A wish for more energy is one of the most common complaints to doctors. Yet, the medical community has very little to offer when it comes to rebuilding the energy production system of the body.
Nutritional balancing, focuses on raising the body’s adaptive energy level by restoring excellent health. Restoring one’s energy is basically a process of restoring the correct minerals in thousands of enzyme binding sites, and it is a matter of balancing and strengthening body chemistry.
REST AND SLEEP
Most people do not get enough rest! Without this, you will never fully overcome chronic fatigue and have the best energy possible. This is such as basic lifestyle factor that it is so often overlooked, even by natural health practitioners. Sleep 8 to 10 hours every day and nap often when possible.
BALANCING THE OXIDATION RATE
The oxidation rate is like the tune of your engine. If an internal combustion engine is running too slowly or if the fuel-air mixture is too rich or too lean, the engine will not run correctly and the power output drops precipitously. If you are pedaling a bicycle in the wrong gear, either too slowly or too fast, your power output will diminish greatly and you will become tired much faster as a result. This is why bicycles have gears. In our bodies, the shifting of the gears is done by changing the parameters of metabolism to balance the oxidation rate. This keeps the metabolic “engine” running at its optimum speed and adjustment. The importance of this concept cannot be overemphasized. The oxidation rate is highly dependent on many factors, among which are the activity of the thyroid and adrenal glands. The adrenals increase the available fuel, while the thyroid helps “ignite” the fuel, acting like sparkplugs.
A Slow Oxidation Rate Many people are tired because their thyroid glands and/or their adrenal glands are nutritionally depleted, toxic and therefore underactive. Medical doctors and even natural healers often give thyroid hormones and even adrenal hormones for this condition. I strongly advise people to try nutritional balancing first. In most cases, replacement hormones are not needed and actually slow the deeper process of rebuilding the thyroid and adrenal glands.
A Fast Oxidation Rate An opposite condition can cause fatigue as well. Some people who are tired are fast oxidizers. Their thyroid and adrenal gland activity is excessive. Like a bicyclist pedaling too fast, these individuals use energy inefficiently and become tired. These individuals are often lavish in their expenditure of energy, and accomplish much as long as their energy holds out. However, they often run on nervous energy. They may have excellent energy for a time, and then suddenly become exhausted. When they become tired, they are attracted to stimulants, alcohol or other artificial means to sustain their energy. Part of the task in correcting energy usage in a fast oxidizer is to even out their use of energy. Through a proper diet of more fats and oils, and a few correct nutritional supplements, these individuals can be helped to become 'long distance runners' instead of 'sprinters' who become exhausted quickly because they expend their energy too rapidly.
THE ENERGY PATHWAY
Like the automobile, the body has a fuel system. Each step of the system must be operating well for high energy production. In the body, the system begins with the ingestion of 'fuel' foods, which are primarily starches and fats. Protein may also be burned for fuel, although this is inefficient and toxic. This is one problem with very high-protein diets over a long period of time.
Food Intake And Eating Habits Food must first be digested, which includes eating in a sitting position in a relaxed manner, and ideally sitting for 10 minutes or so after eating to allow digestion to begin. It also includes adequate chewing of food, avoiding drinking large glasses of water or worse, other beverages, with the meal because these tend to dilute the digestive juices needed to digest the food.
Stomach Digestion Once the food enters the stomach, it must there mix with stomach acid and enzymes such as pepsin and chymotrypsin. This is a critical phase of digestion. It is often hampered by drinking too much liquid with meals and/or weak production of stomach acid and stomach enzymes.
Intestinal Digestion Eventually, proteins are broken down into amino acids, starches are broken down to simple sugars, and fats are broken down to fatty acids. These must be absorbed adequately in the small intestine.
Many people have something called leaky gut syndrome or other intestinal ailments of which they are unaware. These can hamper adequate nutrient absorption. This is why when we give supplementary vitamins and minerals, for example, we have to give doses much higher than that which is normally needed.
Absorption Into The Liver And Nutrient Conversion Once food is absorbed it passes directly to the liver, not to the entire body, as some teach. The liver stores some of the sugars and fatty acids and converts some of them to other forms and structures such as proteins and cholesterol. The liver in most people, does not function optimally, although blood tests may indicate “normal” liver activity. The main reasons are two:
1. The liver is quite toxic due to the intake of too many toxic metals, toxic chemicals, food additives and toxins generated by fermentation or putrefaction of food in the intestines.