Problems with energy and fatigue is one the top issues nutritionists see and what we hear about from our clients here at Britt’s when they first contact us. Many people use caffeinated drinks and energy drinks to get through the day. Perhaps you know someone who struggle or you want to improve your energy or prevent an energy slump this autumn?
When energy loss and fatigue continue over many weeks, then it is time to look deeper, as this can stem from underlying problems with poor functioning mitochondria, lack of certain nutrients or deep inflammation.
To reverse the fatigue and feeling better, a mitochondrial boost and clean-up is a very effective way forward.
Mitochondria are the small molecules inside the cell that produce energy (as ATP) from the foods we eat. If our mitochondria are unhealthy, they do not produce as much ATP as our cells need for us to feel energetic and healthy. Our brain, heart and muscles contain the most mitochondria.
3 Must Do steps to Boost your energy and cast off any fatigue symptoms – do a mitochondrial boost and clean-up right now:
- Drop sugary and white flour-based products. Empty calories in these foods do not give you any nutrients and starve your mitochondria.
- Eat plenty of the most colourful vegetables, - wheatgrass is very rich in all B vitamins, Magnesium and it contains 91 minerals and 21 of the needed 24 amino acids.
Beetroot is also really great for energy and athletes often use it in their training. Beetroot contains folates, a B vitamin, which our bodies need for the body's cells to divide and regenerate.
Mitochondria need all the B vitamins and minerals like magnesium, zinc, and sulfur. They also need coenzyme Q and plenty of antioxidants to protect them from the free radicals generated when our cells produce energy in the form of ATP.
The body’s ability to make coenzyme Q declines sharply after age 50, so it is extra important to eat foods such as herring, free-range chicken, seeds, broccoli and cauliflower, all rich in coenzyme Q.
Also, eat high-quality protein from fish and white meat to boost your mitochondria.
- Reduce your pesticide intake.
Poisons in our bodies can dramatically reduce our energy and wellbeing - use organic food and vegetables whenever you can.
In conclusion, health, vitality and a life filled with energy begins with eating greens, sulfur-rich vegetables (onions, garlic, broccoli, kale, wheatgrass) and deeply coloured vegetables such as beetroot and berries. It begins with the food or juices you eat every day!