Eat for Energy


Albert Einstein said, “Everything is energy.” And that includes human beings. According to ancient teachings the “energy” inside us is called chi in Chinese Medicine, or ki in Japanese Medicine, and in Ayurvedic, it is called prana. But, it all means the same thing – energy or “life-force.”

We are born with a specific amount of energy that is passed down from our ancestors. That energy determines the length and the quality of our life. Beyond that, we acquire energy from our daily food and lifestyle choices.

There are many functions going on inside our body that we aren’t even aware of that use energy: The autonomic nervous, the digestive system, the endocrine system, and the respiratory system, etc. To simply blink an eyelash requires energy. And, as we use energy, we need to replenish it.

Your cell phone doesn’t run forever without being recharged. We have to plug it in to some type of energy source to recharge it on a daily basis. And, then eventually, that cell phone won’t function anymore after it’s reached its capacity for usage. Just like our cell phones, we need to plug in and recharge. And, then of course, there will come a time when we are just not rechargeable anymore. At least, not in this body. That’s life.

But, until that time comes, you can plug in and recharge all the time. There is an abundance of energy sources that include food, water, air, earth, sunshine, specific physical exercises, and spiritual connection to a higher power, god or the universe. Today, we’re focusing mainly on food and how the quality of it can either enhance or deplete our “acquired” energy levels.


Here’s how to recharge using clean energy: Buy food that has not been sprayed or grown with pesticides. Pesticides kill bugs. It’s pretty simple… the bug eats the pesticide and dies. What is the difference between a human being and a bug? Size. We’re bigger. We’re obviously not smarter, but we’re definitely bigger. Those same pesticides designed to kill bugs, will kill us too, it just takes a longer time.

American Indian Chief Seattle warned us back in the 1800’s, “What happens to the beasts soon happens to man. We are all connected.” We are not separate from nature. We think we can pollute the earth, kill the bugs with chemicals, and those same chemicals won’t have a negative affect on us.

Many people think they can wash off pesticides. You cannot. Pesticides are sprayed onto plants and the soil around the plant. The plant uses soil as food, taking up elements from the earth into its roots. Studies have shown that pesticides are just as high on the inside of the plant as they are on the outside.

Many pesticides are KNOWN endocrine disruptors; they interfere or block communication between glands in our endocrine system. Your adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system. The adrenals are literally the batteries in the human body. They are responsible for communication between cells, production of hormones, immunity, energy levels and endurance. If you want enhanced energy, support your adrenals and keep the endocrine disruptors out of the body! You can learn more about the Adrenals in my Nourishing Adrenal Health DVD.

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Andrea Beaman is a Natural Foods Chef, host of Fed UP! on Veria TV, the author of The Whole Truth, and an expert on alternative healing and green, sustainable living. She was also a featured contestant on Bravo’s hit reality TV show, TOP CHEF (season 1), and is a regular contributor to local and national media. Learn more at