Feeling tired, absent-minded, old? Don’t blame it on your “age”.
It’s simply time to beef up your mitochondria
What is mitochondria? Mitochondria are tiny factories in our cells that turn food and oxygen into energy. The more “mitos” we have the faster our metabolic rate. The more efficiently we burn and regenerate them determine how how energetic we feel and how clearly we think. Having healthy mitos also helps us prevent disease and lead longer healthier, more youthful lives.
Tips for Giving Your “Mitos” a Tune-up
- Interval training: You gotta get that heart rate UP several times a week to keep your mitos on their toes. Combining cardio and strength building in your exercise regimen increases the efficiency and function of your mitochondria, which increases the amount of muscle and the number of mitochondria (check!)
- Eat less processed food, sugar, and empty calories
- Detoxify by getting rid of environmental and internal toxins
- Eat whole, real, colorful plant food: fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains every day. These foods are full of antioxidants.
- Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as hobbies, stretching, and hiking
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption which can damage mitochondria.
Alternative mitochondria boosting solutions gaining traction in studies:
- Dry saunas expose the body to high temperatures, which causes stress. This stress response triggers the release of heat shock proteins (HSPs). HSPs are proteins that help to protect cells from damage. They also play a role in mitochondrial regeneration.
- Infrared light therapy is a type of light that can penetrate deeper into the skin and tissues to treat a variety of conditions, including pain, inflammation, and wound healing. It is thought that infrared light works by increasing blood flow and circulation, which can help deliver nutrients and oxygen to the tissues to promote healing and help improve mitochondrial function.
- Massage therapy involves the manipulation of soft tissues, such as muscles, skin, and connective tissue. It is thought that massage works by increasing blood flow and circulation, which can help deliver nutrients and oxygen to the tissues, promote healing, and improve mitochondrial function.