Lynn McIntosh, RNCP
The human body is a highly efficient battery and power generator. It can reach peak performance levels for lengthy periods of time on very little fuel.
The human body is a highly efficient battery and power generator. It can reach peak performance levels for lengthy periods of time on very little fuel. That’s more than you can say for a Lamborghini! So how do we keep our engines running at peak performance? In this high-tech world it is time to look at a low-tech solution.
Your body needs natural foods for energy. High-energy foods are the same pesticide-free, natural, fresh items our ancestors ate. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains–the very things we often avoid or replace with poor quality foods.
Before we add energy boosters, we have to get rid of our energy stealers. The three major culprits are caffeine, sugar and white flour.
Common Energy Stealers
Are you one of the typical North Americans who stumble to the kitchen every morning to grab that first cup of rocket fuel? Most of us drink coffee to get us going, but since coffee strips our bodies of essential minerals, it ultimately steals our energy. Caffeine is like putting your foot on an accelerator–the energy you think you are getting is really a drug-induced high! Caffeine throws the body into a state of confusion, causing more stress and leaving us hyper, shaky or exhausted.
The other energy stealers, sugar and white flour, are often partners in crime. That donut may taste good, but it will let you down fast. You may first feel a burst of energy as it causes your blood sugar to rocket, but then your pancreas must work overtime to clear the sugar from your bloodstream, causing your sugar levels–and your energy–to crash. Eat too many sugary and starchy snacks and, over time, you’ll exhaust your pancreas and adrenal glands and find yourself in a perpetual energy slump. These energy stealers also put you at risk for developing hypoglycemia, diabetes and heart disease.
Top Up Your Fluids
Just as flushing your car systems is part of a tune-up, you need to continuously flush your body systems with water for peak performance.
To calculate how much water your body needs, just divide your body poundage in half. This figure is the number of ounces you should drink daily to keep your body hydrated.
Juicing is an excellent way to cleanse and fuel your body. If you have a tough time eating your 10 daily servings of fruit and veggies, try drinking them. Freshly blended juice from raw, organic produce contains the most digestive enzymes, giving you maximum nutrient absorption. It is the perfect high-octane fuel, helping rid the body of accumulated toxins and setting up a healthy cycle of nutrition and excretion. You may experience a healthy "lift" of vitality as your cells become free of congestion and your blood sugar levels become stabilized.
Easy Energy Boosters
By making changes in our diet, we can energize our bodies and even eradicate most of our day-to-day health issues such as obesity, skin disorders, thinning and weak hair, weak nails, yeast infections, bowel disorders, diminished muscle mass, wrinkles and low sex drive.
Remember, when in doubt, eat like our ancestors. Then you’ll have the energy to zoom through our modern world like a high-performance racecar instead puttering through it like a broken-down station wagon!