When we feel like we need more energy, most of us reach for caffeine in the form of a coffee, tea, energy drink or even pop. These are stimulants and although they perk us up, they also bring us down. Stimulants, sugar, refined carbohydrates and stress all contribute to blood sugar imbalance (hence energy imbalance) .They also negatively impact the vitamins we need for energy - the water soluble B Complex vitamins . Many factors can contribute to low energy such as; lack of sleep, inadequate water intake, poor nutrition and lack of exercise. The following outlines three specific aspects to energy production within the body.
Firstly, Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body and myoglobin, a protein that provides oxygen to muscles. Hemoglobin represents about two-thirds of the body’s iron. If you don't have enough iron, your body can't make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Young women and post partum women are particularly at risk for low iron. Vegans may be susceptible also as B12 is necessary for the absorption of iron and this is often lacking in a vegan diet.
Secondly, Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is an energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things. ATP captures chemical energy obtained from the breakdown of food molecules and releases it to fuel other cellular processes. A large amount of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) must be produced by the mitochondria every second of every day because ATP cannot be stored.
Oxidative damage to the mitochondrial DNA occurs over time. This helps explain why people start “losing energy” once they reach around 55 years of age. This damage can occur from various toxins, heavy metals, pollutants, many prescription drugs (particularly Statins and Antibiotics) and alcohol. Some nutrients that offer protective measures from oxidative stress and damage of the mitochondria are; CoQ10, α-lipoic acid, acetyl-l-carnitine, polyphenols, NAC, Superoxide dismutase (S.O.D.)and vitamin E.
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Thirdly, the gut has a huge impact on our overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, when the gut microbiome is compromised, several issues that are directly linked to energy and fatigue may arise. It may lead to the inability to break down food properly so nutrients aren’t absorbed. Good bacteria manufacture some of the B-Vitamins which have specific roles in energy production. Healthy bacteria also communicate with the other cells in the body to help regulate blood sugar and thus, help to avoid fluctuating energy levels. Healthy bacteria in the gut microbiome also help to create and regulate neurotransmitters (like serotonin and tryptophan), the chemicals in the brain and the body responsible for happiness, motivation, and sleep - all the things directly tied to feeling energized. Supplementing with a probiotic is especially important during times of high stress, poor diet or when taking medications or antibiotics.