Where Does Energy Come From and How Do You Get More?












Energy! We all want more of it. Often we try to cheat our bad habits and use stimulants like energy drinks to get more, but there is an easier way to get more energy when we leverage our own biology in the little-known world of our cells.

Even though upgrading your lifestyle with optimum sleep, nutrition, and low stress will absolutely have an effect on your energy levels, the secret to more “true” energy lies where your energy is made—within your cells.

The Origins of Energy

The body requires vast amounts of energy just to function, not to mention the energy needed to heal and also thrive. The energy you need comes from each cell, each with its own unique life. Each of these self-contained cells must produce its own energy—cells can’t borrow energy from each other.

Within each cell, tiny power plants called mitochondria generate energy with fats, sugars, and amino acids which are transformed into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an energy-rich molecule sometimes called the “energy currency” of the body.

Almost all biochemical activity in the body needs ATP to provide the energy to catalyze, or start, the biochemical reactions. Every day, your body must produce an astounding half of its own weight in ATP just for normal functioning, and it metabolizes many times your body weight when you engage in physical activity.

Your cells use ATP to fuel their life-sustaining functions. If your cells can’t generate ATP, the body no longer functions and you die. When your ATP production is low, you may feel tired and fatigued even though you are eating well and getting enough sleep. So how do you make sure you are getting enough ATP to power your cells?

Nurture Your Energy Molecule, ATP

As you’d expect, a healthy diet and lifestyle will give you more energy. But because life isn’t consistent, it may be difficult to get steady nutritional support for ATP production from food in adequate amounts on a regular basis. Therefore supplementation may be the best way to help provide ATP production reliably.

All naturally occurring in the body, the most effective of nutritional compounds that support ATP production include:

  • Coenzyme Q10 (“CoQ10”) is an enzyme that not only is necessary for normal functioning of the human body, it is essential to the production of cellular energy and can be both synthesized in the body and derived from dietary sources. As you age, your body produces less CoQ10. Cellular CoQ10 levels peak in your early 20s. Found in food sources like organ meats (heart, liver and kidneys), beef, sardines, mackerel, spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower.
  • Alpha-lipoic acid (“ALA”) not only does it play a big role in the Krebs Cycle—one of the energy-producing functions of the cells—research shows that this incredible compound benefits nerves and eyes, muscle energy, liver function, immune support, blood sugar balance, cellular health, and increases insulin efficiency. Alpha-lipoic acid and CoQ10 also happen to be powerful antioxidants that combat free-radical damage naturally created by energy production. Food sources include organ meats (heart, liver, and kidneys), broccoli, and spinach.
  • Acetyl l-Carnitine is a critical biochemical compound that transports long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria in your cells. Cellular mitochondria are where these fatty acids are used to generate ATP, the metabolic energy for your cellular vitality. It also supports your body’s synthesis of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is critical for learning and memory. The biggest source is found in red meat.
  • B Vitamins act as co-factors—or assistants—in multiple chemical reactions that convert food energy into ATP. They are essential, so if they are not available, the chemical reaction simply won’t happen. Natural food sources include animal products such as fish, poultry, meat, eggs, or dairy.

So when you think, “I need more energy,” remember that energy doesn’t come from stimulants, it comes from ATP in the mighty mitochondria in your cells. Find ways to nurture your ATP production to feel the energy you were meant to have.














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