By Shane “The People’s Chemist” Ellison
Millions of American’s suffer from fatigue. Their energy levels are so low that they require a pot of coffee to crawl out of bed. When afternoon hits, caffeine rich energy drinks flow freely to keep up at work. By evening, exhaustion sets in and it’s straight to bed – only to repeat the lethargic process tomorrow. This isn’t how the body was meant to operate.
Massive amounts of energy can be had without “fatigue masking” substances. Once possessed, anything is possible. Your energy will be the fuel behind your life’s most important projects, thoughts, creativity and relationships. It’s what the best athletes and entrepreneurs in the world are made of. And to get it, you have to adhere to three energy building requirements.
First, replace carbohydrate consumption with healthy fats three times per day. I’m not talking about heart disease causing-trans fats and vegetable oils. I’m talking about Mother Nature’s energy boosting fats like whole eggs, grass fed beef, coconut oil, seeds, nuts and avocados, just to name a few. Unlike carbohydrates, consuming healthy fat does not cause a spike in the fatigue causing, fat storing hormone insulin. But even better, it exponentially increases the production of a molecule known as ATP. ATP is the master energy and strength producing molecule within the body. The more you have, the better you perform.
A single fat molecule can produce a whopping 129 molecules of ATP. In contrast, if you are not consuming enough healthy fat the body is forced to utilize an inferior source of ATP production – carbohydrates. A single carbohydrate molecule produces a paltry 38 molecules of ATP! Do the math – fat yields more than three times the energy as a carbohydrate!
Second, ensure that your body has sufficient amounts of acetyl-L-carnitine (ACLAR). This essential molecule acts as a chaperone to fat. It works by carrying it to our energy furnace – the mitochondria. Without ALCAR, fat remains stored – usually in the belly – and you grow tired. The best way to obtain this energizing molecule is from your own “internal pharmacy.”
The human body makes ALCAR from the amino acids lysine and methionine. The best sources of these essential building blocks are spinach and whey isolate. Consuming these daily ensures that your internal pharmacy is pumping out plenty of ALCAR for your much needed energy – mental and physical.
The Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics recently highlighted the effectiveness of ALCAR among the elderly. They showed that ALCAR was successful at boosting both mental and physical energy among those over 70 years old.
Finally, replace sugary energy drinks with water, green tea or yerba mate. Each one of these health drinks mobilizes fat into the bloodstream to ensure energy production. Green tea and yerba mate can also boost mood and serve as a great pre and post exercise drink.
As these requirements become habit, expect a life filled with sustained energy. Say goodbye to the highs and lows associated with the use of fatigue masking substances. And regardless of your age, say hello to a new found energy that will fuel success in all areas of your life.
About the Author
Ellison’s entire career has been dedicated to the study of molecules; how they give life and how they take from it. He was a two-time recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant for his research in biochemistry and physiology. He is a bestselling author, holds a master’s degree in organic chemistry and has first-hand experience in drug design. Use his knowledge and insight to look and feel your best in 90 days with his AM-PM Fat Loss Discovery.
Michele Malaguarnera, Maria Pia Gargante, Erika Cristaldi, Valentina Colonna, Masa Messano, Aleardo Koverech, Sergio Neri, Marco Vacante, Lisa Cammalleri and Massimo Motta. Acetyl l-carnitine (ALC) treatment in elderly patients with fatigue. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Received 24 October 2006; revised 15 March 2007; accepted 22 March 2007.