When was the last time you felt 100% well?
The stresses and pressures of modern life have left many of us feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and with little time or energy to take care of ourselves. Now our bodies are beginning to pay the price. Perhaps you are suffering from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, IBS, anxiety and headaches. These are all symptoms that could be impacting your life.
Whether you have less energy than you used to have or you’re suffering with post viral fatigue, feeling exhausted all the time can really impact your life. I am passionate about restoring your health and increasing your energy levels by focusing on your mitochondria.
Mitochondria are known as the ‘powerhouses’ of the cell. They are structures in every cell that make energy (ATP) by using oxygen and nutrients from food. The brain, heart, nerves, muscles and organs all have the highest concentration of mitochondria. However, as we age, mitochondria decline in numbers and produce less ATP. So whilst mitochondrial function is a natural part of ageing, decline is also associated with environmental factors such as, stress, childhood trauma, medications, alcohol, mould, poor sleep and poor diet.
When the mitochondria are working well, they help to reduce fatigue, pain, and cognitive problems while supporting muscle mass and burning excess fat. Damage to the mitochondria can be the result of eating foods that encourage generalized inflammation and pain.
Eating processed foods, high in refined sugars are inflammatory and can lead to mitochondrial problems that may lower energy and disrupt the immune system. Healthy mitochondria are pivotal for cellular survival, overall vitality, and graceful aging.
Signs of poor mitochondrial function include fatigue, poor memory, vision problems, digestive problems, muscle weakness, fibromyalgia, depression, whereas when mitochondria are healthy and in abundance, benefits include:
lower oxidative stress
increased metabolic function
increased energy levels and exercise performance
lower body fat
increased lean muscle mass
lower age-related deterioration
How can you power up your Mitochondria?
Your batteries need adequate macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates), along with Co-enzyme Q10, B vitamins and antioxidants. Phytonutrient-rich fruit and vegetables supply many of these nutrients, but most people do not eat enough of them on a daily basis in order to reach adequate levels.
Tips to Increase your energy:
· Eat vegetables and herbs, including all the colours of the rainbow
· Include healthy fats such as avocados and olive oil
· Eat good quality protein with every meal
· Stay hydrated
· Keep moving
· Practice Heart Focused breathing
· Get enough sleep
· Avoid sugar, alcohol and caffeine
· Supplements to support mitochondria