#1 six effective ways to improve your mitochondrial health

Updated: Feb 3, 2020

For years the spotlight on health has been mostly about food. Many of us know that eating a good variety of fresh seasonal wholefoods provides us energy that is beneficial to our health. Although, have you ever wondered how food is ultimately converted into cellular energy and what factors could compromise this critical process?

Let me introduce you to mitochondria, the powerhouse of 37 trillion cells in our body. Each cell has hundreds to thousands of mitochondria constantly going through growth and degradation. Macronutrients from food (carbs, fat and protein) are broken down to electrons and then processed by the respiratory proteins in the mitochondria ultimately to produce cellular energy (ATP) that powers all bodily functions, from breathing, heart beating, metabolising to thinking and moving. Using the analogy of world famous Neurosurgeon Dr. Jack Kruse, mitochondria are like the engine of a car, there must be a functional engine for the car to run. If the engine is not tuned up or broken, no matter what fuel you put in, the car will not work properly.

Mitochondria provide us the energy to exist as we do, if they cease to function, we cease to be alive. Diminished mitochondrial energy production in any way results in bodily dysfunction. We only inherit mitochondria from mothers, therefore keeping healthy as a mum to-be is critical for the well-being of the offspring.

Mitochondria also perform multiple essential cellular functions beyond energy production, impacting most areas of cell biology. These include, not limited to, intracellular signaling and communicating, reprogramming of gene expression within the nucleus, regulation of inflammatory processes, immune function and brain function.

Mitochondria are critical to our overall health. Dr, Doug Wallace, the world expert in mitochondria biology, found that 85% of diseases today are related to mitochondrial dysfunction. All modern chronic diseases, including cancer, type 1&2 diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, ADHD, anxiety and depression, are proven to be mitochondrial diseases. These diseases would vanish by simply reducing mitochondrial damage.

There are several effective ways to improve mitochondrial function and reduce mitochondrial damage: