There is a revolution underway that is completely changing how we thinking about sustainable energy.
No, not solar or wind. Not tidal power or even small-scale hydro.
This is energy to keep you powered, to keep you going, to keep you mentally sharp and physically strong for hours at a time.
We’re talking about fat.
The energy to energy to fire your neurons, flex your muscles, beat your heart, and expand your lungs is all mediated by a small molecule called ATP.
And your body makes ATP through a complex shuffling around of electrons derived from the food you eat. So it follows that the more “electron dense” the source of food, the more energy it contains.
So what’s the most electron dense food source?
Fat has long chains of carbons that can be broken down piece by piece to yield electrons and drive ATP synthesis.
Deep in our evolutionary history, when proto-humans were first wandering around the Serengeti, food wasn’t always plentiful. The life of a hunter gather inevitably involved periods of fasting between large catches of game.
For our ancestors, fat was the way to survive the lean times. It is not just an incredible source of energy, it is also easily stored. Our cravings for fat in foods like bacon or butter or avocados are based in our evolutionary drive to survive.
Most of the time, when we’re eating a diet of meat, fruits, vegetables, and such, our body makes energy through a process called glycolysis. This is process creates ATP from metabolizing sugar. During periods of fasting, our body begins surviving on our fat stores. When fat is metabolized, it is converted into something called ketones.
And ketones, it turns out, are actually a more efficient fuel for your body. They are actually your body’s preferred fuel source: given the choice, your tissues will use ketones over glucose.
This is especially true in the brain, which uses nearly a third of your energy resources. Many who go on ketogenic diets report increased energy, mental clarity, and focus.
If you were an ancient hunter who hadn’t eaten in 4 or 5 days, this is when you want to be your sharpest, on your best game, because this is when your survival is truly on the line.
Fortunately, you don’t have to starve yourself just to enjoy the benefits of ketones in your system. And you don’t have to eat a pound of bacon (it’s probably better if you didn’t). There are many different kinds of fats, and some of them convert to ketones better than others.
The best ones, are Medium Chain Triglycerides, or MCTs. They are a special form of fat with chains between 6 and 12 carbon atoms long. Their length allows them to be directly absorbed into the blood, immediately available for conversion into energy.
Caprylic acid (C8) and capric acid (C10) are especially effective, completely bypassing the liver altogether and going directly to the tissues that use them the most.
Like your brain.
These two MCTs are like rocket fuel for your mind, proving energy, clarity, and stamina.
And because they are so energy dense, they can actually keep your whole system running for hours without feeling hungry.
Coconut oil, one of healthiest fats out there, happens to be one of the best sources of MCTs, typically between 62 and 65%.
But there’s one one problem.
The 90% of the MCT content in coconut oil is lauric acid (C12). While lauric acid is technically an MCT, it doesn’t behave like C8 or C10. It has to be processed in the liver before being released to the rest of the tissues, so it doesn’t have the same powerful, energizing effect as caprylic or capric acid.
If you really want to experience the sustainable energy and mental clarity these two MCTs can provide, you need a high quality MCT Oil.
And that’s exactly what you get in PerfectAmino Power Meal. We use the highest quality MCT oil containing only caprylic and capric acid – the ones that get you results.
And that’s only 1 of the ingredients.
PerfectAmino Power Meal is the most advanced meal replacement on the market, a complete source of energy and full-spectrum nutrition to power your best performance: in athletics, business, and life.
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If you search for “energy supplement” on amazon, you get over 4,000 results.
How can any reasonable human sift through all that and find the ones that work? Or which ones are bogus?
I did a deep dive into the truth about “increasing your energy” in another article. It gives you a framework for understanding how real energy supplements work and why.
But here I want to do something different.
I want to get practical and tactical with 10 proven ways to boost energy production in your cellular energy factories –– your mitochondria.
We’ll start with the lifestyle and dietary ways to boost your mitochondria and then look at a few powerful supplements.
Let’s start with the cheapest...
Your average health food store has an entire section devoted to “energy.”
The products on the shelf, with their fancy logos and specially designed packaging, make grandiose claims about what they will do for your “energy levels.”
But the truth?
Most of them are stimulants in disguise, artificially jacking you up to give you the sensation of energy.
But in the end, they do more harm than good. They increase cortisol, cause dehydration, and deplete you.
Because almost none of them do anything on the biological level that supports your real energy system: your mitochondria and metabolism.
That’s why in this article I want to show you what to look for with any new supplement.... and why.
It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” according to Andy Williams. Or should it be the most wonderFULL time of the year? I’m referring to the last 6 weeks of the year which is fraught with one nutritional landmine after another.
Let’s face it, things like pumpkin pie, stovetop stuffing, eggnog, pumpkin-spiced lattes, peanut brittle, homemade fudge, and divinity only make their appearance during this brief window so we might as well gorge ourselves with as much as we can, right?
No wonder the average American gains 2 to 5 pounds (or more) over the holidays. You’d think we were part bear by eating all…the…things before going into several months of hibernation. Unfortunately, this is a major reason people gradually gain weight over the course of years and decades. Gaining weight is easy while losing it is another story.