Energy to Burn… Stop Fatigue Now!

Want more energy?  You see it time and time again on TV, hear it on the radio, read it in the newspapers – we are suffering a chronic fatigue epidemic!  It’s bad enough that we are suffering an obesity epidemic but chronic fatigue or “under-energy” is running a close second to our “over-fat” problems.

What’s really the problem here and why is it getting so out of hand so quickly?  More importantly, what can you do about it if fatigue is smothering the quality of your life?  For one thing, you can begin to solve the problem by understanding that there really is a root cause for this dilemma that has been recognized and corrected millions of times over (also read What’s a Faster Metabolism here).  Relax, there is hope.

The first step is to talk about the effects of fatigue upon our society: greater caffeine and other stimulant dependency (like ephedra, which was just taken off the market due to its abuse) in the US than any other the country in the world.  This statistic makes logical sense in a chronic fatigue-ridden society where stimulants would be heralded as quick compensation for low energy levels among so many people.  Stimulants are quick fixes that only provide temporary energy until they wear off, which in effect causes the body to become even more fatigued afterwards.  Then the cycle begins again which eventually wears the body down and exhausting its resources.  Exhausting your body’s resources opens the door to premature aging, more rapid physical degeneration, a depressed immune system and many diseases.

Stimulant dependency is a more serious problem than most people realize.  Compounding the stimulant abuse problem, we suffer more inactivity than just about any society in the world.  People are always on the lookout for convenience (avoidance of physical effort), while de-emphasizing the importance of regular physical activity.  Adding insult to injury, we’ve even taken physical education classes out of our schools whereby starting kids off on the wrong foot.

Energy: Use It or Lose It

Although a lack of regular physical activity is not the root of all “chronic fatigue,” it certainly discourages your body from becoming more efficient at producing energy.  After all, our bodies and minds are mechanisms of adaptation.  If we don’t make certain demands on them, our bodies and minds will slowly lose their ability to deliver what we need.  Unfortunately, the body will choose the low road to energy production unless we demand that it take the high road.  If we don’t effectively place some energy demands upon our bodies – they simply won’t deliver and becomes so used to low energy production that it actually resists changing for the better – a vicious fatigue cycle.

Activity aside let’s focus on the primal reason for all fatigue – slow metabolism.  The causes of slow metabolism, besides inactivity are many – and both good and bad stress of any kind is always a factor.  But slow metabolism is still dominated by some very basic biochemistry that can be decisively controlled when you know what you are doing.  Our body chemistry is completely dependent upon every bite of food we take in, every supplement we ingest, and even the water we drink and the air we breathe.  Furthermore, the way we mentally react to stress and the way our body subsequently reacts physiologically to stress are extremely important as well.

The ABC’s of No More Fatigue

“You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”  Linus Pauling

At the smallest electro-microscopic level, there are atoms.  94 naturally occurring and 118 in all, which serve as the building blocks for all matter compromising the universe – including our bodies.  These highly energetic atoms interact with other atoms to create new matter or to release energy, and the new matter formed can break down to release energy as well.

The same goes for your body where it builds and breaks down, and stores or releases energy; make, release or store.  Within the body, atoms – better known as minerals, because they come from the soil are literally “mined atoms.”  These 76 specific minerals are all contained within the soil and when you add oxygen and hydrogen, there is life.  Minerals are just a sub-class of atoms that are found only in the soil and thus, throughout the food chain.  The activity to form matter in order to build body structures is called anabolism.  Breaking “groups of atoms” (also known as molecules) apart is known as catabolism (1).

  1. Matter is defined as vitamins, proteins, sugars, fats and all cellular chemicals such as hormones or enzymes, all of which combine to form and functionalize each cell/tissue/organ of the body.

This activity is all done with the presence of oxygen to “burn” (or oxidize) the matter designated as fuel, and water is the “mixing” agent provides a place for all this anabolism and catabolism to happen.  The proper rate of anabolism and catabolism within our body determines our metabolic balance.

