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What?  Did she really misspell “mighty”?  Nope.  That was a purposeful slip, and we’re going to tell you why. So, let’s lay it out.  Who hasn’t complained of difficulty concentrating, being tired, worn out, or just plain weak?  There are many causes lurking in the background that cause mental fog, fatigue, and lack of energy.

Introducing your Mitochondria

Metal recyclable drinking straws indoorWe’re talking about your body’s source of energy, the mitochondria (mito-kon-dree-a).  Way back in high school biology, we learned that mitochondria are the “powerhouse of the cell.” Do you feel that tingling in the back of your brain in your long-term memory area?

Through a long chemical process, mitochondria take valuable nutrients from the food we eat, process them, and turn them into ATP.  ATP is the shortened form of adenosine triphosphate, our bodies’ fuel.  Just like our car uses gasoline, our body uses ATP to fuel all its actions.

Mitochondria are in every cell of your body, except red blood cells.  It is estimated that there are over one hundred thousand trillion of them in your body.  (That’s a lot of zeros!)  In addition to making the ATP, mitochondria create heat, store calcium, regulate metabolism, work with hormone signaling, and help make steroids (hormones that function in your brain and body.) They have also been found to have a role in the immune system, fighting infections.  (They are busy little guys.)

Do you have a mitochondrial issue?

            Many symptoms and diseases have been linked with poor mitochondrial function.  The symptoms can be as simple as being unable to keep up with peers (think of the slow kid in gym class) to seizures and congestive heart failure.  They also include:

  • Developmental delay or regression in developmentBrain coloed sections
  • Migraine headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  • Loss of hearing
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Tremors

For an even larger list, download the list of Mitochondrial Symptoms and Associated Diseases. You’ll be amazed at what it includes. It may make you suspicious of how well your mitochondria are working for you.

Why don’t your mitochondria work?

There are many factors that cause issues with your little powerhouses.  The combination of these is called ALLOSTATIC LOAD.

The allostatic load includes anything that is foreign to the needs of your body and must be eliminated. These substances include chemicals like pesticides and herbicides, damaging radiation, and stresses that alter the body’s function.

When these substances accumulate, they need to be cleared from the body.  If your body has a healthy mechanism in place, the substances are chemically changed. They are then removed through bile, urine, stool, breath, and sweat.  If your health is not optimal or your body is overwhelmed, these substances accumulate. This causes damage to your brain and body tissues.

Mitochondria are an easy target for toxic (foreign) substances.

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When mitochondria are damaged, they cannot produce the levels of ATP (fuel) we need to feel good.  We get achy, weak, and fatigued.  Eventually, our growing list of low energy symptoms gets defined as a disease.  We then take medications in an attempt to help the disease.  Meanwhile, medications may lead to further damage, since they are also foreign substances to our bodies.  And the cycle continues.

How can you get more mitochondria?

Thankfully, there are many ways to increase your healthy mitochondria.  By improving the numbers and health of your mitochondria, you will increase energy production. We’ll lay out some steps below:

Avoid

  1. Try to remove substances that are causing damage to your mitochondria.  One of the hidden ways we get chemicals into our system is by putting chemicals on our skin.  Try to use natural products, if possible, for skin conditioning, hair cleansing, and makeup. The Environmental Working Group is a non-partisan group that tests foods and health products for chemicals that have been shown to cause harm in humans.  They are a great resource to investigate products.
  2. Try to avoid eating For instance, if you pick up a food label and can’t easily pronounce the words – it is not natural.   Artificial sweeteners are in this category.  Also, wash your fruits and vegetables carefully to remove any pesticides or herbicides.  Better yet, try to eat organic foods. “Organic” means chemicals aren’t used to grow the food.

Increase

  1. Exercise is one of the best ways to increase your mitochondria. As your cells need more energy, there is an automatic increase in the production of mitochondria.
  2. Eat a rainbow of colors (No, not fruit loops!). The more natural colors you get in your diet, the more flavonoids and phytonutrients you get.  These are molecules of life that can activate the pathways in DNA to increase the number of new mitochondria in the cells.
  3. Get good sleep. Restful sleep allows the overall stress on your body to lower.  When this happens, the mitochondria can focus on energy production instead of the negative effects of stress.
  4. Eat less. This decreases the load of work on your mitochondria, so they do not wear out as fast.  There have been many studies regarding calorie restriction.  The results have shown that eating fewer calories leads to a longer lifespan.

Benefits of More Mitochondria

There are many benefits of having more mitochondria.  They include more energy, vitality, and endurance.  There is a reduced risk of diseases, like high blood pressure and diabetes.  Make sure to get the instant download: Mitochondrial Symptoms and Associated Diseases.

If there is one thing to learn from this blog today…….More Mitochondria = Better Brain/More Energy = Better Health! 

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