About Energy

A question most often asked is "How can I get more Energy...or What vitamin gives you Energy?

Not a difficult question, nor an easy one to answer either. It depends on what the person is eating, his sleep habits, his social, medical, and lifestyle.

This question is most often asked by[pointwmn.gif] women--and there may be a reason for this lack of energy, even if they are not doing hard physical or mental work as a carrer woman; or, they are. It doesn't seem to matter.

But first, some basic facts are in order. Energy comes from food, no ifs...ands...or buts.... That's it. Energy is derived from foodstuffs and the way they are burned in the body. The effeciency is mandated as to what vitamins and minerals are present in the biological system at the time food is burning (oxidizing and reducing) as cofactors, most often, to produce the necessary enzymatic systems to get the heat energy out of foods to drive the metabolic machinery to produce a healthy system.

High and quick energy foods are carbohydrates and simple sugars, such as beans, rice, potatoes, breads, and pastas. Simple sugars are glucose, fructose which are derived from sucrose, table sugar, and fruits and honey..

Other foods high in energy are fats and oils as found in seeds, nuts, meats, and the like.

If you are not eating; or, on a fast; or diet that is not balanced-deficit, then you are going to get some or all of your energy to function, from your own body--stored sugar (glycogen), fat, or muscles. Actually, you are going to get it from all of these. A good diet spares muscle tissue and supplies vitamins and minerals. To get it from muscle tissue is a waste of a valuable resource of the body.

However, in order for the body to get heat energy out of the food, it needs vitamins and minerals from the foods themselves or some exogenous source, as in vitamin and mineral supplementation.

Most people are led to a false energy--energy that is already coming from a tired biological system and the process of getting it is like "beating" a tired horse to run more. It will keep going, but only with dire consequences in the end. Things recommended for this type of energy are Ma Waung, Caffeine, Ephedra, and other type of stimulants. It's advisible to take these only occassionaly if necessary.

To do so regularly is to weaken a biological system more. Eventually, work, play, thinking, and efficiency suffers.

So...what's one to do?

With the advent of osteoporosis publicity a few years back, women began taking calcium. And here's the difficulty in this. Calcium needs to be taken in a ration of 2:1--calcium to magnesium. That is to say, if you get 1000 mgs of calcium in supplemental form, then you need half to a little more than half that amount in magnesium, from anywhere of 500 to 700 mgs of magnesium.

If this demand is not met, then the body gradually starts losing more calcium if excess magnesium is taken in, along with magnesium. And, if too much calcium is supplemented, then one can lose magnesium, and with it goes a portion your calcium already present in the body.

New research now indicates that the cost of too little magnesium in the diet is aother big cause of low energy. That's right! Low energy such that efficiency suffers in work, play, or mentation.

With little magnesium in the diet or excess calcium in the diet, then a balance is thrown off and the biological organism must work harder to produce work, whether it be mental, physical, or just mild activity. The spark to life is gone.

The soulution is to get more magnesium through supplementation or eat 3-5 servings per day of magnesium-rich foods such as greens and grains.

Magenesium does the following in the body:

  • Plays a major role in regulating the enzymatic activity as to how well the body converts food-stuffs into energy.
  • The FDA says women need approximately 280 mgs per day and men 350 mg. However, if you are taking supplements, such as calcium, then you need to follow the ratio of 2:1, calcium to magnesium. ...And, according to Henry Lukaski of the Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, N.D., the majority of adult male and female population do not eat the recommended allowance of this mineral, magnesium.

  • The research scientist tested his hypothesis on women, and this is what he found:
    1. On a low-magnesium diet, for a given amount of work performed:

      • They consumed more oxygen.
      • Their hearts beat nine beats per minute faster.

    2. On an enriched-magnesium diet, for the same given amount of work performed:

      • They consumed less oxygen.
      • Their hearts beat nine beats per minute slower.

    Therefore, the conclusion can be drawn that when taking magnesium, for the same amount of work, one expends less energy and has to work less hard, which extropolates to less exhaustion for the same amount of work on a low-magnesium intake.

    So, increase your intake to 3-5 servings per day of dark leafy green vegetables and cereals. But, if you are worried about getting too many calories and the resulting weight gain; or, you can't eat that much, then your best bet is to take a calcium supplement that is balanced with magnesium in a 2:1 ratio.

    We also suggest you take coenzyme Q10 (CO-Q10), NADH (5-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), L-carnitine, and alpha-lipoic-acid.

    These substances support the nutritional and enzymatic output for energy from the mitochondria of the body.  The mitochondria are the power plants of each individual human cell. Its job is to produce energy via and utilizing ATP--a high energy compound.

    You can get these products at:

    • Health Food Heaven
    • 3515 Fannin St., Ste. 104
    • Beaumont, TX 77701

    Send a stamped self-addressed envelope for prices on above items and receive a 15% discount if you purchase all four (CQ-10, NADH, L-carnitine, Alpha- lipoic-acid.).

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