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Where does your energy come from?

We all know that we need energy in our bodies to function during our everyday activities, but how many of us know where this energy comes from?


The energy that we need to keep us moving, comes from the food that we eat – but the food first needs to be converted into a form of chemical energy which can be used by all the cells in our body.4,6 The energy source for all our tissues is a chemical known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and although a little is stored in our muscles, most of it comes from the food we eat or supplements.5,7


Food is made up of carbohydrates, fats and proteins and when we digest our food these are broken down into even smaller simpler forms (called glucose, fatty acids and amino acids).6 These are then transported in our blood and are either converted into energy, or stored in our bodies and can be used later when we need it.6 Glucose gives you quick energy and any extra glucose is stored in the liver for later use.6 Fats are used for energy once they are broken down into fatty acids to make cell linings and hormones and extra is stored in fat cells.6 Protein can also be used for energy after they have made the necessary hormones, muscles and other proteins that our body requires.6


Cells in our body require a constant source of energy to stay alive and there are energy systems that our body uses to make ATP for energy.7 Glucose and other food molecules are broken down by controlled stepwise oxidation to provide chemical energy in the form of ATP and NADH.7 Through the production of ATP, the energy derived from the breakdown of sugars and fats is redistributed as packets of chemical energy in a form convenient for use elsewhere in the cell.7

What could be zapping your energy?

We all feel drained of energy from time to time and there are medical reasons for this (which we won’t cover, but consider a medical check-up to rule anything out), but there are also numerous non-medical energy-zappers that you should be aware of.


Sugar provides energy but sugar is a quick-fix and leads to a slump afterwards. If you do need an energy boost, make sure that that you have a healthy snack that releases energy slowly.8 Make sure that the snack contains some protein as this will keep your blood sugar stable for longer, as well as carbohydrates which will give you the quick boost.1 Food provides us with the energy that we need to function so missing meals and leaving long gaps between eating will also make you feel drained.8


Water is also important in our diets. Most people don’t drink enough water. Being dehydrated and not taking in enough water can make us feel sluggish. Water keeps everything in our system flowing. It flushes out the toxins in the body, keeps us hydrated and keeps our energy levels up.8


Lack of sleep will definitely leave you feeling drained. Many things can cause lack of sleep but one of the more common ones is caffeine. Caffeine will make you feel wired but then leave you tired, as it disrupts the natural sleep pattern, keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep.8 Other things keeping you awake could be stress or anxiety, illness, noise, light, alcohol, anger or depression.8


Exercise is energising and makes us feel invigorated and alive. Exercise energizes us physically, mentally and emotionally and results in the release of feel-good hormones. The less you exercise, the less fit you are and even everyday life becomes more of an effort. In the same breath however, too much exercise is an energy zapper depleting our energy reserves and causes fatigue – you will feel constantly tired and need to cut back.8


Other things that could be causing a lack of energy are stress, lack of self-esteem, spending time doing things you really do not want to do, being disorganised or having clutter around you (looking for things that are lost or misplaced is a huge energy drainer) and having negative people around you.8


If you are feeling drained – take time to look around you and see what could be zapping your energy.

What is Vita-thion®?

Vita-thion® is an energy supplement for people who want more of the body’s source of energy to keep them going throughout the day. Vita-thion® contains ATP which stands for adenosine triphosphate, and it is considered to be the energy source for our tissues.5 It is found in every cell in our body and stores the energy that we need, to do just about everything we do.5


Vita-thion® is available in Granules, Fizzy Tablet and EXTRA effervescent tablets. The Vita-thion® EXTRA effervescent tablets contain vitamins, minerals and also ginseng. Ginseng is a well-known active ingredient that assists in reducing fatigue, increasing the capacity for work and concentration and enhancing natural resistance and recuperative power.2,9


Vita-thion® Granules can be given to adults and children as young as two years old, dissolved in water and the Fizzy Tablet can be used by adults and children older than 5 years of age – again dissolved in water.1,3 The Vita-thion® EXTRA effervescent tablets are for adults and children from 10 years old.2 These Vita-thion® EXTRA effervescent tablets are especially useful for students, sports people, the elderly, convalescents and post-operative patients.2


