Do you remember how you felt as a child—healthy, vibrant, bursting with energy and full of plans? As the years pass, however, most of us lose touch with that effervescent spirit. We become resigned to feeling fatigued, stressed, and/or fuzzy-headed. Our sleep does not refresh us and we wake up tired most mornings. Or we experience a late-afternoon energy slump that makes it hard for us to finish our day.
Fortunately, there is a way to recapture that effervescent spirit we had as children. Using the power of enzyme therapy, you can regain your lost vitality and your enthusiasm for life. Enzymes can help you sleep better, work harder, and feel more clear-headed than you have in years. Once you begin taking them, you will notice an energy surge in as little as two weeks.
The Energy Robbers
Next to depression and allergies, lack of energy is the third most prevalent health concern in American, affecting 33 million people. In fact, half of the people who come to my BioSET clinic complain of exhaustion. Some feel tired when they wake up in the morning. Others experience an energy crisis in the afternoon. Still others have chronic fatigue throughout the day. Through my many years of clinical practice, I’ve seen many cases of fatigue resulting from one or more of the following factors:
• Poor digestion and/or nutrient absorption
• Immune Dysfunction
• Sleep Disorders
Your energy level is a clear indicator of the state of your vitality reserves—your body’s ability to remain healthy and resilient under physical or emotional stress. The good news is that you have more control over these reserves than you realize. Enzyme therapy plays a critical role in restoring physical vitality and energy. In fact, 85 percent of the patients who come to my clinic for help with exhaustion and sleep disorders improve dramatically once they begin enzyme therapy.
Let’s look at some of the common causes of fatigue and how enzymes can help you overcome them to regain your lost energy.
Energy Robber #1: Poor Digestion
People routinely ask me, “How can I be so tired when I’m eating all the right foods?” Well, they may have healthy diets, but if the nutrients aren’t getting into their bodies, they won’t feel young and vital.
If the body must struggle to break down and assimilate foods, healthy eating is a losing battle. What’s more, when undigested food particles leak through the gut wall into the bloodstream, the immune system further depletes your energy reserves by attacking them as “invaders.”
While the reasons for poor digestion vary from person to person—based on individual food choices, eating habits, and nutrient deficiencies—one solution that seems to work for everyone is taking digestive enzymes.
For a long time, the mainstream medical community argued that the body could not absorb and utilize enzymes in supplement form because they couldn’t survive in stomach acid. Although this may be true for enzymes from animal sources, the body can easily utilize enzyme supplements from plant sources.
Once my patients with poor digestion begin taking digestive enzymes, they finally experience the full benefit of the nutrients in their diets. Invariably, they report that they feel more energetic than they have in years. So if you feel as though you’re running on empty, consider whether poor digestion might be to blame.
Energy Robber #2: Immune Dysfunction
According to several studies, people with severe fatigue have higher numbers of killer T cells, the white blood cells that fight viruses and other microorganisms. These people also have fewer normal suppressor T cells, another type of white blood cell that stops immune reactions once infectious invaders have been eliminated.
When this suppression mechanism fails, the immune system continues to mount its defense, triggering the release of lymphokines, immune cells that may be responsible for symptoms such as fatigue and muscle aches.
One of the main causes of immune system overdrive is food sensitivities (a.k.a., foods you are unable to digest and absorb). When undigested food particles leak through the gut wall into the bloodstream, the immune system depletes your energy reserves by attacking them as “invaders.” Clearing up food sensitivities prevents the reaction that can contribute to immune system hyperactivity and thus prevents fatigue.
One sign of a food sensitivity is an unusual craving for some type of food. For example, in my experience, I have found that many people are carbohydrate intolerant. Because they can’t digest sugars well, they crave sweets.
If you are sensitive to a specific type of food, you can solve your problem by avoiding it. If you are sensitive to a food group, such as those who have a carbohydrate intolerance or a fat/protein intolerance, it will help you to take a special enzyme formula to help digest and assimilate these nutrients. You can find these supplements in your local health food store. If not, visit my website, http://www.drellencutler.com for assistance.
Energy Robber #3: Sleep Disorders
A good night’s sleep is essential for optimal energy, yet according to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 50 percent of Americans have insomnia at least a few nights a week. When people don’t get adequate rest, they rely on artificial stimulants such as caffeine or sugar to sustain them throughout the day. In the meantime, they run up an unhealthy, potentially dangerous sleep deficit.
Not everyone needs 8 hours of sleep a night. Generally, if you’re able to wake up on time without an alarm clock, you’re getting enough rest. If even an alarm clock can’t rouse you, you probably aren’t sleeping as much as you should.
Stress and environmental factors such as noise and light certainly interfere with our natural sleep cycles. So too can poor digestion and impaired liver detoxification.
The liver and its enzymes are responsible for removing toxins from the blood and eliminating them from the body. In the absence of adequate nutritional support, due to poor digestion, the liver must work even harder to clear out the toxins. Eventually, it may not be able to keep up. When toxins remain in the body, they deplete energy levels as well. Learn more about sleep issues in this previous blog https://drellencutler.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=234&action=edit
Energy Robber #4: Hypothyroidism
The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism. For this reason, imbalances in thyroid hormones can have a profound effect on your energy levels. These imbalances can result from many factors, including nutrient deficiencies (especially of vitamin A, riboflavin, and selenium), enzyme dysfunction, chronic stress, and even aging.
Among thyroid disorders, hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) is the number one contributor to fatigue. Physicians often overlook this condition because so many cases are sub-clinical, meaning that although patients have hypothyroidism, their laboratory tests come back normal.
Sometimes hypothyroidism coexists with other hormonal conditions. For example, a person with low levels of adrenal or sex hormones may also be deficient in thyroid hormone. In a case like this, getting a proper diagnosis is critical since it will determine the appropriate course of treatment.
Hypothyroidism isn’t the only thyroid disorder that depletes energy reserves. If fatigue occurs in conjunction with chronic insomnia, nervousness, and weight loss, the problem may be hyperthyroidism—too much thyroid hormone rather than too little. BioSET has had excellent results with working on supporting healthy thyroid function. You can learn more about thyroid and BioSET in Dr. Ellen’s books
Reclaiming Energy—and Your Life
Enzyme therapy—along with eating nutritionally, getting plenty of rest, and limiting stress—can increase your health and energy levels exponentially. Enzymes, nature’s “micro-miracles,” can help you move beyond fatigue and discover greater pleasure, passion, and productivity for life. Enzymes, a healthy diet, and exercise changed my life forever. I do believe it is the answer to longevity.