Shane Ellison M. Sc.
The People's Chemist
December 16, 2007

Millions of American’s suffer from fatigue. Their energy levels are so low that they require a pot of coffee to crawl out of bed. When afternoon hits, caffeine rich energy drinks flow freely to keep up at work. By evening, exhaustion sets in and it’s straight to bed – only to repeat the lethargic process tomorrow. This isn’t how the body was meant to operate.

Massive amounts of energy can be had without the above “fatigue masking” substances. Once possessed, anything is possible. Your energy will be the fuel behind your life’s most important projects, thoughts, creativity and relationships. It’s what the best athletes and entrepreneurs in the world are made of. And to get it, you have to adhere to three energy building requirements.

First, replace carbohydrate consumption with healthy fats three times per day. I’m not talking about heart disease causing trans fats and vegetable oils. I’m talking about Mother Nature’s energy boosting fats like whole eggs, grass fed beef, coconut oil, seeds, nuts and avocados, just to name a few. Unlike carbohydrates, consuming healthy fat does not cause a spike in the fatigue causing, fat storing hormone insulin. But even better, it exponentially increases the production of a molecule known as ATP. ATP is the master energy and strength producing molecule within the body. The more you have, the better you perform.

A single fat molecule can produce a whopping 129 molecules of ATP. In contrast, if you are not consuming enough healthy fat the body is forced to utilize an inferior source of ATP production - carbohydrates. A single carbohydrate molecule produces a paltry 38 molecules of ATP! Do the math – fat yields more than three times the energy as a carbohydrate!

Second, begin supplementing with 0.5 to 3.0 grams of acetyl-L-carnitine (ACLAR) daily. This essential molecule acts as a chaperone to fat. It works by carrying it to our energy furnace – the mitochondria. Without ALCAR, fat remains stored – usually in the belly – and you grow tired.

The Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics recently highlighted the effectiveness of ALCAR among the elderly. They showed that ALCAR was successful at boosting both mental and physical energy. About 100 participants over the age of 70 showed drastic increases in mental capacity and exercise duration as a result of ALCAR.

Finally, replace sugary energy drinks with water, green tea or yerba mate. Each one of these health drinks mobilizes fat into the bloodstream to ensure energy production. Green tea and yerba mate can also boost mood and serve as a great pre and post exercise drink.

As these requirements become habit, expect a life filled with sustained energy. Say goodbye to the highs and lows associated with the use of fatigue masking substances. Say goodbye to the sustained energy that fuels mediocrity. And regardless of your age, say hello to a new found energy that will fuel success in all areas of your life.