We all lack energy from time to time and feel as though we’re not performing at our best. Energy drinks - full of caffeine and sugar - are cleverly marketed to us a quick fix to get us through this slump. Of course these aren’t a long-term solution. All you’ll do is raise your blood sugar only to have it crash back down again. So we have more caffeine and the cycle begins…
For sustained energy what’s needed is a mitochondrial boost and the best thing is that it’s really easy to do.
What are mitochondria?
Mitochondria are the small molecules inside our cells that produce energy (as adenosine triphosphate, or 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.
How do we ‘boost’ these mitochondria?
It’s simple. Eliminate sugary and white flour-based products from your diet. The empty calories in these foods are lacking in the nutrients needed for healthy mitochondria.
Eat a rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables every day. If you can try and eat a variety of colours of fresh produce you’re giving yourself the best chance of getting the right balance of nutrients.
Think green: wheatgrass is incredibly rich in all B vitamins, magnesium and it contains 91 minerals and 21 of the 24 amino acids our bodies need for optimum health.
Think red: beetroot is such a good energy booster that athletes often use it as part of their training diet. It contains folate, a B vitamin needed by our cells to divide and regenerate.
Think white: onions and garlic contain sulphur, vital for mitochondrial health.
What else do mitochondria need?
Mitochondria need the entire range of B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, zinc and sulphur. 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. After 50, our bodies struggle to make coenzyme Q so it’s vital we eat food such as herring, free-range chicken, seeds, broccoli and cauliflower which are all rich in it.
✓ Eat high-quality protein in the form of fish and white meat.
✓ Reduce your pesticide intake. Poisons in our bodies can dramatically reduce our energy and wellbeing - use organic food and vegetables whenever you can.
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