I was early for my presentation at the university so slipped quietly into a chair at the rear of the lecture hall. There was a lot of heat in the room and it wasn’t from old sol! Evidently the last homework assignment had directed students to describe human beings using just one word (human and mammal were off limits). Most of the students hadn’t been able to limit their answer to one word. The closing bell rang amid a lively debate.

A few minutes later as I prepared to begin my lecture, a student asked, “What word would you have used for this assignment?”

“Energy,” I answered. It had not been one of the words mentioned during the previous class discussion.

“Energy!” several students chorused! “Why energy?” Since my lecture related to immune system function, this was as good a place as any to begin, and better than most if the students were already interested.

“Because energy can be defined as the capacity of being, doing, and acting,” I replied. “If that doesn’t describe what human beings are all about, I don’t know what does!” There were a few murmurs. “Nothing in life is free,” I continued. “You always give up something to get something. The basic medium of exchange is energy. You pay—not with money, or talent, or high-tech commodities—with energy. In fact, authors of the book, The Power of Full Engagement, define energy as the fundamental currency of high performance.”

A country’s wealth is often described in terms of natural resources. In the 21st century, individual wealth will likely come to be described in similar terms, as well. That is, how many natural resources do you possess in terms of energy? The amounts of and types of energy you have to expend are important, because energy impacts everything you do. All you are is energy!

I wrote the words Eight Basic Energies on the chalkboard. “All types of energy are forms of your life force,” I explained. “They include physical, mental, initiative, preventive, cleaning, healing, longevity, and sexual energies. You need them all!”

According to The American Commission on Anti-Aging, specific micronutrients are believed to be associated with helping to ensure that the brain-body can generate the vital energy you require.

Physical Energy provides power for physical activity. Use this natural resource judiciously. Avoid wasting vital energy on activities that would put your life out of balance. Keep a surplus in your energy bank. Obtain at least 30 minutes of physical exercise every day. Summary Table:


Physical Energy—the power for physical activity. (Carbohydrates form the basic food source for energy and stamina.)


  • Green Barley Grass and Green Kamut. Renowned for the horse power stamina they contribute to race horses and used by athletes to achieve endurance.


  • Inulin. A complex carbohydrate that provides most of the physiological benefits of dietary fiber. Helps to promote endurance.


  • Rice Maltodextrin.


  • Spirulina. Favored by athletes to provide exceptional stamina.

Mental Energy provides power for intellectual and emotional activity. Use this natural resource in balance with physical exercise. In general, the brain tends to consume more energy than any other organ, but it doesn’t store much energy because it is housed in a rigid skull. Plant-grown vitamins, minerals, and enzymes are key for mental energy. Obtain at least 30 minutes of challenging mental exercise every day. It’s use it or lose it. Summary Table:

2Mental Energy—the power for intellectual and emotional activity.


  • Plant-grown vitamins, minerals and enzymes (Vegetarian Enzyme Complex, Spirulina, Green Barley Grass, Green Kamut)


  • Lecithin (Tofu powder). Source of B vitamins such as Choline, a resource used by the body to manufacture acetylcholine, the primary neurotransmitter.


  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid). An antioxidant needed by every cell in the body (approximately 100 times more concentrated in the brain). Helps to maintain integrity of cell membrane. Burned in copious amounts during stress.

Initiative Energy provides power to take action. This natural resource derives from combining a positive mind set and alert brain plus a healthy, vigorous body. Use it wisely! It determines, in part, how much you accomplish in life and how successful you perceive yourself to be. Summary table:

3Initiative Energy—the power to take action.


  • Micronutrients lised under Physical Energy and Mental Energy.


  • Adaptogens (Siberian Ginseng). Believed to improve the efficiency of the body’s mechanism for responding appropriately to stress.


  • Coenzyme Q10. An antioxidant enzyme produced by the liver. Associated with energy production at the cellular level. Individuals over the age of fifty who lead a stressful life, have less than optimal dietary habits, and who live in polluted areas are at risk for having a Q10 deficiency. Has been linked to a decrease in susceptibility to a wide range of symptoms of ill health.

Preventive Energy provides power for making it easier for the immune system to keep you well. Use this natural resource to achieve optimum levels of health and wellness. View it as insurance, and keep your policy up to date! As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Summary Table:


Preventive Energy—the power of making it easier for the body to avoid developing symptoms of illness and immune system dis-ease.


  • Antioxidants (Vitamins C and E, Beta-carotene, Milk Thistle Extract) act as electron donors and help to reduce free radical damage. Some of the antioxidants have been linked to longevity.


