Full Tanks. That’s what we all want!
As gas fills our fuel tanks, food and oxygen “combust” to produce ATP - our body’s own “fuel.” A full tank gives us enough energy in a day for our families, our work, our hobbies, our recreation and our play. We all want to reap the benefits of hard work, be refreshed through our love and service to others, and play just as hard as we work. Feeling like we are running on empty all the time takes a toll on our daily productivity, drains our brain, dulls our relationships and kills our joy.
Symptoms of low energy production in the body: fatigue, restlessness, memory loss, pain, depression, weight gain, moodiness, low libido, rapid aging, “sickly” skin and various illnesses. The trillions of mitochondria in our body are the powerhouses for ATP production and they are very sensitive to damage. What damages these ATP powerhouses? Oxidative stress from toxic overload, all types of infections, food or environmental allergies/sensitivities/intolerances, stressors of all kinds and poor quality foods (not really foods at all). These insults (most especially poor food choices) when combined with oxygen in the cells create free radicals which cause oxidation. Oxidation is the process that rots an apple, rusts a car and destroys mitochondria. Our goal is to protect the mitochondria as well as feed, hydrate and oxygenate the body in the best ways possible.
SIMPLE WAYS YOU CAN "UP" YOUR GAS
TOTAL ELIMINATION OF PROCESSED FOODS
In general, almost every “food” that has a label (almost all foods NOT on the perimeter of a grocery store) is processed in some way. Avoid products that have labels containing long ingredient names or too many ingredients. Start by avoiding sugar, artificial sweeteners (Splenda-chlorinated sucralose, Acesulfame potassium, Aspartame, Neotame, Saccharin or Sucralose), sodas, fast foods, junk foods, white flour, wheat flour, soy and high fructose corn syrup. These are not foods … they are chemicals!
EAT WHOLE FOODS
If you are not vegetarian or vegan, I would recommend checking out Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. The Paleo diet is an excellent lifestyle for those of us who do eat animal foods. To begin your whole foods journey, focus on “clean” meats/fish, raw dairy, vegetables (raw and cooked), fruit, nuts, seeds, whole grains (will say “whole” then the grain name … also, steel cut oats, bulgur, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and millet), legumes and natural sugar alternatives (raw honey, maple syrup, xylitol, stevia, monk fruit and coconut crystals).
As supplements: dehydrated greens (Ultimate GreenZone-powder or capsules), green and yellow pea protein with various gluten-free, non-GMO plant foods (Love and Peas orNature’s Harvest shake powders), omega 3 fatty acids from fish oils (Super Omega 3s), an antioxidant drink from mangosteen fruit (Thai go) and …
ADD SUPER FOODS
As foods: goji berries, cacao powder or nibs, kale, chia seeds and hemp seeds.
As supplements: blue-green algae (Spirulina), Bee Pollen, and Liquid Chlorophyll.
Usually most people overeat because they are undernourished in spite of their continual overconsumption. When our bodies do not receive adequate nutrition, the satiety (feelings of fullness) centers of the brain do not shut off. Overeating is destructive to our digestion and elimination, our mitochondria and weight.
RID YOUR SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT OF ALL TOXINS
We certainly cannot control factory pollution, genetic modification, how our animals are treated, how our crops are grown and processed, nor the many hidden insults to our air, water, building materials and food. But, we can control our immediate environment. Because we spend a majority of our time in the home/workplace, sick or toxic homes/workplaces are worse for us than what is found outside the home/workplace. Substitute perfumes and colognes with essential oils. Toxic cleaning products with natural ones. Public water sources with glass bottled water or water purifiers. Air fresheners with essential oil diffusers and sprays. Avoidance of known GMO foods (a 5 digit PLU# beginning with an 8). Dry cleaning - air it out before bringing it into the house. Laundry products with natural ones. House air purifiers.
GUT THERAPY - THE 4 R's
RID the gut of invaders such as bad bacterial overgrowth, excess stagnant stool, yeast and parasites. This can be done with fibers (Nature’s Three orLOCLO), colon and liver cleansing herbs (CleanStart or Tiao He Cleanse), sufficient hydration, juicing or blending fruits and vegetables, and direct antimicrobials (Silver Shield, Echinecea/GoldenSeal, VS-C orOlive Leaf Extract).
REPAIR the gut lining with soothing herbs (Aloe vera, Slippery Elm orMarshmallow), l-Glutamine and Omega 3 essential fatty acids (Super Omega 3s).
RESTORE the good bacteria (Probiotic 11) and include prebiotics to “feed” the probiotics (Chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, Dandelion greens, Garlic, Leek, Onion, Asparagus, Wheat bran, Banana, LOCLO).
REPLACE with digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid (Food Enzymes with HCl or plant-based Proactyzyme)and Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salts. This will replenish deficient digestive enzymes and help build bile salts.
REMOVE ALL AGGRAVATING FOODS
Almost all people who come into my practice have adverse reactions to sugar, wheat and processed foods. These three foods are to be removed from the diet immediately. Next, many people need to do a 21-Day elimination diet of one or more of the following foods: dairy, eggs, peanuts, soy, corn and nightshades. After 21 days, add them back in one by one and see if there is any adverse reaction every three days. Adverse reactions to foods (food sensitivities or intolerances, NOT allergies) are joint or muscle pain/inflammation, moodiness, headaches, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain/cramping, focus/concentration problems, brain fog, skin issues and behavioral problems. A normal allergy test is testing the body’s IgE response for true allergies. Contact me for more information regarding an IgG test for food intolerances and sensitivities that may be the cause of your health concerns.
Three simple ways to deal with inflammation are hydration, balancing the body’s pH and natural anti-inflammatory herbs. Purified water should be consumed at half the body’s weight in ounces. Add Solstic Energy for a boost of B vitamins and energizing herbs. Most Americans are more acidic, so anything to balance the pH will help to decrease the inflammation. Add chlorophyll, lemon, cucumber or apple cider vinegar to water. Eat green vegetables raw, cooked, juiced or blended. Curcumin BP with black pepperis a great way to decrease inflammation anywhere in the body. Finally, Super ORAC combines green tea leaves, mangosteen pericarp, turmeric root, quercetin dehydrate, resveratrol, apple fruit extract, açai (acai) berry concentrate and selenium for an excellent anti-oxidant formula to protect and build the mitochondria used for ATP production.
The most important thing I learned about exercise for energy is that interval training, which is more cardio in nature, will increase the effectiveness of the mitochondria while strength training will increase the muscle and the number of mitochondria.
All great things come with hard work. There is no “magic bullet” supplement or energy drink for increasing your energy. There are women in my current holistic weight loss class (In.Form) who have experienced increased energy, better sleep, balanced moods, weight loss and more joy in only three weeks of following these steps. Before you start, fill out an Energy Questionnaire (available at Nature’s Remedy). After four weeks, fill it out again … and notice the differences! Not only will you see changes in your energy but also your moods, mental faculties, skin, respiratory tract, digestion, elimination, sleep, pain and weight. Here’s to Upping Your Gas and enjoying a more full life!