Vita-thion® EXTRA does not contain sugar.2 The vitamin C in the effervescent tablets is an antioxidant and helps maintain healthy gums, skin and connective tissue while all the various vitamin B’s help in the conversion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates into energy and keep the nerves functioning well.2 The product contains vitamins A, C and D for healthy skin, hair, nails, bones and teeth, and maintains healthy nervous system metabolism.2


Taking Vita-thion® not only gives you energy to see you through a busy day, but it also helps with the maintenance of good health and vitality2 – something that we all strive towards in our busy lives.

How you can keep your energy levels topped up?

The word energy is derived from the Greek word ‘energeia’ meaning activity.10 There are also activities and situations like studying, working and being a parent, or all three together, that zap your energy – so how can you make sure that your energy flow is topped up to prevent you feeling drained?


It is important to eat breakfast. Breakfast is named this for a reason – you are breaking the fast from when you had your dinner the night before.


Our body uses carbohydrates for energy and proteins help sustain energy when needed.6 Fats make us feel satisfied and all these three should be included in your meal.6 Glucose from carbohydrates, gives you quick energy and any extra glucose is stored in the liver for later use.6 Fats are used for energy once they are broken down into fatty acids to make cell linings and hormones and extra is stored in fat cells.6 Protein can also be used for energy after they have made the necessary hormones, muscles and other proteins that our body requires.6


There are a host of other things that you can do to boost your energy. Experts agree that physical exercise, such as walking, increases energy even though it would seem that it would zap more energy – so get moving and take a walk around the block.11 Dehydration zaps energy and impairs physical performance as well as decreasing alertness and concentration so make sure you drink enough water during the day.11 This is especially important after exercise when your body craves fluids and you need an energy boost.


Another obvious way to increase low energy levels is to take a supplement – these support the cycles in the production of energy. One of these is Vita-thion® which is the only energy tonic to contain ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is the primary source of energy for most functions within the cell.5 Vita-thion® provides sustained natural energy and contains vitamin B1, necessary for the release of energy from glucose and helps the body to turn fats, protein and carbohydrates into energy.1,2,3 Vita-thion® EXTRA effervescent tablets also contains other vitamins and minerals for the maintenance of good health and vitality.2

Why is ATP in Vita-thion® so important?

The food that we eat (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) is broken down to provide energy in the form of ATP, used as fuel for reactions in our bodies, which keep us alive.7 Our body converts food to a common energy currency which is ATP or adenosine triphosphate. ATP is the high energy molecule that stores the energy we need to do just about everything we do, and it is found in every cell in our body.7 It provides the energy for most biological processes.7


All living cells must create order within themselves to survive and grow and this is only possible with a continuous input of energy.12 The ultimate source of energy for living cells is sunlight, captured by plants and stored in carbohydrates.12 Animals get energy from eating carbohydrates and using them in reactions that involve ATP or adenosine triphosphate (which is also found in Vita-thion®).12 ATP is known to be the energy source for our tissues and ATP was first discovered in muscle tissue, by Karl Lohmann in 1929 in Germany.12


Glucose and other food molecules are broken to provide chemical energy in the form of ATP and NADH.7 There are three main sets of reactions – the products of each being the starting material for the next: glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation.7 The intermediate products of glycolysis and the citric acid cycle are used both as sources of metabolic energy and to produce many of the small molecules used as the raw materials for biosynthesis.7 Cells store sugar molecules as glycogen in animals and starch in plants; both plants and animals also use fats as a food store.7 This food store is used as a major source of food for humans, along with the proteins that that are found in the foods that we eat.7


Another obvious way to increase low energy levels is to take a supplement like Vita-thion® which contains ATP. Vita-thion® provides sustained natural energy and also contains vitamin B1, necessary for the release of energy from glucose.1,2,3 It also contains other vitamins and minerals for the maintenance of good health and vitality.1,2,3


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