In other words, metabolism is equal to the sum total of anabolism and catabolism.  Too much catabolism and we sacrifice body tissue and subsequently – waste away; too much anabolism and we gain unneeded weight along with developing “energy deficits.”  The perfect relationship allows us to be “lean, clean, oxygen-burning, high-energy machines” with energy to support comprehensive physical maintenance,  the strongest immune system genetically possible and an ample supply of “free energy” for all other activity.  This is the point at which metabolism is considered to be most efficient or “fastest and in the greatest amount.”

When it comes to ensuring the highest energy levels possible, the “metabolic trick” is to get the perfect match of atoms (or minerals) within our bodies for the most efficient balance of anabolism and catabolism.  This is the place at which the most efficient metabolism can forever reside.  Again, there are 76 life-sustaining minerals in all which we must properly integrate together along with oxygen and water, for maximum energy release.

Realize that all of the vitamins, amino acids (protein’s building blocks), fatty acids (fat’s building blocks), saccharides (sugars), hormones, enzymes and the other biochemicals made from these mined atoms fall right into proper sequence behind proper mineral balance.  Subsequently, aligning the minerals provides the starting point from which all other metabolic concerns begin – end of story!  Better alignments = more energy.  The vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, et cetera are all “biochemical afterthoughts” to the minerals.  First things first!

In simple retrospect, the more balanced and complete that the 76 minerals coming into us are from the soil, through the food chain; and in combination with those as complete and balanced as genetically possible already in our bodies – the greater our energy production for all of life’s demands!  The converse of this is that the less complete and balanced these minerals are coming in and retained within, the less energy production.  In effect, energy production is “blocked.”

Of course, less available body energy means more fatigue, and no energy production equals death.  Subsequently, the fatigue epidemic that is upon us is a result of two interactive sources of “blocked energy” – one from the outside of the body and one on the inside.  Both the outside and inside sources have one common denominator – minerals.

Outside Energy Blocks

“Outside” energy blocks are representative of all environmental influences on your body’s mineral-mediated metabolism of energy. These influences consist of the food we eat, gases within the atmosphere or air we breathe, liquids we consume and even the stress of survival. These influences can be highly disproportionate in many ways relative to their own value as mineral-effected energy generators. These generators can be thought of as high-energy producers or low energy producers. An example of a low energy generator is food that has a very low mineral and subsequent vitamin retention level, which in turn qualifies as a low nutrition-value food.

Low energy generators have a reduced energy value due to two reasons:

  1. The amount of stored energy within them is very low due to inconsistencies and deficiencies within their nutrient and toxin makeup as related again, to minerals.
    • Example: an orange, which contains a very low vitamin C, sugar and potassium level and some toxic lead residue contains less energy than one with a high vitamin C, sugar, and potassium level, and no toxic lead residue.
  2. By design, the mineral, molecular, nutrient content of the food or other substance is in a certain state of balance that actually antagonizes your body’s ability to metabolize it, which in turn causes a lower energy release.
    • Example: a food which contains a lot of sedative (calming) nutrients such as calcium and magnesium, which antagonizes a body’s energy production when that particular body has an excess retention of calcium and magnesium; actually requires more stimulating nutrients like potassium and phosphorous to counterbalance the sedative minerals in order to get it “burning” (oxidizing and metabolizing) better.

Inside Energy Blocks

“Inside” energy blocks are any and all body chemistry which can potentially lower the rate of energy production from any food or liquids we consume, oxygen we breathe and life experiences such a stress.  Blocked energy from within is equal to a metabolism that is not energy efficient.

There is one reason for this:
  1. The minerals and all that comes from them such as the vitamins, fats, proteins, hormones, enzymes, et cetera within your body are in a state of disarray or better put – imbalance.  More imbalances equate with less energy production.  Less energy equates with being a low energy generator.
    • Example: a given person’s body contains specific deficiencies of potassium and phosphorous, along with excesses of calcium and magnesium.  At the same time, there are excessive toxic lead levels.
      • A body which possesses high calcium and magnesium levels as compared to low potassium and phosphorous levels would be classified as a “slow” metabolic “low energy generating” body.
      • This body would provide less available energy from any given food due to the imbalances of the above minerals in conjunction with the added antagonistic effect of lead.  This inhibits the overall amount of oxidation which can take place throughout the energy production systems of the body leading to lower energy generation.

