Updated: Feb 3
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:
1. Expose to sunlight at maximum level especially at sunrise
We are photoelectric beings and powered by sunlight. The photoreceptors in our eyes and skin receive sunlight frequencies which in turn drives all biochemistry in our body. The day and night cycle sets our circadian rhythm.
2. Block artificial blue light at night
While full spectrum sunlight is our life force, artificial light especially at night messes up our body’s circadian clock. It suppresses melatonin production causing sleep issues and damage to mitochondrial DNA. It lowers dopamine levels and destroys DHA which is fundamental for the flow of electrons to cells.
3. Reduce non-native electromagnetic fields (nnEMF) exposure
Human beings should be coherent with nature’s EMF. Today, nnEMF on earth is quintillion (18 zeros) times more than that of nature. Almost all modern-day equipment emits nnEMFs, for example, radio frequencies from wifi-enabled smartphones and tablets, cordless phones, wifi routers, smart meters, bluetooth and baby monitors, and dirty electricity from electrical wiring of buildings. The biological effects of nnEMFs on the body have been documented by many studies, including increases rates of different types of cancer, changes the circadian sleep cycle and increase in heteroplasmy, genetic damage and mutation, impairment of the immune system, changes in various neurotransmitters, brain tissues and the permeability of the blood-brain barrier.
4. Increase DHA consumption from natural sources
Cell membranes are loaded with DHA (aka fish oil) for the cells to collect electrons and convert sunlight into DC current. DHA is particularly abundant in the eye and brain cells because these cells collect and transform a large amount of light.
5. Embrace cold thermogenesis (CT)
Exposure to cold causes our body to release heat which in turn brings the respiratory proteins in mitochondria closer thus making energy production more efficient.
6. Get grounding / earthing into daily life
As electric beings, we pick up electrons or negative charges from the Earth itself when connected to the Earth as it carries a negative charge.
Mind your mitochondria, because happy mitochondria, happy life.