Energy Is Powerful: Start Our Energy Health Program Today!
Written by Melissa Bistricer, RDN
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You may ask yourself, why does my body need energy? Energy has the ability to fuel your body’s internal and external functions. Our internal functions consist of repair, build, and maintaining cells. Our External activities help support physical activities like walking.†
What is Energy?
Energy is defined as power that can be converted to motion, ability to work, overcome resistances, or causing a physical change. The body needs energy from nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, and protein. But remember, our body’s main energy source comes from carbohydrates. If the body is depleted of carbohydrates, the body can utilize protein and fats for energy.†
How Does Our Body Make Energy?
The body makes energy in the stomach, by digesting food with acids and enzymes. Carbohydrates are broken down into a sugar called glucose. The stomach and small intestine are where glucose is absorbed, which is then released into the bloodstream. Once the glucose enters the bloodstream, it is either used right away for energy or stored to be used later on.†
Nutritional Diet Recommendation
Optimal energy requires specific nutrients in the body from foods. If our body lacks these nutrients, energy metabolism underperforms and you can feel fatigued or sluggish. Specific foods such as bananas, fatty fish like salmon and tuna, brown rice, and eggs, help to increase energy levels. Energy is found in food sources, specifically carbohydrates. Though protein and fats can be used for energy as well, carbohydrates are the preferred source.
Supplements to help support the energy process at InViteⓇ Health are Energy HxⓇ and Performance Multivitamin.†
Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs
Ginseng is a herbal remedy, derived from several plants. It is commonly referenced as Panax Ginseng, Asian or Korean Ginseng. Ginsenosides are active components within Ginseng. They have beneficial effects of anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, and anti-cancer effects.1 Two different studies contained 30 young participants, that received 200 mg of Ginseng for eight weeks, showed to have a significant improvement in certain psychomotor functions.1 Some psychomotor functions that improved include better attention, processing, auditory reaction time, social functioning, and mental health.†
Panax Ginseng has vitality and longevity that enhances energy metabolism. Evidence has investigated the effects of Panax Ginseng Polysaccharide (PGP) on energy and mitochondrial protection.2 Results indicated that PGP protected mitochondria from mitochondrial swelling and improving energy metabolism.†2
Rhodiola has been studied for performance-enhancing healthy populations as well as its therapeutic properties. Efficacy and safety has shown to help with physical and mental fatigue. A double blind randomized control trial was assessed using a placebo and rhodiola groups.3 Clinical studies reported rhodiola ranging from 50-660 mg per capsule suggest a benefit.†
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- Kiefer, David S., and Traci Pantuso. “Panax ginseng.” American family physician 68.8 (2003): 1539-1542.
- Li, Xing-Tai, et al. “Regulation on energy metabolism and protection on mitochondria of Panax
ginseng polysaccharide.” The American journal of Chinese medicine 37.06 (2009): 1139-1152.
- Ishaque S, Shamseer L, Bukutu C, Vohra S. Rhodiola rosea for physical and mental fatigue: a systematic review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012;12:70. Published 2012 May 29. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-70