Eating for Energy
Eat alive and you will thrive.
Want to wake up earlier without feeling groggy? Want more energy to make it through your day without that mid-afternoon crash? Want to get more done, play with your kids, and still have fuel left in the tank at the end of the day?
If so, it’s all about eating for energy.
Just so we’re clear, this is has nothing to do with drinking copious amounts of coffee or relying on sugar. Eating to have more energy boils down to eating nutrient-rich foods that create an alkaline environment inside your body that allows oxygen to easily be delivered to your cells to produce energy. It’s as simple as that.
What No ONE Else Is Telling You About Feeling More Energetic
When most people think of having more energy, coffee is usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, nothing could be more detrimental to your energy than relying on stimulants like caffeine that send your blood sugar soaring and wear down your adrenal glands.
It’s all about creating alkaline pH inside your bloodstream instead.
Do you remember learning about the pH scale back in science class? If you don’t, I’ll quickly fill you in: The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. 0 is considered highly ACIDIC while 14 is highly ALKALINE (or basic). 7 is neutral.
Your blood needs to be slightly alkaline. Specifically, it needs to maintain a tight pH range of 7.35-7.45.
However, this becomes very difficult to do when your body is “attacked” by drinks and foods that deposit more acid in the blood once metabolized.
Caffeinated beverages along with many foods in the typical western diet are acid-forming once metabolized in your body. The major acid-forming culprits are sugar, refined grains, animal products, caffeine, alcohol, and pretty much any other man-made food.
All of these foods/drinks create more acid buildup in your bloodstream for one simple reason: They deposit more protein and phosphorus (acidic) than magnesium, potassium, and calcium (alkaline minerals). That simple relationship is what determines the “acid or alkaline effect”—aka PRAL (potential acid renal load)—of any food.
Considering that, it’s no wonder more and more people are now suffering with low energy levels.
Having acidic blood not only deprives your body of energy but it also creates the foundation for disease to proliferate. Every disease we know of, has at its root, an acid problem!
Here’s another thing: when your blood becomes too acidic, your red blood cells (RBCs), which are responsible for carrying oxygen to your cells, lose the negative charge around their membrane.
This is important because under normal (alkaline) conditions, this negative charge prevents your RBCs from clumping together, because 2 (or more) negative charges will repel each other.
However, when acid strips away that repelling charge, RBCs begin to stick together as their positive internal charge begins to attract the negative charge from other intact RBCs. This creates a virtual traffic jam in your blood.
Now, your blood has become thicker, like sludge. Your oxygen-carrying RBCs cannot readily access the trillions of cells in your body that depend on oxygen for energy production and thus you feel more tired.
That’s it. This is the most fundamental reason why so many people feel exhausted most of the time. Add to that worn out adrenals and low thyroid function and you’re halfway to being a zombie.
How to Eat for MORE Energy
The easiest and most immediate way to alkalize your blood is by eating more vegetables and fruit in their most energetic state, which happens to be RAW. Fruits and vegetables are not only packed with thousands of disease-fighting phytonutrients but they are also loaded with high levels of the alkalizing minerals – calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
For that reason, they are crucial for re-establishing your blood’s desirable pH level of 7.35-7.45. And that’s just one more reason why we should all be eating more fruits and veggies every day.
If you want to wake up earlier, soar through your days, and live your life to the fullest without relying on caffeine or sugar, then my approach to eating for energy is really quite simple…
|Alkalize your body by eating more plant foods…
|Eat more of them preferably in their raw state…
|Fill your plate with rainbow colors…
|Listen to your body and discover which foods work best for you…
When you apply these principles, you’ll end up with lasting all-day energy that looks like this:
Creating a healthy alkaline internal environment is the foundation to life-long vitality and it’s as easy eating and drinking more greens.
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