Eating For Energy
Want more energy to make it through your day without that mid-afternoon crash? Want to wake up earlier without feeling groggy? Want to get more done, play with your kids, and still have fuel left in the tank at the end of the day? Yes?? Well, it’s all about eating for energy.
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.
It’s all about creating alkaline pH inside your bloodstream. Now I know you probably don’t want a science lesson right? You’re saying, “Marcella, I just want to know what to eat!”. So here’s the quick version...The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. 0 is considered highly ACIDIC while 14 is highly ALKALINE. 7 is neutral. Your blood needs to be slightly alkaline. Specifically, it needs to maintain a pH range of 7.35-7.45.
However, this becomes very difficult to do when your body is inundated by drinks and foods that deposit more acid in the blood such as sugar, refined grains, energy drinks, alcohol, and pretty much any other man-made food.
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! Considering that, it’s no wonder more and more people are now suffering with low energy levels.
Here’s another thing: when your blood becomes too acidic, your red blood cells which are responsible for carrying oxygen to your cells, lose the negative charge around their membrane. This is important because under alkaline conditions, this negative charge prevents your red blood cells from clumping together, because 2 (or more) negative charges will repel each other.
However, when acid strips away that repelling charge, the blood cells begin to stick together creating a virtual traffic jam in your blood.
Your blood becomes thicker, like sludge. Your oxygen-carrying cells 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.
“OMG! What do I eat already?” OK! It’s coming...
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 energy drinks (or other stimulants) or sugar, then my approach to eating for energy is really quite simple…
Alkalize your body by eating more plants
Eat more raw aka live food
Make your plate look like a rainbow with a variety of veggies and fruits. Fun!
When you apply these principles and create a healthy alkaline environment, you’ll end up with lasting all-day energy and you’re laying the foundation to life-long vitality...and it’s as easy as eating and drinking more greens.