Daily Energy–Feed Your Cells, Silly!

jump for joyIn college my friends and I used to joke about the fact that we never listened to our bodies. We ate when we were tired, and we slept when we were hungry. As a result, we didn’t have as much energy as we would have liked for, well, doing whatever people did in college [you fill in the blanks with your imagination!].

But it turns out that if you need more daily energy, just feeding your body better food won’t totally deliver what you want. You will feel better, but you won’t get as much daily energy as you seek.

Daily Energy–Feed Your Cells Instead
It turns out that for our bodies to have peak daily energy, we need to not only feed our bodies with the food we eat, but we need to feed our cells as well. It makes sense when you think about it because we are built of a mass of cells.

So what do we feed our cells? What do cells “eat”? Cells need:

  • essential fatty acids (EFAs)
  • proteins
  • amino acids
  • complex sugars
  • vitamins and minerals

In addition, the mitochondria inside the cells, which are the actual producers of cellular energy, need CoEnzyme Q10. CoEnzyme Q10 also can have a positive effect on mood. According to Chris D. Meletis, ND, “The antioxidant coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may possess antidepressant properties, according to a new study published in January 2013… ‘The researchers concluded… CoQ10 may have a potential therapeutic value for the management of depressive disorders.'” And we all know that when our mood is up we have a lot more energy than when on a downer.

Finally, our brain cells need TWICE the energy of regular body cells yet are more difficult to “feed” than regular body cells.  Why? Because brain cells are protected by a barrier called the blood brain barrier, which only allows very small molecules (such as oxygen, hormones, carbon dioxide) to pass to the brain. Other types of small molecules, such as glucose, can also pass through the BBB, but they have to first be paired with the appropriate proteins before they will be allowed to pass. As you can see, trying to feed your brain with the right brain foods that will pass through the BBB is a little more complicated than you might have thought at first. This results in some people’s brains being actually starved for complex sugars, micro-nutrients, and other small molecules that feed the brain.

A Menu from which to Feed Your Cells
So now you know what your cells need to provide you with plenty of daily energy, what’s on the menu? If you want to keep the menu short, simple, and sleek, check out these three simple supplements:

  • Whole cell blue-green algae: Feeds cells on a macro level and provides all the basic “cellular foods.” Anywhere from 1 to 4 capsules daily can make a difference.
  • CoEnzyme Q10: Feeds the mitochondria so it can churn out cellular energy. Adding 1 to 2 gel caps daily can provide the key nutrient mitochondria need to stay active.
  • Core of blue-green algae with cell wall removed: This “stripped down” version of the blue-green algae is small enough to slip through the blood brain barrier to feed hungry brain cells. Taking 1 to 4 capsules daily can help with mental clarity and stamina.

That’s a pretty simple menu of cellular food that will give you plenty of daily energy!

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