Who doesn’t want to live a longer, healthier life?
What if we told you that you can enlist the cells in your own body to support increased longevity and minimize the effects of aging?
Meet your mitochondria. Mitochondria are the mighty, energy-producing powerhouses within all of our cells.To give you an idea of how critical they are to our everyday lives, mitochondria account for nearly 90 percent of all the energy your body produces – energy we use for just about everything we do, whether it’s walking, working, thinking, breathing or all of the other body processes we maintain without a second thought.
Research now shows that there is a direct correlation between the health of our mitochondria and our overall health, specifically as protectors against cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and obesity.
Signs of Poor mitochondriAL Health
Some common symptoms of mitochondrial dysfunction include:
- chronic pain
- slow metabolism
- digestive disorders
- brain fog
- blood sugar irregularities
In extreme cases, mitochondrial disease can result in:
- thyroid or adrenal dysfunction
- increased risk of infection
- memory loss
Citing these examples, it’s easy to see how essential mitochondria are to our long-term health. But, how can we give them a boost to assure that we optimize our quality and duration of life?
Read on for our top tips on boosting your mitochondria!
How to boost your mitochondria
Stimulating your mitochondria is relatively simple. Small dietary and lifestyle changes go a long way to supporting longevity and a happier, healthier you.
Our mitochondria SUFFER in the presence of:
● A diet that is high in processed and high-carbohydrate food
● Toxin overload
Our mitochondria are HEALTHIEST with:
● A ketogenic-type diet that is high in healthy fats, low in carbohydrates
● A healthy environment with good air quality and low physical and mental stress
● Regular, daily exercise
Here are four simple ways that have been shown to improve mitochondrial health and, in the process, advance your overall longevity and good health.
1. Adopt Some Ketogenic Eating Habits:
Adopt a ketogenic-type diet by increasing your intake of healthy fats and reducing your carbohydrates. When your mitochondria utilize fatty acids to create the ATP they need to produce energy, energy is produced more efficiently and creates fewer free radical byproducts. You may also want to consider intermittent fasting. During short bursts of caloric restriction, your mitochondria adapt to increase oxygen efficiency and reduce oxidative stress byproducts and free radical production.
2. Do Some High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Every Day:
The job of your mitochondria is to produce energy. If you exercise regularly and expend that energy, your mitochondria will be forced to synthesize proteins to make more. In particular, HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) has been scientifically proven to help improve mitochondria’s function.
3. Invest in Targeted Nutritional Supplementation:
At Bennulife, we focus on the whole picture, and most especially on encouraging improvement at the cellular level. We recommend our Mitochondrial Renewal Kit as it provides the targeted care you need to improve mitochondrial health. In addition, supplementing with omega-3s and B vitamins is also critical as they enhance mitochondrial quality and help to support the mitochondria’s protective membranes.
4. Prioritize Good Quality Sleep:
One scientific study concluded that sleep disorders are a significant contributor to mitochondrial disease. Sleep apnea, in particular, is an indicator of cellular energy failure and, over time, it can result in degenerative changes to the body’s central neurological systems as well as neuromuscular systems. Getting a good night’s sleep not only recharges your brain, it does so for every cell in your body.
In other words, your mitochondria are conspiring with your brain while you sleep to help you renew, refresh, and recharge.
Taking a proactive approach to your cellular health
In conclusion, it’s hard to think about taking care of something when you can’t see it on the surface. In fact, when we are faced with illness or disease, we rarely attribute it back to our mitochondrial health. Our mitochondria do so much for us; they create energy, burn calories, and delay the aging process, so it’s easy to see why it is so important to take a proactive stance.
Let’s all start treating our little energy engines a little better! If you would like to learn more about how you can improve your mitochondrial health, reach out today.