Many years ago, I was a healthy, active, energetic 24-year-old in a brief stint of living and working on a communal farm in Israel when I contracted the Epstein-Barr virus and came down with a severe case of mononucleosis (also known as “glandular fever” or “the kissing disease”).
I had no idea that I would spend nearly a year trying to recover my health, well-being, and energy. I went from loving my full-throttle life to being incapable of getting out of bed. My throat became so sore, swollen, and filled with pus that I couldn’t eat anything but soup, and I rapidly lost more than 30 pounds of muscle mass. I lost all endurance and stamina to the point that small activities winded me and lost all my resilience such that I needed to lie in bed for 24 hours after even mild physical activity.
It was this moment that I realized: virtually no one in the medical establishment had really solved the human energy puzzle. This revelation changed the course of my life. After that point, I became utterly obsessed with making sense of the science of human energy.
For years, I wanted to do nothing more than spend all day, every day digging into the scientific literature and piecing together an actual understanding—a true scientific framework—of the real factors that regulate and control human energy levels, why people get fatigued, and, most importantly, how to fix it. Over the last decade, a considerable body of research has been conducted revealing the real cause of fatigue: mitochondrial dysfunction.
When our mitochondria become dysfunctional or, more accurately, when they turn down energy production (for reasons we’ll discuss in depth), then they cannot produce the energy that our cells need to do their jobs. Eat for Energy is designed to help you better understand the real science behind your fatigue; the role your mitochondria play in producing and enhancing your energy; how your body works to regulate your energy levels; and how you can use nutritional strategies, targeted foods, and powerful supplements and compounds to supercharge your mitochondria, get rid of your fatigue, and experience all-day energy, every day.