Some valuable tips for All Day Energy
By Brett Yokley
Lack of energy is the #1 health complaint in America today.
The growth of chronic fatigue and constant tiredness as a health complaint has paralleled the growth of obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Less than a hundred years ago these problems were rare; today they are epidemics.
How did tiredness and chronic fatigue become so acute and widespread? We were designed by nature to have abundant energy; obviously something has changed. What can you do to dramatically increase your energy and feel better than ever before?
These 2 factors have a massive influence on your day-to-day energy level:
1.) Bad food choices
2.) Oxygen transfer on a cellular level
1. ) Your food choices have a profound effect on your energy level.
Simple everyday foods that Kill your energy are candy, junk food, snack foods, crackers, chips, brownie, soda, snack cake, and so on. These are all simple sugar carbohydrates.
It is a common mistake to think that all carbohydrates give you energy or make you healthy.
Most Carbohydrates stimulate an immediate rise in blood sugar which gives you a momentary charge of energy, but then insulin is released from the pancreas to lower the rising blood sugar and your energy drops.
Insulin not only lowers the rising blood sugar, it lowers it BELOW where it was before you ate the candy, soda, snack cake, this results in a serious “energy low.”
When that low hits, the usual response is to reach for another brownie, soda, snack cake, or hand full of chips or jellybeans. The result, more glucose, more rising blood sugar, another insulin response, a new energy low, and so goes the cycle.
This leaves you feeling exhausted and unable to concentrate.
If you solve the problem by eating something else that quickly raises blood sugar, the cycle just repeats.
Over time, this process results in obesity, food addictions (usually to sweets and/or carbohydrates), chronic fatigue, and can eventually lead to serious health problems.
Carbohydrates can drain your energy in different ways.
Carbohydrates increase serotonin levels. Serotonin is the “sleep hormone”… You’ve probably heard that a warm glass of milk before bedtime helps you sleep. This is because milk is almost pure carbohydrate. After consuming anything high in carbohydrates your serotonin levels increase, you begin to yawn and find it difficult to concentrate on anything except how tired you are.
So it should be clear that your food choices have a GIANT effect on your energy level.
2. ) The better your cell oxygenation is, the higher your energy will be.
Oxygen is an important key to life! You can live without food for weeks and without water for days, but no one can last more than a few minutes without oxygen. Every cell in your body is in constant need of oxygen.
Oxygen transfer is vital to energy.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) play a crucial role in cell oxygenation. Less cell oxygenation means less energy and less energy means chronic tiredness and fatigue.
The EFAs omega-3 EFA (or alpha-linolenic acid) and omega-6 EFA (linoleic acid).
EFAs are no longer abundantly available in the food supply. In fact, unless your diet is extremely rich in cold water fish and raw seeds and nuts you are not getting all the healthy EFAs you need.
75 years ago, prior to the wide use of food processing, EFAs were plentiful in most normal diets; not so today.
- Exercise and deep breathing help oxygenate your blood by increasing the amount of oxygen taken in by the lungs.
- If sufficient EFAs are not present to facilitate the oxygen transfer on a cellular level, it won’t matter how much oxygen you breathe in, it will be under-utilized.
- Today the EFAs are either completely stripped from foods or they are chemically altered through a process called hydrogenation.
One of the primary functions of the essential fatty acids in the human body is to regulate oxygen transfer on a cellular level. It is not just a coincidence that as the level of naturally occurring EFAs in food has declined, complaints of chronic fatigue have risen.
Consuming the proper amount of high quality EFAs on a daily basis will quickly result in enhanced cell oxygenation and a noticeably higher energy level.
Supplementing with Flax Seed Oil is an excellent source of Essential Fatty Acids.
Replace your normal carbohydrate meals with these High Energy Low Fat Snacks.
Luna Bars (High Energy – Low fat)
Blue berries – ½ cup
Raspberries – ½ cup
Black berries – ½ cup
Cherries – ½ cup
Cantaloupe- 1 ½ cups
Casaba melon- 1 ½ cups
Cranberries- 1 cup
Currants- 1 cup raw, red
Figs- 2 med.
Grapefruit, white- 1 whole
Grapefruit, red- 1 whole
I hope this makes a difference in your daily energy levels. I know that it definitely makes a difference to all my clients; I can see a marked increase in their energy levels when their nutrition is correct…and they start losing fat too!
Talk to you soon.
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Senior Fitness Trainer.
Certified Nutrition Specialist.
Owner/BetterBodies Fitness Personal Training Gym.