Taste Success Wellbeing: Energy
Spring has arrived on our doorstep and now is the perfect time to check in with how you’re feeling for the warmer months ahead.
Are you feeling ready to bounce into Spring with energy and vibrance? Or are you struggling with low energy levels and feelings of fatigue?
There can be many reasons why you may be experiencing low energy levels, so in this month’s blog we want to shed light on some of these.
Poor Gut and Liver Function
The gut is an obvious source of potential fatigue. If you have such problems as reflux, bloating, constipation or bowel looseness, there is every chance that the nutrients from your foods are not being digested and absorbed properly, meaning less nutrients to the cells that generate energy.
A good place to start is keeping a food diary, so you can begin to make note of any digestive symptoms that coincide with particular food choices.
The liver processes all the toxins that we absorb during each day, whether they be from foods, the environment or those our own body produces in metabolic processes. If your liver function is compromised, you may be experiencing fatigue.
Fatigue After Eating
This is usually due to one of three things:
o Sensitivity to certain foods (as mentioned above)
o Insufficient production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This leads to a slow transit time of foods, in other words, they sit around in the gut longer than they should. This increases the incidence of bloating and reactions to certain foods, plus contributes to build-up of toxins in the system and a general feeling of stagnation. There is nothing that contributes to ‘foggy thinking’ more than this!
o High simple carbohydrate content of food can spike our blood sugar levels which results in fatigue.
Insulin Resistance, Fatigue and Obesity
When cells are resistant to the effects of insulin, circulating blood glucose is not effectively transported into the cells. The cells are then starved of one of their major sources of fuel for energy production. And without energy, fatigue occurs rapidly.
So, how do you know if you may have insulin resistance?
o There is diabetes, obesity or blood sugar issues in your family
o You have high blood pressure
o You have high cholesterol
o There is heart disease in your family
o You are overweight
o You crave sugars
o You have fatigue
o You experience ‘brain fog’
o You feel agitated or jittery at times during the day
o You have intestinal bloating
o You have daytime sleepiness
o You have low mood or depression
And what can you do about it?
Firstly, have your blood sugar levels checked by your GP or health practitioner. If there are any issues it is important to address these, particularly if there is a history of diabetes in your family. Insulin resistance can lead to diabetes and heart disease.
What about the biochemical situation with fatigue?
Just as we have organs in our body, each cell has it's own mini-organs. One of these is the ‘mitochondria’, which is the main energy-producing organ of the cell – the energy powerhouse.
Mitochondria are responsible for 90% of the energy produced in each cell and defects in mitochondrial function are one of the main driving causes of fatigue. Cells that require large amounts of energy have the most mitochondria, for example your heart muscle cells. Your mitochondria need fuel to produce energy, which comes from the carbs, proteins and fats that we eat.
The most common cause of damage to the mitochondria is oxidative damage, which happens when the amount of free radicals exceeds the amount of antioxidants in our bodies. This can cause the mitochondria to produce insufficient energy for the cell's requirements, resulting in feelings of fatigue.
Your dietary and lifestyle choices play a huge role in decreasing your exposure to oxidation and reducing the damaging effects on your mitochondria.
With the Taste Success programme being packed full of foods that are high in antioxidants, it’s no surprise that many of our clients report an increase in energy not long after starting our programme.
Food is the best place to start to address your energy levels so reach out and contact one of our facilitators today.