Do you bounce out of bed in the morning, energized, hungry for the challenges of the day OR do you crawl out, hunt out the coffee, a starchy and sugary something and push yourself into the day, with moments of energy and motivation, as the day unfolds? Do you find yourself increasingly tired, lacking motivation, and snapping at the kids? If the latter, this is not how it is supposed to be.
Your body is telling you something is wrong. If you do not listen, it will up the anti, until you do. You might already be experiencing headaches, bloating, foggy brain, aches, and a number of other symptoms. All disease starts from energy deficits.
Take some time to watch a healthy 5-year old. Look at their zest for life, look at the way h/she climbs a tree or attacks the fort or makes mud pies. That zest is how our bodies are meant to function until the day we die.
I had the pleasure of interviewing a 90-year old Japanese gentleman from Okinawa, when he passed through Auckland. He had been travelling, ticking things off his “bucket list”, amazing things needing youthful energy. He was healthy and excited about life. He was keen to get back and reunite with his 40-year-old wife, very keen.
Energy is not only about how far you can run or how fast. It is more about being the basic ingredient that your body needs to heal, be vibrant, have joy, make love and other good things.
The body is incredibly complex. The nerdy things like the Kreb cycle and Electron Transfer Chain are fascinating, but most people don’t care about them. They just want more energy. So, lets keep it simple. You have about 60 trillion cells in your body. Energy is made in these cells by something called mitochondria. There are about 300 mitochondria in a normal cell and 10,000 in a brain cell. These little critters are energy factories. You need to have healthy cells and healthy mitochondria to make energy. The bad news is that most of us don’t.
Okay, imagine this. You are on an endless beach, with white sand. It is warm. The sea is shimmering and you start to jog. The sand is firm under your feet. You feel great and life is good. Now contrast that scenario with this. You are in a dark cupboard. The heat is turned up. You are running on a treadmill. You cannot breath; you are so hot that you feel like you are going to pass out. Welcome to the world of most of our mitochondria. Are yours on a beach or in a cupboard? All these little critters want to do is serve you. They just need the right conditions to do so.
Modern living robs us of our ability to make abundant energy, a little at a time:
- Our foods no longer contain the nutrients we need to make energy.
- Medications deplete out bodies of key energy factors.
- The wrong fats kill out cells as opposed to energising them.
- Sub optimal digestion and absorption mean that even if we consume the right stuff, it does not get used.
- Toxins in our bodies produce poisons that steal out energy.
- Our key organs and glands are so overloaded that they can no longer do what they were designed to do.
- Our cells are hehydrated.
- Heavy metals block our cell receptor so that nutrients cannot get into the cells.
These processes occur over time. We do not actually notice what is happening, until one day we just can’t do what we used to do or we get some irritating disease, like cancer.
You may be just lacking in oomph or you may have crossed the line and be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia or something even more serious. The tragedy is that we are all on this continuum. At one end is abundant energy. At the other is disease. The cool thing is that you get to choose where it is that you want to be. The not so cool thing is that we have forgotten how to listen to our bodies and so do not know where we are on the continuum.
As we have moved further and further away from listening to our bodies, I am reminded of a time in my life when I was in France and trying desperately to explain what it was that I needed to make my world a happy place. It involved a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread and a rather snappy cheese. On a more philosophical level, it did involve a rather beautiful woman. Wham! Someone appeared who could speak both English and French. When the other party discovered that I was not English, a veil lifted and the world became a happy place. My mitochondria still thank me profusely for this experience.
Well, my French is kind of sketchy, but I speak “body” fluently. It is what I do. It is a passion of mine, because it is so very cool. I get to tell you what your body wants you to know. It has been whispering to you for a while and you have not listened or understood. It will gently turn up the volume, until you do.
Most people see a doctor, who will give you a drug for the symptoms, not the cause. Your body keeps talking until you have to listen. This is when most people come to see me. What I do is interpret what your body wants to tell you, to fix the underlying issues and move towards abundant energy and health.
Last week I caught a cold and I know exactly why I did. I was run down, did not take my supplements and kept pushing myself. My body whispered, I ignored it. Last week someone caught cancer because they didn’t listen to their body, compromised their immune system, their digestive system and their detoxification systems. What has this got to do with energy…..everything. Energy is about having the go to do things, but more importantly, it is about having the resources to heal and maintain the body.
No matter what you do, you need energy. Your body is superbly designed to produce energy. Really, the only person that can stuff it up is you
At bewell, our job is to ensure that your body is operating optimally so that you can produce maximum energy. We have specific tests to gauge the health of your cells and energy production. We work with you to determine your current energy levels, and remove any barriers. We put together a plan to have you zinging out of bed in the morning and keep you zinging through the day.