Chen Ben Asher – Functional Nutrition – Win Your Health Lesson 7: Energy and Oxidative Stress

Previously we looked at mind and body connection, but this health lesson 7 is about energy and stress connection, how it influences the overall well-being in so many ways.

By energy here I don’t mean effects of energy drinks on the body or energy connection with someone. There is no doubt that energy affects one’s body, but how exactly it happens? In my practice working as a Board certified nutrition specialist, I have experienced many cases when women have complaints about feeling fatigue and other alike-symptoms. One more particular example was a woman who was always feeling tired not was only coming home from work, but even after waking up. She didn’t feel rested, and also her body weight wasn’t the best one. That was one of the leading things that she mentioned as the cause for it. At the end after blood, etc. tests, I could see that it had to do with her metabolism and overall health due to her stress at work and other lifestyle choices.

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Energy and human health are connected – there is no doubt in that. Energy and health are like synonyms because if a person doesn’t feel well (isn’t healthy), he is also not energetic and doesn’t feel well enough to complete his/her daily tasks, but also to function as a human being to satisfy the needs and overcome daily or long-term obstacles. That also leads to the lack of energy connection with someone thus negatively influencing overall relationships and other important aspects.

Symptoms of problems with energy and oxidative stress management

  • Burning out
  • Fatigue – the most common symptom
  • Brain fog
  • Memory loss
  • Rapid aging, etc.

With the right energy and stress management, a person can avoid the risk of more severe problems that are diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, dementia, heart disease, etc.

We also need to address mitochondria function as it turns food and oxygen into energy that the body uses for different tasks or stores. You can find these mitochondria “factories” in various body parts like brain, heart, muscles. These are places where happens metabolism. Metabolism uses the food and oxygen that a human body takes and converts it into energy that is used as a fuel. Mitochondria are very sensitive to different influences so no wonder that many people have problems also with metabolism. Stress is one of these reasons.

Less stress, more energy

The phrase that people often use “don’t stress” has a reason. Oxidative stress happens in mitochondria. The synonyms could be deterioration or breakdown.

What causes oxidative stress?

  • Extensive calorie consumption
  • Smoking
  • Toxins
  • Excessive sugar consumption
  • Sunburn
  • Anti-nutrients, etc.


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All of this can send the body out of balance and thus have problems with energy and its production. This problematic aspect requires professional attention and changes in one’s lifestyle including special diet, physical activities, etc.

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