Energy Production Neurological Challenge

What Does It Test For?

This test is to check your ability to produce energy or ATP.  This energy is necessary for everything from running and jumping to simply being able to think straight.  We all learned a little about it in high school when we called it the Krebs cycle or Citric Acid Cycle which helps us convert our carbohydrates, fats and proteins into usable energy.  Another name for this process is Cellular Respiration, meaning it is necessary in almost all cells in the body.

What Is The Test?

There are two main ways that I perform this challenge.  The first method is to have you rebreathe into a paper bag.  By doing this, you create a small and temporary increase in CO2 (carbon dioxide).  If rebreathing into a bag strengthens you, increases your flexibility or decreases pain, this is an indication that you will benefit from improving your Krebs Cycle metabolism.  Specific testing vials combined with manual muscle testing can also be used to assess the Krebs cycle.

What Does It Mean?

Pretty much everyone that comes into my office is tired.  Some are tired and wired, but most are experiencing some sort of fatigue.  Given that this challenge tests the major way in which the body produces energy, it is a good challenge to perform on almost all patients.

You can actually try this test at home and rebreathe into a bag 8-10 times and see if it helps your pain or problem decrease.  If it helps, this may be something you need to look into and if it doesn’t help, it gives you an indication that you need to dig a little deeper into why you are tired.

Supplements for Energy Production

The main supplements that support energy production are B1, B2, B3, Manganese, B5, Lipoic Acid, Biotin, Magnesium, Phosphorus, B6, CoQ10, Iron and Copper.  Note:  You can’t go and just buy a multi-B-vitamin and hope to get energy.  Most people are deficient in one or two specific nutrients.

Foods for Energy

FAT is the best source of energy.  We all inherently know that as everyone knows that fat has the most “calories.”  Calories equal energy.  Other “whole” or “real” foods also provide the adequate nutrients like the vitamins and minerals listed above, so that the Krebs cycle can work without supplementation.

Some of the most nutrient dense foods are organ meats, grass-fed butter, eggs, raw milk, grass-fed beef, wild salmon, bone broth and any herb or spice.  Whether you are “Paleo” or not, the Paleo diet is very nutrient dense and is a good starting point most anyone’s diet.

The most nutrient poor foods are processed foods, refined carbohydrates and processed meats.