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5 effective ways to increase your energy

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Are you feeling sluggish and struggling to do things? Are you tiring easily and wishing you could do more? Do you want to have more energy?

There are solutions.

Our body produces energy in the form of ATP (Adenosine 5′-triphosphate), the principal molecule that stores and transfers energy into our cells. As such, it is often called the “energy currency” of our cells. ATP is generated in bean-shaped structures within our cells called mitochondria.

Mitochondrial support sustains energy production and reduces symptoms of fatigue. Low energy and fatigue are often correlated with other health issues such as muscular pain, sleep & cognitive issues, IBS (irritable bowel disease), anxiety & depression. 70% of ATP is used by the brain, which explains the strong correlation between mitochondrial dysfunction & neurodegeneration.

As such, it is essential to support our mitochondria to achieve optimal vitality, energy and wellbeing.

How to support your mitochondria to have more energy

  1. Reduce factors affecting mitochondrial production such as stress & toxins (oxidative damage), certain drugs (statins, NSAIDs, antibiotics…), alcohol, caffeine, smoking, high intake of simple carbohydrates or sugar (white pasta/rice/bread, cakes, cookies, ice creams, takeaways, processed/refined foods) poor in nutrients. The inflammation they cause leads to damaged mitochondria causing low energy & fatigue.
  2. Ensure adequate sleep with 7-9h per night of restorative sleep. Sleep allows healing & repair essential for all bodily functions.
  3. Eat a diverse anti-inflammatory diet rich in fibre, fruits & vegetables, omega-3 fats (in the form of oily fish, nuts & seeds, olive oil) and low in simple carbohydrates and/or sugars.
  4. Exercise: 15-20 min, 3 to 5 time per week (increase progressively if starting from scratch)
  5. Drink plenty of water: at least 2L/d

By supporting your mitochondria, you allow your body to produce more ATP which is the energy currency of our body. So look after your mitochondria and you will have more energy!

If you are suffering from energy issues, we recommend you consult with a Nutritional Therapist. You can get in touch with me here or call me on 07788 444 199.