Modern life is causing a “human energy crisis” of staggering proportions. This is occurring for many reasons including:
- Approximately half the calories we eat are “empty calories” which have largely been stripped of their vitamins and minerals. For example, 1/3 of our calories come from sugar and white flour. We are routinely seeing obese people who are malnourished for the first time in human history
- The average amount of sleep time per night has decreased by 30% in the last 130 years
- Thousands of chemicals are being released into the environment, with many disrupting hormone function, including thyroid, estrogen, and testosterone
- Many people are exercising less while also getting less sunshine
- Especially important? As we get older, our body’s energy furnaces, called mitochondria, decrease in number and become less effective.
Want more energy? Use these 5 simple tips, and prepare to be amazed!
Tip #1 - Feed Your Body
Eat whole foods when it is convenient to do so. For example, add berries, nuts, and bananas to whole grain cereals for breakfast. Avoid sugary drinks including sodas and fruit juices, and eat the whole fruits instead. Meanwhile, chocolate is a health food, and eating a small amount each day has been associated with a marked decrease in heart disease, while increasing energy. Also, take a good multivitamin high in energy producing magnesium and B vitamins, especially B12.
Tip #2 – Use Your Body
Our bodies have a very simple "use it or lose it" approach to efficiency. Wear a simple pedometer and aim to get at least 10,000 steps a day of walking. Start slow, and work your way up as feels comfortable.
Tip #3 – Rest Your Body
The average night’s sleep was nine hours a night 130 years ago before light bulbs. We are now down to a paltry 6 1/2 hours sleep on average. This is like a 1/3 pay cut to your body. Sleep replenishes the body's energy and heals its muscles. Have insomnia? Many natural sleep aids can be very helpful. A simple tip? The smell of lavender helps you sleep, so try putting a spray or two of lavender oil on your pillow or upper lip before going to bed.
Tip #4 – Follow Your Bliss
If you are living a life you hate, don't expect your body to give you abundant energy. It is too smart to do that. Make a list of the things you do regularly. Have two columns – things you enjoy and things that feel bad. For the "feels bad" column, separate these into "things you will be arrested or lose your job if you don't do" and “things you think you should do”. For those things in the last column, start withdrawing your energy from those and shift your focus to the "things that feel good" activities. You'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel and how your energy will increase.
Tip #5 – Power Up With a Special Energy Nutrient!
Just as modern life supplies unique challenges, it also offers powerful tools for optimizing energy to those who stay informed. This allows us to not only live longer, but to feel very young and vital very late into life. As people live longer, we are seeing them fall into these 2 categories, with some becoming very infirm and others having excellent vitality over time. You get to choose!
A remarkable step forward is a new energy nutrient, called D-ribose, that can powerfully increase energy production. This results not only in your feeling more vital but in other surprising benefits as well!
Improving Energy Production With Ribose
In looking at energy production, it helps to look at the “energy molecules” such as ATP, NADH, and FADH, which represent the “Energy Currency’ of the body. In looking at the biochemistry of these energy molecules, they are made of B vitamins, easily obtained in a good multivitamin, and ribose. Ribose is made in the body in the pentose phosphate shunt, and its production is often a rate limiting step in energy production. Because of that, our research team and many others have been studying its benefits. We have now completed two research studies in over 300 people with very severe forms of fatigue, called CFS and fibromyalgia. These were done at 54 health clinics. The remarkable finding? People showed an average 61% increase in energy after 3 weeks on ribose 5 g 3 times a day. But energy wasn’t the only thing that improved. People also showed a marked improvement in sleep, pain, mental clarity and overall well being.
D-Ribose Accelerates Energy Recovery
D-Ribose (which is what I am referring to when I say ribose) is a simple, five-carbon sugar (known as a pentose by biochemists) that is found naturally in our bodies. But ribose is not like any other sugar. Sugars we are all familiar with are used by the body as fuel. These sugars are consumed and, with the help of the oxygen we breathe, are “burned” by the body to produce energy. Because sugar intake is excessive, it becomes unhealthy. Ribose, on the other hand, is unique, and the body preserves it for the vital work of energy production, as well as in making our genetic material, DNA and RNA.
Two very interesting studies in animals showed how dramatic the effect of ribose could be on energy recovery in fatigued muscle. These studies were conducted by Dr. Ron Terjung, a top muscle physiologist. In their research, Dr. Terjung and his co-investigators found that ribose administration in fatigued muscle increased the rate of energy recovery by 340% to 430%, depending on which type of muscle was tested.
He also found that even very small amounts of ribose had the effect of helping the muscle cell preserve energy, a process known as energy salvage, and the higher the ribose dose, the more dramatic the effect on energy preservation. Especially dramatic is the effect of ribose in Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and other heart conditions, a major cause of death and debility. I’ve seen people who have been given a “death sentence” by their cardiologist, being told that they only have weeks to a few months to live, recover healthy function by using ribose, coenzyme Q 10, magnesium, and B vitamins.
Another very appreciated benefit is a marked decrease in muscle pain, one of the most common causes of discomfort. Like a spring, muscles take more energy to relax than to contract. That’s why after overuse your muscles feel tight – not loose. By restoring energy production, our research showed that pain markedly decreased!
We have found the use of Ribose to be a major step forward in optimizing health. It is part of my daily regimen and helps me to have abundant energy.
Are you ready to have a high energy life that you love? You can!
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is Director of the Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Practitioners Network and author of the popular free iPhone & Android application “Cures A-Z,” and of the best-selling books From Fatigued to Fantastic!, Pain Free 1-2-3—A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now, and Beat Sugar Addiction NOW!
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