Low energy is not a simple problem, but rather a complex issue that can be caused by a myriad of factors. In this society of abundance, nutrient gaps (missing elements in our diets), are often overlooked as a potential culprit. Whether it be vitamin and mineral deficiencies that result from poor eating habits, or gaps that are caused when physiological demands run higher than what the diet can provide, we need to pay attention to what our body is telling us and begin to address low energy by giving the body the nutrients it needs to shine.
At the very basic level, our food provides us with the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat) and the micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) our body needs for growth, and to sustain all of its daily activities. Consuming a whole food diet, rich in colourful plants, healthy protein sources, and nourishing fats is crucial to preventing nutrient gaps.
While most of us are not deficient in the macronutrients, in today’s world, micronutrients may be more of an issue. Despite doing our best to eat healthy, the food that we eat today is far less nutritious than it once was, thanks to the growth of big business farming, soil erosion, the heavy use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and the proliferation of non-GMO crops. Micronutrients are important co-factors in energy production, and becoming deficient in one or more of them can seriously dampen our vitality, as well as lead to serious health consequences.
When Sam created greens+ and greens+ EXTRA ENERGY, he kept this in mind as he carefully chose each ingredient not only for its nutritional profile, but for the way in which it would work with every other ingredient, creating a synergistic formula that goes above and beyond other green foods. By supplementing your diet with a scoop of greens+ and greens+ EXTRA ENERGY, you know that you are getting the nutrition of 23+ different ingredients that help to prevent nutrient gaps in your diet.
There is more to food than just its macro and micronutrients. Fresh, whole foods that have not been processed (or minimally processed) are also rich in a wide variety of plant chemicals that can offer us tremendous health benefits. While we don’t require phytonutrients to sustain life, as we do with macro and micronutrients, phytonutrients offer us a source of protection against disease, helping to fight free radical damage and quieting the fires of chronic inflammation.
When the diet is lacking in fresh food, as is often the case when people rely on too much processed or convenience foods, we lack the phytonutrients to protect our cells and tissues from disease.
Most of us have heard of chronic inflammation being at the core of heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, but more and more we are learning of the role it is playing general fatigue, brain fog, and mood and mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and insomnia. greens+ and greens+ EXTRA ENERGY are both a rich source of phytonutrients containing the antioxidant equivalent of 6 servings of fruits and vegetables, which has been clinically shown to be readily absorbed by the body, increasing blood levels of antioxidants and helping to fight inflammation.
Specific Need Gaps
Stress has been shown to be one of the biggest contributors to low energy in our society. When our body is under stress, whether mental (caused by work, emotions, or just a hectic life), or physical stress (training hard for an athletic event, healing from an injury or illness), our body requires more nutrients than on a day-to-day basis, and can quickly become depleted, exacerbating low energy levels.
Nourishing the body with both vitamin C and B-vitamins, which can be rapidly drained when tensions run high, as well as with traditional herbal extracts like rhodiola, astragalus and suma root, that help increase the body’s resiliency, are a key dietary strategies for supporting the body during times of stress. Each serving of greens+ EXTRA ENERGY contains 500mg of vitamin C, 25mg of vitamin B6, as well as standardized extracts of rhodiola, astragalus, and suma root in one convenient scoop to help improve feelings of low energy that may be resultant from stress.