When is the Lowest Energy Production Created?

The lowest energy generation possible is achieved when both outside and inside energy blocks are at their greatest.   Considering outside energy blocks: 1) the amount of stored energy within a given food is low to start with due to its nutrient inconsistencies and 2) the food itself possesses a state of nutrient/toxin balance that directly antagonizes your current body’s metabolic properties.  Considering inside energy blocks: 1) your internal biochemistry is out of balance due to multiple nutrient deficiencies, excesses and toxic infiltration.

As an example, you eat broccoli which: 1) hardly has any nutrients in it because it was grown on weak, over-farmed topsoil, 2) is very high in calcium and very low in potassium by nature, and 3) this broccoli contains arsenic.   Your body at the moment contains: 1) way too much calcium and way too little potassium for most efficient metabolism, and 2) your body also contains a high level of mercury.   The additive effect of this is extremely low energy generation from outside and inside influences.

Whether considering outside energy blocks, inside energy blocks or both in combination, fatigue is the primary physical symptom exhibited.  Furthermore, the feeling of fatigue is just the “tip of the iceberg” as symptoms go, as hidden degrees of degeneration are taking place under the skin from lack of energy production.  This “harder to feel” degenerative process only becomes observable as it develops into an outright, easy-to-diagnose disease along with the added side effects of premature aging.  Low energy generation is therefore dangerous to your health and well-being, beyond just fatigue.

Question: How can you solve the fatigue syndrome before you needlessly suffer further?
Answer: Take the BioCorrect Nutrition™ Analysis and learn precisely how to remove all outside and inside energy blocks for the fastest, most efficient, greatest anti-fatigue energy-generating metabolism genetically possible.

Together we can develop the greatest energy generation levels possible.  As always, the secret is in the science of manipulating mineral relationships in your foods and your body to absolute energy generation perfection!

What is the BioCorrect Nutrition™ Analysis?

The BioCorrect Nutrition™ Analysis (BNA) is a medically-proven, clinical laboratory test that measures 36 trace and toxic minerals in a patient’s hair sample; which correspond to an individual’s biochemical and metabolic status.  This analysis defines your metabolic type, mineral excesses and deficiencies, mineral-to-mineral ratios and toxic metal levels.  The report discusses disease tendencies, biochemical processes and symptoms often associated with your specific mineral imbalances.  Your BNA contains a list of recommended foods to avoid that eliminate mineral excesses, foods to increase in your diet to address mineral deficiencies and a recommended nutrient supplement program to biocorrect your biochemical imbalances as a personalized nutrition plan.  If you have not already done so, order your BNA today!

Stop Guessing.  Start Knowing… It’s In Your BNA!

Suggested Reading:
1. Tefft, GH. Your Personal Life. Westlake Village, CA: Angel Mind, 2006
2. Tefft, GH. For Your Body Only: Discover the Diet You Were Born to Eat. Dragon Door Publications, 2003
3. Watts, D.L. “Commonly Asked Questions About Hair Mineral Analysis.” US: Trace Elements, 1999
4. Watts, D.L. Trace Elements and Other Essential Nutrients. T.E.I., 1995

These statements have not been directly evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease as a substitution for standard medical care.

About the Author:

Dr. Greg Tefft, Board Certified Naturopath (A.N.M.A.), Doctorate in Chiropractics (L.A.C.C./S.C.U.) and Triple-Crown Natural Mr. America is “America’s Leader in Personalized Nutrition.” Dr. Tefft is a best-selling author, pioneered the lab-guided, personalized nutrition system at Malibu Health and Rehab in the 80’s and 90’s, member of the 1984 Olympic Team Sports Medicine Staff, and is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer (CSO) of BioCorrect Nutrition.

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