The most common complaint that I get from clients is low energy and feeling tired all the time. Have you ever stopped to think about how energy is produced in the body and what the basic building blocks are? If not then read on…
Energy production happens as a result of a series of complex chemical reactions which convert carbohydrate and oxygen into energy within every cell in the body.
These chemical reactions are controlled by enzymes which in turn rely on good sources of certain vitamins and minerals which need to be made available through our diet. So what are the building blocks for energy production?
- B vitamins found in wheatgerm, fish, green vegetables, wholegrains, mushrooms and eggs
- Vitamin C from strawberries, kiwi fruits, oranges, broccoli, peppers, papaya, tomatoes, cauliflower
- Co-Enzyme Q 10 found naturally in seafood and meats and can also be found in sesame seeds, peanuts and walnuts
- Magnesium from nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, buckwheat, rye, green vegetables, cocoa
- Calcium found in cheese, almonds, green beans, tofu, seeds, prunes, dried figs and sardine.
- Zinc from oysters, nuts, lamb, egg yolks, almonds, cashews, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and beef.
Including these nutrients is a good starting point but it’s not the whole picture.
Zinc and magnesium deficiency is very common and it’s easy to see that if you don’t eat much by way of fruit and vegetables then you are going to be short of vitamin C. Further more we can inadvertently lower our status of nutrients through other lifestyle habits e.g. zinc status can be reduced through drinking coffee and alcohol, calcium balance may be affected by the consumption of fizzy drinks.
What cannot be over-estimated in the effective production of energy is how well different body systems are working. To take the example of digestion; if you are not digesting your food properly then you will not be absorbing the nutrients effectively from your diet therefore not providing the building blocks needed for good energy levels. Tell tale signs of poor digestion include indigestion, heat burn, gas, abdominal pain bloating, cramp or discomfort to name but a few and such problems can be assessed at Zing Nutrition and protocols put in place to correct.
Adrenal fatigue, poor liver detox or hormonal imbalance can all massively impact on energy production and can be assessed in a similar fashion to digestive function.
This approach along with an assessment of dietary and lifestyle habits can be a very powerful tool not only in increasing energy and vitality but conquering many other signs and symptoms of ill health… read more