How The Nitrogen Cycle Produces Energy
It’s not enough to exist. Having a zest for life and being energetic is the way to live.
Feeling energetic helps make your dreams come true and inspires optimism with a healthy self-esteem.
Real energy is not a passing mood. It’s a complex series of biochemical and electrical processes. Your body must process a long series of interactions similar to a chain reaction. Each reaction requires the energy from the previous reaction, and donates energy to the reaction next in line.
Energy production of begins with the eating of the basic nutrients: sugars, proteins and fats. Sugars provide a rapid but brief kind of energy. Proteins furnish five times more energy than sugar. Fats provide eight times more! These three nutrients make up the basis for energy production and the basis for wellness. Your selection of foods is very important, so choose them well.
The nitrogen cycle
You may recall that the air we breathe is about 78 percent nitrogen. Bacteria “fix” nitrogen into the soil to grow healthy plants, and fertilizers are mostly made of nitrogen. Without nitrogen, plants will not grow and humans cannot process protein. Nitrogen is a basic and very important building block of life.
To make energy from protein you must first process it through the nitrogen cycle.
You get nitrogen from eating fruits and vegetables. You can also get it from whole-food supplements made from adaptogenic herbs. Nitrogen is stable in your body as nitrate and presents its active anti-aging properties as nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is likely the most important source of energy for the heart, vascular system and immune system. Nitric oxide interacts with CoEnzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10) to produce energy inside each and every one of your body’s millions of cells. In fact, the death of each cell occurs because nitric oxide and CoQ-10 cannot balance the cell’s energy.
Protein and nitrogen needs
You need about 50 to 65 grams of protein each day (about 1/3 gram of protein per pound of body weight). However, you can only digest about 25 grams at a time (the amount that fills the palm of your hand) partly because you have only a limited reservoir of nitrogen. As mentioned, you get nitrogen from eating fruits and vegetables, but, you cannot store it.
Processing protein uses up large amounts of available nitrogen; so, you need to replace it by eating more fruits and vegetables. You must eat your fruits and vegetables if you want energy from protein.
Certain bacteria in your body also manufacture nitrogen. This is why probiotics and enzymes are needed − they, too, help convert protein into energy through the nitrogen cycle. A digestive enzyme serves to encourage healthy bacteria in the intestines for protein metabolism and increased energy.
The dark side to nitrogen
There is a danger to protein metabolism. It’s found in a particular form of nitrogen: ammonia. Excess ammonia can be formed in your body and brain if you eat protein but do not have enough nitrogen to complete the energy process. This is often observed in people who experience bloating or uncomfortable fullness after a healthy, protein-rich meal. It can also be observed in those who experience excessive fatigue after a meal.
The good news is there is an easy remedy. You can encourage protein digestion with probiotics. You can also eat extra servings of fruit and vegetables. Nutritional supplements can also provide a lot of help. I would suggest at least a daily serving of an adaptogenic herbs tonic and one CoQ-10 at each meal until the fatigue is erased and vibrant energy replaces it!