Who wouldn’t like more energy? Or are you one of the lucky ones that has tons of it? If so then please share your secrets below! For those of us that need a few more tips on how we can increase our energy levels read on.
Although I like to exercize, I am not someone who gets more energy from it. Instead it makes me tired. Of course it also destresses me, keeps me fit so it has a lot of benefits but I’m always looking for ways to increase my energy levels. One book I came to consult is a book by Sandra Cabot which is called Boost your Energy. It’s already quite old, but here is what I have learned from this book and how it has helped me.
How is energy produced?
The mitochondria in our body turn food into cellular energy (which is a chemical called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) through a process called the Krebs cycle. The more ATP you can produce the more energy you will have. Various nutritional co-factors are required in the krebs cycle such as lipoic acid, B vitamins, L-carnitine, magnesium and others. These co-factors can be obtained through diet or supplements. The Krebs cycle accounts for about 75% of our energy.
Another way for the cell to produce energy is acaerobic metabolism, which means that the cell converts sugar into lactose. This is a less effective way of producing energy.
If the mitochondria are not working properly the cell may be forced to rely too much on anaerobic metabolism and a build up of acidic waste products may occur which can lead to fatigue or sugar cravings. Therefore, it is essential to keep the mitochondria working properly.
How can we make sure that mitochondria are kept happy to do their important work?
The right diet
What you eat is more important than how much you eat. Make sure you listen to your body as we are all different. The key is not to overload the liver with too many saturated or processed fats, sugar, pesticides or artificial chemicals.
What can help:
- A liver toxic powder (should contain herbs like dandelion, st mary’s thistle, globe artichoke and the animo acid turine)
- high energy foods: raw fresh fruit and vegetables, cooked vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, spirulina, seafood, eggs (never fried) unprocessed grains, dried fruit, legumes, chicken, lean fresh meat
- Essential fatty acids: found in fish, fish oild, avocados, butternuts, corn oil, legumes, seed oils, raw nuts, raw seeds, olives, cold pressed oive oil, evening primrose oil and seaweed
- LSA: this a a powder that you can easily make and sprinkle over your breakfast or other meal. It’s a mixture of linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds. (it can be found on page 72 of the book).
- Iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of chronic fatigue and can be helped with supplements of organic iron and spirulina.
You can also check out this list of great foods for weight loss and energy.
The right supplements can help give your energy a boost. Here are some of the supplements recommended in the book.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Essential fatty acids
- Beta Carotene
- Vitamin B complex
Instead of buying them all separately, you can also get the very good multisupplement from ExtendLife.
Nurture your inner self
Mental and emotional stress can exert a chronic drain upon our energy and well-being. One of the greatest energy drainers are our own negative thoughts. Try to find ways to banish and reject these negative thoughs and memories from your mind. One way to do this is to connect with your own breath. I also find yoga very helpful to connect with my breath and positive inner self. You can also try to do a daily yoga class online at yogatoday.com.
The fatty membranes of the mitochondria can be damaged by virusses, toxins and free radicals or incorrect diet. Ways to prevent this is to have sufficient anti-oxidants (vitamins A, C, E, and selenium) and essential fatty acids)
Things to avoid:
- cigarette smoke
- artificial sweeteners
- unhealthy fats
Although I sometimes feel that exericizes make me feel more tired, it is the art of doing it regularly that makes a real difference. Exercize will make you fitter and stronger and eventually will give you more energy. Try yoga, pilates or try to get your 10,000 steps a day.
Inbalance in the production of hormones can lead to sluggish metabolism and fluctuating energy levels. You can do a blood test to see if your hormones are within the normal levels. Some of the things that will be tested are your t4 and t3 levels which indicates the activity of the thyroid. Low thyroid activity can lead to feeling excessively cold, fluid retention and fatigue. In the early stages of underactivity of the thyroid gland nutritional supplements like selenium, vitamin E, C, kelp and essential fatty acids can help to stimulate the thyroid.
Other things that you can get tested for are DHEA, cortisol, progesterone, testosterone and oestrogen levels. Progesterone levels (the “happy hormone” as it makes women feel contented and relaxed) can be stimulated by plenty of vitamin E and essential fatty acids, vegetables and fruit, legumes, and raw nuts.
I have found this book quite helpful in understanding all the factors that can contibute to boost your energy. It explains all the various hormones that play a part, gives a list of nutrients to target and provides several recipes. Of course you will need to consult your doctor to devise a plan that is right for you.
Sandra Cabot has written many books on this topic so if you would like to read one of them, then please select from the list below. If you have your own boost your energy success story or know of more recent excellent books, then please share it below!