  • Phytochemicals (High Lycopene Tomato Concentrate, High Allicin Potential Garlic concentrate, Organic Reishi and Shitake Mushroom Extract). Compounds believed to play a role in the prevention of cancer and in the reduction of its proliferative process. Thought to contribute to the health of cardiovascular system.


  • Superoxide Dismutase (SOD). An antioxidant enzyme believed to help diminish undesirable cross-linking of molecules. Cross-linking has been associated with skin wrinkling, high blood pressure, cancer, gene mutation and cell-replication errors.


  • Selenium (L Selenomethionine).A powerful immune system stimulator. Population studies show that where this mineral intake is lowest, cancer rates are highest.


  • Coenzyme Q10. An antioxidant enzyme produced by the liver that is believed to decrease with the aging process.

Cleaning Energy provides power to keep cells in the brain and body clean and healthy. Use this natural resource, in conjunction with preventive energy, to keep ahead of the potential mess! Summary Table:


Cleaning Energy—the power to keep body cells clean and healthy.


  • Antioxidant enzymes (SOD, Q10). Believed to help keep cells clean and youthful.


  • Chlorophyll (Spirulina, Green Barley Grass, Green Kamut). Highly regarded among natural healing practitioners as a powerful cleanser, deodorizer and purifier.


  • N Acetyl Cysteine, Dandelion, and Milk Thistle. May function as mild liver cleansers.

Healing Energy provides the power to make it easier for the body to heal itself when symptoms of dis-ease occur. Use this natural resource to help you rebound if you do succumb to illness. Treat it with care and keep it with you at all times. Remember that in general, if the body heals it heals itself. You can make it easier or more difficult for this to occur. Summary Table:


Healing Energy—the power to make it easier for the body to heal from illness and/or dis-ease.


  • Carotene (high lycopene tomato concentrate, carrot powder, beta carotene). The body can convert carotenes into Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha (TNF) used by the immune system to assist in destroying invaders and mutant cells.


  • Adaptogens to help the body manage stress.


  • Vitamins C and E.

Longevity Energy provides power to retard and resist the onset of symptoms of aging. Use this natural resource to impact both quantity and quality of your life. Think of it as proportional to the antioxidant resources that are left over at the end of the day after all the essential chores in the cells have been completed, and which can be invested in preservation. Summary Table:


Longevity Energy—the power to retard the onset of symptoms of aging.


  • Antioxidants (Vitamins C and E, Beta Carotene, Milk Thistle Extract, SOD, Q10).


  • Botanical compounds and antioxidant enzymes (Milk Thistle, Spirulina, Green Barley Grass).


  • Adaptogens to help the body manage stress.

Sexual Energy provides power to own and exhibit your gender-unique characteristics. This energy involves far more than sexual activity (sexual intimacy is only one type of intimacy). It involves a state of being. Use this natural resource to help you be all that you can be as a member of your gender. Summary Table:


Sexual Energy—the power to own and exhibit one’s gender-unique characteristics and to participate in sexual activities, if desired.


  • Adaptogens (Siberian Ginseng). Believed to contribute to efficiency of body processes and, thereby, contribute to overall well-being.


  • Vitamin E. Has been called the sexual vitamin by some researchers. Its powerful antioxidant effects can help to protect cells from toxins which, in turn, promotes a sense of well being, a prerequisite for feeling amorous.


  • Lecithin (soy beans and tofu). For females, lecithin is an important component of natural lubrication; for males it can help to replace lecithin lost with semen.

Time flew by as the students became absorbed in the discussion. It was eye-opening when they began to disclose the type of food they typically ate. Some had not had a fresh green salad for weeks! “Deep green leafy vegetables and the green super foods contain five elements not typically found in other foods,” I reminded them. These elements are:

  • Chlorophyll that helps to oxygenate the body and decrease susceptibility to disease
  • Trace minerals that help to trigger growth, act as cofactors, and strengthen the immune system
  • Phytochemicals that detoxify, cleanse, and enhance the immune system at the cellular level
  • Polypeptides that build lean connective tissue and decrease susceptibility to stress
  • Enzymes that serve as catalysts within the body and help to rejuvenate the immune system

All too soon the class period was over and it was time to leave. On the drive home I chuckled as I thought about the dinner-table conversations, related to energy and foods, that might occur later that day.

As you may already know, nearly all the micronutrients mentioned in the Summary Tables are found in EnerPrime™. How is your energy? Need more? Consider EnerPrime™!

©Arlene R. Taylor PhD, Realizations Inc 


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