What Are Mitochondria?
Mitochondria are peanut-shaped microscopic energy packs inside every human cell. Red blood cells are the exception.Similar to a city’s power plant, the mitochondria have the immense job of producing power to fuel the needs of a human being. Mitochondria oxidize or “burn” carbohydrates, protein and fat, turning the food you eat into ATP
(Adenosine Triphosphate). ATP provides the fuel to power muscles, heart, brain, neurons, immune function, digestion—it’s the fuel source that animates your entire body. To put it bluntly, ATP and mitochondria are crucial for life. Mitochondria’s purpose also includes assisting in the removal of toxins from the cell, namely free radicals or ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species). Imagine never taking out the trash.
What Is Mitochondrial Biogenesis?
Mitochondrial biogenesis was first described over 40 years ago by researcher John Holloszy who observed how exercise increased the number of mitochondria in a cell in order to produce more ATP and remove more cellular trash. Keeping up with the demand for cell energy and toxin removal is a critical and constant responsibility of mitochondria.
Aging, Disease and Mitochondria
Aging and disease can be measured as mitochondrial decline and dysfunction, leading to the increased production of free radicals and eventually death.
When mitochondria are infected with stealth bacteria, the body’s ability to generate energy and remove toxins is severely impaired. Dysfunctional mitochondria allow toxic disruptors to damage cells, tissues, organs and systems.
Consider a bustling apartment building where the heat, light, and trash removal have been shut down.
As we move towards health solutions that address causes rather than symptoms, mitochondrial health becomes an area researchers, care providers and health coaches can no longer afford to ignore.