Contact Us

Latest Articles

Energise through living a balanced life – Kate Arnott

Nutrition, Our Practitioners

Where does our energy come from? What function does it play in our bodies and then where does it go?

Food is energy

The foods that we consume offer the greatest source of energy for our physical bodies and without food, we simply would not survive. We ingest food, which is metabolised to extract vital nutrients that sustain our daily movements, bodily processes and cognition.

Our muscles use this chemical energy from food to convert to heat and kinetic energy, thus enabling us movement, body temperature regulation, hormonal regulation, cognitive processing, growth and repair of tissues to name a few.

Living a balanced life

Living a balanced life supports effective energy production and any activity in excess or lack thereof, would contribute to lower energy levels.

For example, as we move our bodies in a balanced way that feels good, our muscles assist in generating ATP which contributes to our energy levels. The right amount of stress on our muscles leverages this mechanism. However, if performed in excess, to the point of muscular damage or exhaustion, we require energy to repair the damage caused. Thus, depleting our energy levels.

When we do not move enough, we do not stress our muscles enough to provide the body with energy. In both extreme instances, we do not have enough adequate energy to support vital processes such as hormone regulation, immune function and digestion. Thus, we may feel fatigued, be more prone to illness and perhaps even, depressed or lack motivation.

Under and over consuming

Food also requires a balance between macronutrients (fats, proteins and carbohydrates) in amounts that sustain our daily activities and current stage of life. This balance can quite often be tipped as we are exposed to foods that offer more than just physical replenishment but also, a sense of emotional comfort.

If we under consume, we may not have energy to perform our daily activities. However, overconsumption of nutrients can also deplete our energy as our bodies stress to metabolise the excess. Especially if the excess foods consumed are laden with chemicals, preservatives and sugar which might cause inflammation, thus requiring repair from our energy reserves.

Balance can be a challenging concept to strike for many people and so, just how can we access balance in our lives to enhance our energy levels and live more healthy, happy, fulfilled lives?

Creating balance

 Listening to your body is a concept most people have heard of, however might be unsure of how to access this relationship with themselves. Begin by slowing down, lobbing off excess stresses and being present to what you are doing in each and every moment. Move with the intention of enhancing your fitness and happiness – forget the six pack and thigh gap, that will drain your energy too. Eat with the seasons, cook your food from scratch and nourish yourself with the intention of feeling satisfied and well.

And breathe. Breathing supports the overall process of ATP production and effective oxygen distribution occurs when our muscles are flexible and strong, our bodies and minds relaxed.

Nature’s Relief Nootropic Mind

For a little bit of extra support, especially if you’re finding yourself under more stress than usual (physically or mentally) the new Nature’s Relief Nootropic blend of CBD, Cordyceps and Maca is effective for enhancing ATP production, regulating inflammatory levels, boosting endorphins and supporting the body adapt to stress. Ultimately, this will aid in supporting energy levels for optimal function.

About Kate Arnott

 Kate is a Nutrition Scientist and Yoga teacher, based in Salt Rock, KZN. She offers private coaching consultations and yoga in person and online. You can also follow Kate on her social media pages which are linked opposite.

Gut cleanse with Nixon James
Lose control with Nature’s Relief



Click on the contact information below to chat with us on WhatsApp to receive more information on any of our products or to book a consultation.