The first sign of sub-optimum nutrition is fatigue.
Believe it or not, most of us are sub-optimally nourished. This means that our body cells cannot make energy efficiently and is nothing new. Throughout history fatigue and stress have existed, and man has searched for ways to conquer both.
This has led to the use of stimulants (or chemicals that give you a boost) such as tea, coffee, cigarettes, chocolate and sugar.
Stimulants boost your energy levels by stimulating your adrenal glands.
These glands, situated on top of the kidneys, release hormones that initiate express delivery of energy giving glucose, to cells.
This express delivery quickly leads to a deficiency in key nutrients, as well as sudden fluctuations in blood sugar and energy levels. This explains why you may experience a dip in energy and concentration a few hours after taking stimulants.
Occasional use of stimulants therefore leads to regular use of stimulants and, in due course, as your body’s chemistry gets more and more exhausted, you will need even more of the stimulant to get the same effect.
By now you are a coffee connoisseur, can’t function without that cup of tea, or you are addicted to chocolate or cigarettes!
This is all well and good for a while, but your body has a finite capacity to detoxify undesirable substances.
Excessive intake of sugar and stimulants, coupled with sub-optimum nutrition, starts to overload it’s detoxification potential. Once you have exceeded this adaptive capacity, your ability to cope with every-day stress, becomes compromised.
This can lead to chronic fatigue, allergies, chemical sensitivity, low tolerance of alcohol and smoke, depression, mood swings and feeling out of control. There is a good chance that at the end of a busy year – you feel something like that.
Getting on the road to recovery requires some major dietary and lifestyle changes.
For a while you need to completely clean up your act – that means avoiding, as far as possible, all stimulants and toxic substances, and focusing on taking into the body only highly nutritious foods plus high levels of key nutrients in the form of specific nutritional supplements.