This body function is on a small cellular scale. Building health and energy comes from optimization for your mitochondria energy.
What are mitochondria? What is mitochondria function?
Mitochondria are “small bodies” within your cells. They are the energy factories of your cells.
They act like a “digestive system” which takes nutrients into the cell, breaks them down, and creates energy for the cell. The biochemical processes of the cell are known as cellular respiration. Many of the reactions involved in cellular respiration happen in the mitochondria. Mitochondria keep the cell full of energy.
Mitochondria float free throughout the cell. Some cells have several thousand mitochondria while others have none. For instance, muscle cells need a lot of energy so they have a lot of mitochondria. Neurons (cells that transmit nerve impulses) don’t need as many. If a cell feels it is not getting enough energy to survive, more mitochondria can be created. It depends on the needs of the cell.
If mitochondria aren’t functioning properly, your cells aren’t fed. All of the energy you make stems from these tiny machines.
Diet, lifestyle, and environmental toxins can all stop the mitochondria from functioning properly, leaving you ill or fatigued.
What can slow down these energy producing machines?
Some contributors to mitochondrial damage include environmental toxins, toxins in your food, poor diet that includes refined carbohydrates and added sugars, etc. The result could be inflammation, and other conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, infertility, or neural degeneration.
To restore optimal function, consider a regimen that avoids packaged, processed foods and take healthy supplements. As well, incorporate light exercise and proper breathing.
How to avoid Mitochondria Damage?
As with any cell in the body, healthy Mitochondria need specific nutrients to work right – especially vitamin B1 (thiamin) and magnesium. These two nutrients are the main fuel igniters and act as the spark plug that allows your food or stored fat to be burned as energy.
Increase energy by regenerating the mitochondria, the energy “powerhouse” in every cell.
*Studies from PubMed.gov
Microbe-mitochondrion crosstalk and health
Mitochondria: in sickness and in health.
Neurodegeneration as a consequence of failed mitochondrial maintenance
Cell Biology of the Mitochondrion
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