28 Apr 2020
Boosting NAD+ Production Naturally
Overeating, undersleeping, alcohol, and aging. These are all major factors in the decrease of NAD+ in our bodies.
If you’re a mom, a working woman, a working mom, or just a woman in general, these things can feel impossible to not-do. Because, let’s be real, sometimes 8 hours of sleep is a pipe-dream (especially if you have little ones). And sometimes we eat a bit too much. We also drink because red wine with dinner is obviously one of the greatest pleasures of life. And don’t get us started on aging, how the heck are we supposed to stop that? The answer is, we can’t. But, what we can do, is do the best we can. Make conscious choices as much as we can. Give ourselves grace and move forward.
So, if you’re looking to feel a little better, a little more energized, and to possibly help counteract the aging process, here are a few ways that you can help your body produce more NAD+ naturally.
Whatever you do, just get your body moving! Exercise is excellent for your overall health but also causes the body to burn NADH which, in turn, generates more NAD+ in the body. This doesn’t have to be a $50 spin or yoga class, this can mean going on a walk, cleaning the house, or finding a 15 minute HIIT workout video on youtube. If you want more ideas, let us know. We’re experts in fitting-in-a-workout-with-zero-time.
Fermentation uses NADH to produce a property called lactate, which is a byproduct of NAD+. There are lots of fermented food options that you can incorporate into your diet pretty easily. So, drink that kombucha. Dig into that Kimchi!
As always, talk to your doctor. We believe every body is different, so it’s important to check in with a healthcare professional. That being said, when you adopt an intermittent fasting eating pattern, the lowering of carbohydrate and nutrient levels allows NADH to be used up so that more NAD+ builds up. Fasting and caloric restriction can result in higher NAD+. So, give it a try. Ease into it though!
Eat More Fructose
Wait, what? Don’t worry. We are not suggesting high-fructose corn syrup. We are talking about the natural fructose found in apples, zucchini, peas, grapes, asparagus, and more. Fructose is believed to activate Sirt1, proteins which are tied to NAD+ increase through various clinical trials.
Whether you do one of these or all of these, we celebrate that. Step-by-step, we build more sustainable health for now and the future. Give yourself grace and be kind to yourself, your body and mind will thank you.