MOST OF US GET FA­TIGUED AT TIMES BUT FOR SOME OF US, EVEN WHEN WE REST, OUR EN­ERGY LEV­ELS RE­MAIN LOW. THIS COULD BE DUE TO YOUR MITOCHONDRIA NOT WORK­ING PROP­ERLY.

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In every one of our cells, we have other smaller cell-like struc­tures that pro­duce the elec­tri­cal en­ergy that fuels every one of our func­tions. If you com­pare the hu­man body to a car which has an en­gine pro­vid­ing the power for move­ment, th­ese mitochondria are like the en­gine power houses of our cells. Our body is made up of tril­lions of cells that have dif­fer­ent pur­poses, our brain, heart, mus­cles etc and they all need en­ergy to per­form their dif­fer­ent jobs. When the mitochondria can’t sup­ply enough en­ergy, then th­ese cells can’t per­form their job ef­fi­ciently which ef­fects the func­tion­ing of the whole or­gan and we get symp­toms of fa­tigue, brain fog, aching mus­cles and more. The mitochondria are made up of lots of cell mem­branes and this is where they per­form their chem­i­cal re­ac­tion of pro­duc­ing en­ergy. In or­der for this to hap­pen ef­fi­ciently you need the nu­tri­ents to make the en­ergy, as well as the cell mem­branes to be healthy. Mitochondria can be dam­aged by stress, high sugar in­take, in­flam­ma­tion from in­fec­tions (and more) and by the build up of tox­ins in our bod­ies. When our mitochondria don’t work prop­erly we can de­velop sec­ondary health prob­lems such as im­mune im­bal­ances (like al­ler­gies and auto im­mune dis­or­ders), poor di­ges­tive func­tion (such as ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome) and hor­monal im­bal­ances. In or­der to im­prove your mi­to­chon­drial func­tion, nu­tri­tional sup­port is cru­cial. A diet high in nu­tri­ent-rich food-based an­tiox­i­dants from veg­eta­bles and fruit is cru­cial as is ad­e­quate and well-ab­sorbed pro­tein (I find good qual­ity or­ganic rice pro­tein pow­ders ben­e­fi­cial), re­duc­ing high gly­caemic in­dex foods and ad­e­quate mag­ne­sium re­place­ment. Other nu­tri­tional sup­port that has shown to im­prove mi­to­chon­drial func­tion in­clude Co-en­zyme Q10, vi­ta­min B3 and acetyl L-car­ni­tine. A good piece of news for cof­fee lovers is that the en­zyme that helps re­cy­cle the ATP com­pound for en­ergy pro­duc­tion in the mitochondria is ac­ti­vated by caf­feine. But keep it to only 1-3 cups a day. It is im­por­tant to have a check up and blood tests with your health prac­ti­tioner to en­sure there isn’t an­other cause to your fa­tigue but sup­port­ing your mitochondria can as­sist with your body func­tion­ing more ef­fi­ciently.

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