To restore energy you need to restore health!
Written By: Steven Horne
Not having enough energy is a sign of diminished health. You may need help in figuring out what underlying problems are causing your fatigue.
If you don't have a serious health issue (above), read futher below.
Possible solutions to improve energyIf you lack sufficient energy to meet the demands of life, you aren't alone. The National Institute of Health states that approximately one in five Americans complains of fatigue severe enough to interfere with normal daily life. In fact, fatigue is the second most common reason for a primary care medical visit, second only to pain. Energy drinks and caffeinated beverages don't give people the energy they seek. What they do is stimulate the discharge of energy, rather than increasing energy production and storage. Consuming these substances is much like whipping a tired horse to make it go faster. The horse will go faster temporarily, but it will just become more exhausted. So, when people use caffeine and other stimulants to try to boost their energy, they develop deeper and deeper levels of fatigue. The body is essentially 'running on empty' and never receiving what it needs to replenish its 'batteries.
To understand how we can get more energy, we need to understand how the body produces energy. Food is the fuel that contains potential energy for the body. But eating more food doesn't give you more energy because the food has to be converted to energy through the process of digestion and metabolism. If more fuel is consumed than can be converted to energy, the body simply stores it as fat. And, although fat is sometimes referred to as an 'energy reserve,' it is actually a 'fuel' reserve. Metabolism is what converts the (healthy) food we consume into energy. That energy comes in the form of heat and electricity. The body is constantly dissipating heat, but it stores electrical energy and it is this storage of electrical energy that constitutes our energy reserve.
According to Dr. Jerry Tennat in his book, Healing is Voltage, the pH of a fluid corresponds with its storage of electrical energy. An alkaline solution has extra electrons to utilize as energy. An acid solution lacks electrons and will borrow them. The body runs on a slightly alkaline pH, but as electrical energy reserves are reduced, the pH of the body becomes increasingly acidic. Stimulants (like caffeine) deplete these reserves of electrical energy, resulting in more acidic body chemistry and ultimately leading to chronic illness.
Caffeine may be the most widely used drug, primarily because most people don't regard it as a drug. People have been using caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea and sodas increasingly during the last century to try to stimulate themselves. Energy drinks have compounded the caffeine problem simply because they contain even larger amounts of caffeine than coffee or sodas. Not only are adults consuming these beverages in large quantities, they are allowing their children and teenagers to do so as well.
In spite of its innocuous reputation, excessive use of caffeine may cause serious damage to the brain and central nervous system. Consuming large amounts of caffeine regularly can lead to serious health problems. Doctors report that an increasing number of patients come to the ER having consumed three or four energy drinks within an hour (equivalent to 15 cups of coffee). A recent government survey found that from 2007 to 2011, the number of emergency room visits related to energy drink consumption nearly doubled, increasing from 10,068 to 20,783. The largest percentage increase (279%) over the same period was found in people over the age of 40.
Side effects of excessive caffeine consumption can include an elevated risk of developing osteoporosis (caffeine causes the body to lose calcium, resulting in weak bones), rapid heartbeat, arrhythmia, sleeplessness, anxiousness, nervousness, irritability, cold sweats, loss of appetite, nausea and diarrhea. Symptoms of caffeine overdose also include headaches, fever, dehydration and seizures (acute overdose). Caffeine use also interferes with sleep, which means that the body can't effectively recharge its energy through proper rest.
The bottom line is that consuming caffeine is not a good way to boost energy, it merely makes the problem worse. People need to learn to increase energy production and storage, not just energy discharge when we are tired. So, in this article we'll talk about natural methods of increasing energy to improve endurance, stamina and overall health. Read further to learn how you can get the energy you need without resorting to stimulants like coffee, tea, cola drinks and energy drinks.
Support Energy Production
Live foods contain more electrical energy than processed foods. Also, whole foods contain vitamins and minerals, which cells need to extract energy from food. Mitochondria are the 'power plants' cells use to extract electrical energy from food, and without the right vitamins, minerals and amino acids these cellular power plants can't function properly. So, start increasing your energy by eating more fresh (especially raw) fruits and vegetables and less refined sugar, white flour and processed foods. Coffee and energy drinks won't supply energy-producing nutrients, but the following supplements will.
There are many single nutrients that can help improve energy production. One of these is magnesium. Magnesium helps energy production in the mitochondria, but it also helps muscles (and nerves) stay relaxed. Relaxed muscles hold a high amount of reserve energy, and when this energy becomes depleted, muscles become tense. So, if you have tense muscles, don't sleep soundly, and are irritated or stressed by small things, you can probably benefit from taking a magnesium supplement. Most people need about 800-1,000 mg. per day.
Vitamin D3 also helps produce energy in the mitochondria. In one study, mitochondrial function was shown to be depressed in a group of patients with severe vitamin D deficiency. After supplementing with vitamin D3, the same group experienced a 20% increase in ATP production in linear fashion proportional to their vitamin D levels. All patients reported a reduction in fatigue. About 90% of the population is deficient in vitamin D, especially during the winter months. Supplementing with vitamin D3 can boost your energy, strengthen your resistance to infection, and enhance your mood, bone health and cardiovascular function.
B-vitamins (Nutri-Calm) help promote energy, maintain the nervous system, support immune function, and buffer the effects of stress. For this reason, B vitamins are sometimes added to energy drinks. However, it's better to take your B vitamins as a supplement, rather than in a drink loaded with sugar and caffeine.
Support Your Glands
A common cause of chronic fatigue is an imbalance in the glandular system. Here are three of the major issues that drain our energy.
1. Supporting the Thyroid
The most common glandular problem causing fatigue (especially in women) is low thyroid. When thyroid activity is low, the body's metabolic 'engine' sputters and stalls.
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