In the previous two articles I discussed the role of stress management, your mindset as well as sleep and their role in your everyday energy production.
In this final part you will discover how what you eat and your gut health directly influence your energy levels.
I’m certain that you have experiences where you may feel incredibly energised one day and totally exhausted the next. Your energy levels can fluctuate, if you don’t pay attention to what you feed your body.
Every meal is a source of information for your cells.
Everything you consume on daily basis is sending messages to your body.
For optimal energy production you need foods that are high in B vitamins, amino acids, magnesium and Coenzyme Q10 to name a few.
These nutrients are essential for your mitochondria (your power house) to work effectively.
What kind of information do YOU want your body to receive today?
When you opt for a real food diet based on
· seasonal organic vegetables and fruits
· healthy animal protein (grass fed, free range)
· healthy fats (especially Omega 3)
· nuts and seeds
· fermented foods
it will provide the vital nutrients that you need for healthy energy production so you have more fuel to do what you love!
You are what you absorb
They say ‘you are what you eat’ but we need to go deeper and say ‘you are what you absorb’.
In other words, if your gut health is compromised, you will not be able to absorb the nutrients from your food effectively, which can impact your energy levels.
One way that your gut health does get compromised is a typical western diet. Processed foods, sugar, alcohol, conventional dairy & meat produce, environmental toxins in our food supply (herbicides, pesticides etc.), medications, including oral contraceptive pill can cause inflammatory response in your gut and alter the beneficial bacteria also known as your microbiome.
What does your gut bacteria have to do with energy production?
Your gut bacteria play a big role in your wellbeing. They communicate with the rest of your body, play a role in immune response, nutrient absorption and energy production. And that's not all. The research in this area is growing rapidly and we are discovering more and more about the role of our microbiome in our health and wellbeing.
For all the science geeks out there you can find out more on this topic right here.
If you'd love to feel more energised my message is very simple.
Eat real food. You deserve it!