Revealed – secrets highly energetic people are keeping from us!

January 14, 2014 by  
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Healthy foodThe food we eat is responsible for our energy levels throughout the day. Eat healthy and you will be more Healing_with_Foodenergetic, active. Same way, eat processed and junk food and you will feel lethargic with not much stamina to do anything. It’s a simple rule yet many fail to follow it which results in a weak digestive system and low metabolism. Dr Anjali Mukerjee, a leading health and nutrition expert who has over 25 years of experience and successfully runs a health and weight loss centre called Health Total, inspires people to eat healthy in her book ‘Healing with Food’. The health expert lists out simple eating tips which can be easily put to practice in real life. Here’s an excerpt from the book. 

My friend Chitra is an architect, a homemaker, an athlete, a voracious reader, a socialite and a globetrotter. It’s surprising how she finds the time and energy for everything. Unlike other people who are ready to flop like a noodle by the time the clock strikes seven, Chitra is raring to go. Despite all her engagements, she seems to have time for her hobbies, her family and her pets as well! Time management is one thing, but the energy she exhibits is simply electric!

We would all like to cram as many activities as possible into our twenty-four-hour day. And for that we require abundant energy.

Energy can be boosted at any age and at any level of fitness. But how does our body get the required supply of energy and what are the factors affecting our energy levels? (Read: 10 unhealthy food items which you thought were healthy)

The source of energy

Our body draws energy from the food we eat. Every time we laugh, talk or lift our hand to wave out, it is due to the combustion of the bread or the fruits we had for breakfast. The ultimate purpose of the food we eat is to supply energy for our current activities. Excess sugar gets stored in the liver in the form of glycogen for future requirements. What we put in our mouth decides our energy level for the day, and for the months to come. If we survive on nutrient deprived, refined, processed, oily, overcooked or reheated food, our energy levels are sure to dwindle. When our cells are deprived of sufficient ‘live’ foods, a constant feeling of fatigue is experienced. Denatured foods affect our digestive system giving rise to health problems like obesity, constipation, acne, rough skin, etc. Low energy states could also mean anaemia (low haemoglobin count), lead to insomnia (sleeplessness), low blood sugar, low blood pressure and hypothyroidism. When you are low on energy you may also get prone to allergies to a number of chemicals in food, dust, particles, preservatives, artificial flavours, colours, etc. One must eat nutrient dense foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole pulses and whole grain cereals. And soon enough, you will find the wind back in your sails.

The power of digestion

Despite having nutrient-dense food, a lot of people fail to churn out the required amounts of energy. This could be because of the sheer inability to metabolise and digest the food. Such a condition causes tiredness and fatigue. The energy that you can derive from food depends on a number of factors namely your digestion, the kind of food consumed, your blood glucose response, your insulin levels, enzyme system and endocrine glands.

Individuals with a good digestion metabolise food more efficiently and enjoy higher energy. But individuals having a poor digestion suffer from weakness and lethargy. Studies show that individuals of the same sex and age, who were put on identical diets, had different energy levels. Energy efficiency is affected by various factors like hormonal imbalances, heredity, ratio of lean muscle and percentage of body fat, stress levels, drugs consumed and climate (hot or cold). Interestingly, such varied responses to food cannot be found among animals. Possibly because animals do not have such varied eating habits as humans do.

How to energise your body

Detoxify your liver: It is the main organ that metabolizes fat and is involved in the cleansing of toxins and purifying your blood. You need to detoxify your liver with the help of herbs and the right foods. Wheat-grass juice is a highly potent liver cleanser. You could consult your herbal doctor for liver cleansing tonics. Some ayurvedic herbs that help in cleansing are bhringraj, kakamachi and kumari. But you need to consult your ayurvedic doctor before taking them. (Read: Top 6 natural remedies to keep your liver healthy)

Improve your digestion: If you have a poor digestion, there is no way that you can feel energetic. You need to improve your digestion by using the right herbs and the right diet. Ayurvedic herbs like suntha, pippli, kutaj and bilva help improve digestion. They promote better assimilation, which leads to better energy levels.

Avoid antibiotics and junk food: If you have been on them, chances are you have insufficient quantities of friendly bacteria in your intestine. Take lactobacillus acidophilus in the form of yoghurt or in supplemental form. It will help you restore the balance and improve the bacterial flora which in turn will boost energy levels.

Take supplements of GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid): They help boost energy. A deficiency of these essential oils also brings about unnecessary fatigue.

Drink adequate water: Most of us seem to forget that most essential non-nutrient: water. We often forget to drink water the elixir of life. Thirst is mistaken for hunger most of the time. Drink at least ten to twelve glasses of water daily. It helps balance electrolytes, cleanse the kidneys and rehydrate our cells. Without sufficient water, the cleansing action is incomplete. (Read: Want to detox yourself? Here’s a sample diet plan)

Have a good night’s sleep: There is no substitute for adequate sleep. No amount of correct food or vitamins can help us feel energetic enough if we are not getting that everyday quota of six to seven hours of sleep.

Avoid stimulants: Alcohol, tobacco and caffeine provide temporary stimulation. They whip the body to work harder and cause chronic fatigue when used over a period of time.

Eat food closest to its natural form: Eat whole grains like jowar, bajra, brown rice, whole pulses, whole fruits, nuts and seeds. Packed with the goodness of nature, they energise the system. When we consume refined food, we are consuming a part of the whole. Stripped of all their nutrients, they hardly provide us with any nourishment.

Control stress: It is said that toxic emotions are worse than toxic food. Needless stress tends to zap your energy. Practice meditation and pranayam to control stress. (Read: Stress, hormones and your health)

‘Healing with Food’ is authored by Dr Anjali Mukerjee and published by Popular Prakashan Pvt Ltd. You can buy the book here

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