We all require energy to get our everyday task done. Energy, in the simplest of terms, is the strength required to accomplish something.
Well our body is no different.
Our body requires energy to do its everyday task like helping us to digest, replacing cells, and even helping us to detoxify. In order to do all of these things and more our body produces its energy at a cellular level, in something called the mitochondria.
Mitochondria's are the "power house" of the cell, they generates over 90% of the bodies energy. The immune system, brain, liver, and cardiovascular system receive the majority it. This structure also produces free radicals. "Free radicals cause oxidative damage, which hinders the function of our cells and contributes to inflammation and aging".
Normally when the mitochondria is no longer doing its job, the body removes it to protect from damaging the cell. However certain factors can cause the removal process to malfunction.
These factors are:
- excess sugar
- nutrient deficiencies
- physical inactivity
When the mitochondria is no long function and the systems relying on the energy began to decline, eventually this dysfunction leads to noticeable symptoms and chronic dis-ease.
Mitochondria dysfunction has also been associated with,
- metabolic syndrome
- cardiovascular disease
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- autoimmune disorders
- frequent infections
What can we do ?
To better take care of your body there are some life style recommendations that every person should incorporate.
1. Diet: Your diet determine the amount of vitamins and minerals available to combat the free radicals the mitochondria releases. Eating a well balanced diet allows your supply of vitamins to increase. "Eating 5-7 serving of brightly colored fruits and vegetables per day."
2. Exercise: Doing physical activity for 30min to 45mins each day has shown to increase the production of the mitochondria allowing for additional energy.
3. Sleep: Restful sleep allows the body to recover and heal itself. Its recommended to sleep at least 7 to 9 hours each night, with limiting electronics before bed.
4. Avoid Excess Sugar: Excess sugar increases oxidative stress which leads to damage in the mitochondria. Restrict added sugar as much as possible.
5. Take Supplements: The following are supplements that are recommended to help with mitochondrial damage. To order, visit our dispensary.
All information presented was taken from Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center.