Why Fuel Your Fire with Food?
Exertion vs. endurance, force vs. focus, and push vs. power – These are just a few of the many expressions of energy. While they are connected by the vitality that fuels them, they differ in their ability to sustain activity. Vital energy is the foundation of all life, and it determines how well we thrive. Short bursts of energy, such as those used to execute a training exercise or complete daily tasks, yield temporary results. But sustained energy is what fuels our engine to reach optimal vitality that supports health, healing, and living our very best life. As we all know, the only constant in life is change, and we need ample energy to meet life with vim and vigor!
So why are so many folks fighting feelings of fatigue? There are various contributors that can lead to such feelings, including:
- nutritional deficiencies
- adrenal insufficiency
- overuse of stimulants
- heart conditions
- environmental toxins
- insufficient sleep
Frequent fatigue is the ultimate energy crusher.1 While it seems the only sensible option is to banish unhealthy situations, polluted environments, and toxic people from your life, doing so may require considerable time and effort. More importantly, there are healthier ways to resolve adversity (an integral part of growth and development) and avoid living as a hermit!
Using Food for Sustained Energy
Let’s take a moment to examine the vicious cycle that has become the American “way” of getting through each day. In healthy individuals, daily activity in itself is not stressful. However, persistent emotional responses to life events can result in chronic stress that exhausts the adrenals by frequently stimulating our fight or flight hormones. Chronic stress responses deplete nutrient reserves, inhibit immune functions, and have a negative effect on protein synthesis and heart functioning.
In response to this depletion, many folks then feel their energy dip and often turn to stimulants (coffee, sugar, chocolate, alcohol, tobacco, etc.). However, these can cause nutritional deficiencies, put even more stress on the over-burdened adrenals, and lead to the crash of energy loss.1 Add to that a poor, high-calorie, pesticide-laden diet with low vitamin/mineral content, and the effort to stop energy from flat-lining by mid-afternoon becomes increasingly difficult.
So, how can you replenish your natural energy sources?
By now it should be obvious that both physical and psychological stress have an intense effect on the body’s ability to flourish. Well, where do we go from here? Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m guessing you want to do so much more than survive each day. Fortunately, functional nutrition can come to the rescue by making a powerful, enduring impact on our health and life. Let’s thrive in 3 steps!
Step 1: Stop Turning to Simple Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates have been touted as the supreme energy source for the body. Dietary guidelines of the past decade have encouraged folks to eat less fat and meat while increasing intakes of carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. As a result, more and more people are besieged with sugar cravings, yeast overgrowth, fatigue, and weight gain. Not Surprisingly, cutting carbs, increasing lean proteins and healthy fats has provided relief for many sufferers with the aforementioned symptoms.
So what is going on here? While some folks may seem to function fairly well with a grain-heavy diet, most individuals experience a host of aggravating symptoms from eating too many foods that the body cannot process properly. High carbohydrate intake leads to high insulin levels which in turn prevents hormones from unlocking fat cells so they can be burned for energy. So the best food sources for sustained energy are those low-glycemic complex carbs, which are digested more slowly, including vegetables and legumes. Processed complex carbs, such as bread, flour products, and processed grains react like simple carbs in the body because they have been processed. Unfortunately, they make up the largest portion of the American diet, but they must be dethroned in the battle to take back our rightful energy!
Step 2: Cut the Caffeine and Become Friends with Whole Foods
Healthy fats from avocados, coconuts, olives, nuts, seeds, and fish provide a superior source of fuel for the body, which supports brain, joint, and heart health. More and more individuals are enjoying the benefits of bringing coconut-derived medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) into their daily diet. MCTs are digested more easily than other fats, and they are stored in the liver for easy energy support. Only 1 Tbsp. daily can provide the following numerous benefits: increased energy, increased fat burning, improved heart health, improved resistance to common bacteria, and improved cognitive function.4 Start your morning with a moringa wellness shot and add 1 Tbsp. of MCT oil as a boost to your day, and banish the caffeine jitters forever.
Step 3: Restore your True Energy
With all this talk of functional foods, proper kudos must be given to the true rulers of our sustained energy storehouse –
nutrient-rich organic foods and low-glycemic complex carbs – in addition to lifestyle and exercise habits that are pro-energy and pro-health. Our beloved Organic Pure Moringa ticks all the boxes for supporting sustained energy through its nutrient-dense profile.
Moringa is rich in B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, and protein just to list a few of the stars in the world of energy production. Magnesium is a mineral that is used in over 300 daily enzymatic actions within the body, and it plays a vital role in energy production. B vitamins help turn food into fuel, transport oxygen throughout the body, and support red blood cell production for healthy muscles.5 Frequent exercise can drain B vitamin levels within the body, but no fear, Organic Pure Moringa is here!
Generate power and endurance by fueling your mornings with Mighty Moringa: Your 2020 Fatigue Hack, and make it a part of your daily regimen. Moringa provides vital nutrients that feed your cells, support sustained energy, and super-charge your life.
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