Energy allows us to do our daily activities. It allows our cells to operate in our muscles, bones and organs. At the cellular level, the area of the cell that creates energy is called the mitochondria. In the mitochondrion, energy is produced in the form of a substance called ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate).
This process involves many complex biochemical steps. Energy is produced by the transfer of electrons (those tiny particles you may or not remember from physics class) that produce energy (a process called potentiation) to ultimately add phosphorus units to adenosine to make ATP. The biochemical bonds contain energy.
A by-product of these reactions is something called “free radicals.” These negative particles are usually made neutral by other proteins (called “anti-oxidants,” which I know most everybody has heard of). But some can’t be neutralized. These remaining free radicals cause something called “oxidation,” which affects the functioning of the mitochondria and ultimately the cell.
So why go through this long explanation? Because understanding how your body produces energy and the various steps it goes through during this process will help you understand what to do to keep it working at an optimal level. This keeps the brain and other parts of your body from becoming fatigued, much like when you’re exercising and get tired out.
Here are some things you can easily do to reduce the effects of free radicals and oxidation, and increase your energy for peaceful living:
- Limit alcohol use. Alcohol actually forms more free radicals that cause oxidation.
- Research and learn about anti-oxidants. Foods rich in anti-oxidants include vegetables, so increase the number of them in your diet. There are also vitamin supplements such as B6, B12 and CoQ10. These help to prevent oxidative stress.
- EXERCISE! When you exercise (and lose fat especially), your cells become more efficient in using energy and less metabolically active. As a result, you use less energy and fewer free radicals are produced.
These are, of course, things that seem intuitive. But when you realize, as I have, that the energy that fuels your life matters, you will see the wisdom of bringing in positive energy.
What do you do to either increase or improve your energy? I am interested in hearing your responses.