MITOCHONDRIAL MAKEOVER: HORMONE BALANCE

As we progress with the mitochondrial makeover series, we realize how mitochondria enhancement contributes to renewed health and vitality. As an added bonus, mitochondrial optimization leads to improved hormone production and balance.

Enhancing mitochondrial function and biogenesis with nutritional ketosis, intermittent fasting, high-intensity interval training and targeted supplementation, plays a tremendous role in hormone production and hormone balance. Continue reading

MITOCHONDRIAL MAKEOVER: SUPPLEMENTS

As we have reviewed previously, our mitochondria are working constantly to produce ATP cell energy to run the body and keep us vibrant and alive. The mitochondria require a constant supply of fuel, in the form of glucose, fat and ketones, to burn for energy production. Our mitochondria also require a generous supply of micronutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and polyphenols, to execute all of the chemical processes required to generate ATP.

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MITOCHONDRIAL MAKEOVER: HIIT High Intensity Interval Training

Now that we are adjusting our nutrition to reap the wellness benefits of a low-carb, high-fat diet with nutritional ketosis and intermittent fasting, lets move onto exercise!

The antiaging benefits of exercise are legend, so let’s focus on exercise in the context of our mitochondrial makeover discussions. A smart type of exercise to stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis is called HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT is an exercise strategy that involves alternating short bursts of intense exercise with brief rest or recovery periods. There are infinite HIIT program options available, and virtually any form of exercise or exercise machine can be utilized within a HIIT program. For example, HIIT can be done using body-weight exercises, treadmills, stationary bikes, jump-rope, swimming or sprinting. HIIT is, by definition, not time consuming and produces and maintains results with just a few short sessions per week. Popular forms of HIIT include: Continue reading

MITOCHONDRIAL MAKEOVER: NUTRITIONAL KETOSIS

As we progress with our dietary adjustments, we are ratcheting down our processed carbohydrate consumption and adding healthy fats to our diet. With a major goal of avoiding or at least minimizing the consumption of all processed foods, we naturally migrate towards a nutrient-dense, real-food diet, such as a Paleo or ancestral diets. Basically, eating foods available in nature that a caveman could hunt, fish, pick or find. That’s right, it’s so easy even a caveman can do it! Continue reading

MITOCHONDRIAL MAKEOVER

Anyone interested in more energy and youth?

In the next several blog posts I am going to discuss our bodies energy production and what we can do with lifestyle interventions such as diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, and hormone optimization, to increase cell energy production.

When we ramp up cell energy production, we enhance our metabolism, burn fat better, and improve our energy levels, mental focus, mood, and body composition. Continue reading

Aging Forces: Mitochondrial Dysfunction

Mitochondria are the energy producing structures inside our cells. They are traditionally referred to as the “powerhouse of the cell”. Think of mitochondria as small furnaces inside our cells that burn food to produce cell energy. The cell energy produced is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).

All cells vary in the number of mitochondria they contain. Amazing as it is, inside the trillions of cells in our body are located anywhere from 50 to 2500 mitochondria per cell. Ninety-five percent of cell energy produced occurs in the mitochondria. The high energy producing cells of the heart and brain contain the highest density of mitochondria.

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