Below you can see how vitamins and minerals get depleted and why this zaps your body of energy. The Kreb’s Cycle is the process of converting food into energy and takes place in the mitochondria (powerhouse) of your cells. Fat and protein are the preferred energy sources, with B-vitamins, magnesium, choline, and manganese as crucial nutrient factors to the energy cycle working properly.

If you consume sugar, refined flour based carbs, excess coffee, excess alcohol, and use antacids, antibiotics or birth control, you are going to deplete the nutrients needed to run the energy cycle. ATP (energy) especially relies on magnesium, which is low in our diet and depleted by many factors. Coffee and alcohol deplete b-vitamins and magnesium, creating sluggish natural energy by tapping the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline for energy. This creates the coffee/dependence cycle.

Can you enjoy a beer or glass of wine at night without struggling to sleep or get out of bed in the morning? Can you have a cup of coffee in the morning without feeling jittery, anxious or crashing mid-afternoon? Yes, some lucky people are not affected. But for others, it depends on how many categories of depletions you have from the chart above, your current state of health, and your individual genetic biochemistry for stimulants and depressants. You can actually see how your body handles coffee and alcohol genetically through Nutrition Genome.


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Citric Acid Cycle Legend

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1. Alcohol and CoQ10:
2. Alcohol and B12 in post-menopausal women:
3. Alcohol and B12/folate in men:
4. Alcohol and magnesium:
5. Citric Acid Cycle:
6. A. L. Peace-Brewer, PhD, Genova Diagnostics