doing less and feeling it more. Counter these energy killers by introducing more relaxation activities into your day.15
Find more reasons to laugh. It’s an immediate way to make yourself feel good. Sharing a joke with friends or finding something genuinely funny is the best way to make the most of laughter. Take a 10 minute break and seek out somebody who will make you laugh.16
Get some sunshine – getting outside can be refreshing. A few minutes of sunlight has physical benefits by helping the body produce vitamin D, which is important for good health. Exposure to the sun also boosts serotonin levels, which can improve mood and help you sleep better at night.16
Take a walk– there is nothing like a brisk walk to give you some energy (and to top it, it is also a healthy habit to get into – or walk up and down some stairs to get your heart pumping.
Are you really getting enough of the essential energy related vitamins from your diet? Taking a supplement would help. Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Nicotinamide (B3), Pyridoxine(B6) and Cyanocabalamin (B12) are all necessary for the body’s production of energy. These vitamins as well as ATP, which is the source of energy for most functions within the cell, are found in Vita-thion® EXTRA – a multivitamin which you take in the morning, to assist with the maintenance of good health, sustained energy and vitality.1,2,3
There is a lot that you can do to boost your stamina, aside from the basics that we all know – eat well, sleep eight to nine hours a night and exercise daily. If you still feel exhausted the whole time, then you should schedule an appointment with your doctor for a full check-up.
Sodium adenosine triphosphate is also known as ATP and it is the source of energy in the tissues of our body. It is the ATP that will give you that extra boost of energy, (along with the B group vitamins in Vita-thion® EXTRA). ATP reduces muscle fatigue and will helps us last longer during the day.1,2,3,4
Millions of people all over the world take multivitamins for better health. A balanced diet is ideal to give you all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs, but very few of us eat correctly every day of our lives and certain groups of people are even more at risk for deficiencies in their vitamin and mineral intake. Experts say that you should eat a well-balanced diet and take supplements to fill in any nutritional gaps
Vita-thion® Granules is an energy supplement supplied in sachets for those people whose energy is depleted and who need sustained natural energy. Vita-thion® Fizzy Tablet is similar to the granules but supplied in an effervescent formulation for those that prefer it. Granules are suitable for adults and children from 2 years of age and the Fizzy Tablet is for adults and children from 5 years of age. Vita-thion® EXTRA effervescent tablets is a multivitamin containing essential vitamins and minerals necessary for the maintenance of good health, energy and vitality. Vita-thion® EXTRA contains ginseng, to reduce fatigue and increase the capacity for work and concentration, are sugar free and suitable for adults and children from 10 years old. All three products contain ATP which is the source of energy for the tissues in our body.4
Thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), nicotinamide (B3), pyridoxine (B6) and cyanocobalamin (B12) are all necessary for the body’s production of energy. The B group vitamins play a vital role in assisting the body with the transformation of fats, protein and carbohydrates into energy. Vitamin B1 maintains healthy nerve function and is required for the release of energy from glucose. Vitamin B12 contributes to the health of the nervous system and is involved in the manufacture of red blood cells.
Vita-thion® Granules energy tonic sachets can be taken by children older than 2 years,1 while Vita-thion® Fizzy Tablet can be taken by children 5 years or older.2 The Vita-thion The Vita-thion The Vita-thion3
Adults can use 1 to 2 sachets dissolved in water at breakfast. Children aged 2 to 5 years: half a sachet at breakfast. Children aged 5 to 15 years: half a sachet at breakfast and half a sachet at lunch.1
EXTRA combines essential vitamins and minerals which are necessary for the maintenance of good health, energy and vitality which can be taken by students, sportspeople, adults and children over 10 years, the elderly, convalescent and post-operative patients. It also contains sodium adenosine triphosphate which plays a fundamental role in biological energy transformation.2
No – Vita-thion® Granules can be taken by children aged two years and older, while the Fizzy Tablet can be given to children from 5 years old and the EXTRA effervescent tablets can be given to children aged over 10 years.1,2,3
Vita-thion® EXTRA effervescent tablets contains ginseng which is not recommended for pregnant women.2 Safety during pregnancy and lactation has not been established for any of the Vita-thion® products and all pregnant women should consult their doctor before taking any medication or supplements.
The Vita-thion® Granules contain sucrose, which is not suitable for diabetics.1 Diabetics can however take Vita-thion® Fizzy Tablet or Vita-thion® EXTRA effervescent tablets. These are sugar free.2,3 If you need any advice – contact your Medical Practitioner.
Ginseng is used to reduce fatigue and debility, increase capacity for work and concentration and to enhance natural resistance and recuperative power.2
Sportsmen and women can take Vita-thion® EXTRA effervescent tablets which contain essential vitamins and minerals for the maintenance of good health, vitality and energy.2 Vita-thion® also contains ATP for natural energy and ginseng for mental and physical performance.1,2,3 No ingredient in Vita-thion® is listed in the World Anti-doping Agency’s prohibited list of 2016 and can therefore be a recommended product for sportsmen and women.18
It is recommended that you take Vita-thion® daily. The Granules and Fizzy Tablet will give you a daily energy boost,1,3 and the EXTRA effervescent tablets will supply your body with the different essential vitamins and minerals to assist the maintenance of good health, sustained natural energy and vitality.2
Vita-thion® is available at most pharmacies and supermarkets including local pharmacies, Dis-Chem nationwide, as well as at the pharmacy/health departments of the bigger stores like Pick ‘n Pay, Checkers and Clicks. You must look in the vitamin and mineral supplement section for the distinctive orange and red packs.
Adcock Ingram, the company that markets Vita-thion®, is based in South Africa. If your pharmacy does not have stock, then request them to order Vita-thion® from their wholesaler.
Folic acid plays a role in the metabolism of cell division and the regeneration of blood and cells.2 Folic acid is a type of B-vitamin – it has multiple effects on the human body and is required for brain functions.19 Calcium helps build and maintain strong, healthy bones and teeth – something that is important for both children and adults.2