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Energy Definition in the human body
All living things, plants and animals, require a continual supply of energy in order to function. The energy is used for all the processes
which keep the organism alive. Some of these processes occur continually, such as the metabolism of foods, the synthesis of large,
biologically important molecules, e.g. proteins and DNA, and the transport of molecules and ions throughout the organism. Other processes
occur only at certain times, such as muscle contraction and other cellular movements. Animals obtain their energy by oxidation of foods,
plants do so by trapping the sunlight using chlorophyll. However, before the energy can be used, it is first transformed into a form which
the organism can handle easily. This special carrier of energy is the molecule adenosine
triphosphate, or ATP. ATP is considered by biologists to be the currency of life.
Body's Energy requirements
Understanding your body's energy requirements can help guide you when making nutritional choices. There are two ways to determine your
energy requirements - the accurate way and the easy way. Both will give you an idea of how much is required of normal (sedantary) work or
active physical exercise. This is important to enable monitoring of needs, usage and replenishment.
Body's Energy sources and usage
Our food digestion system (mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine) helps us to absorb energy and nutrients from food.
Carbohydrate, fats and protein are each digested differently within the digestive tract, but surplus calories from these three micronutrients
are ALL converted to body fat and stored as adipose tissue. Malabsorption in the gut, bad eating habits, viral or bacteriological infections
can cause a range of digestive conditions including: Indigestion, Constipation, Diarrhea, Gastroenteritis, and other digestion problems,
including food poisoning.
The body follows an order of priority in fuel-burning. Our food fuel comprises the protein, carbohydrate, fat and alcohol we eat. But the
exact mixture our body uses typically varies according to circumstances (eg. our physical activity, our last meal etc.). There is an "order
of priority" that dictates which fuels are burned first. Alcohol calories are burned first. This is because we cannot store alcohol energy.
Next, we burn protein, then carbohydrates, then fat. In practice, however, we typically burn a "mixture" of carbs and fat, with the ratio
being dependent on meals. Just after meals we burn mainly carbohydrate, while between meals we burn more fat.
Body's Energy Depleter
The body's energy can be depleted through various foods or actions. These include consuming too much alcohol, refined sugar and other foods
such as fats. Lack of sleep, insufficient exercise and too much stress can also be reasons for fatigue. Finally the organs of the body such
as the thyroid and the condition of blood can disrupt the body's ability to maintain and control energy levels.
Osumex LB17 live probiotic - protects the gastrointestinal tract so that it is efficient in
absorbing nutrients consumed to provide and maintain the energy needs of the body.
LB17 probiotic contains 17 strains of live active and viable friendly bacteria.
Upon consumption, you can
generally feel the bacteria working and the beneficial effects within 24-48 hours. LB17 probiotic is essential to good digestive health
Each box contains 60 caps.
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The above information is provided for general
educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace competent
health care advice received from a knowledgeable healthcare professional.
You are urged to seek healthcare advice for the treatment of any
illness or disease.
The Food Standards Agency (UK) has not evaluated these
statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent