Let’s talk Mitochondria. Basically, let’s talk Biology. When I was in high school and my early years of college, I dreaded biology, chemistry and quite honestly, anything to do with science. It was not until I decided to further my studies in nutrition and herbalism, that I gained a fascination with biology. I never realized that proper nutrition and the way our bodies react to herbs are truly based on our own bio-individuality.
So what is Mitochondria? Let’s be honest, who really remembers what we were taught about it, right? Well, our Mitochondria is basically the “powerhouse” of our cells. Most of our cells have mitochondria except for our red blood cells. To make a long story short, they help with the process of creating energy for our cells to go about their job of keeping us alive and healthy. If we are not nourishing our Mitochondria well, we end up with a lot of health issues and I mean A LOT! And to really grasp the concept of how important they are, just know that they make up more than 20% of the total weight of the heart and liver and they have their own DNA.
So what happens when we don’t nourish these little cellular powerhouses that we have inherited from our mother? Well, several things.
- Possible weight gain
- Risk of fatigue
- Chronic Disease
- Type II Diabetes
Do I have your attention now? Good. There are several “things” that stop Mitochondria dead in its tracks. Here are some of those:
- Lack of vitamins and nutrients
- Lack of cholesterol found in low-fat diets
- Decreased oxygen
This is all serious business but the good thing is you can very well support your Mitochondria for the good and it is not too late to get started. Here are some ways you can do just that:
- Get a blood analysis done to ensure your vitamin levels are in optimal range
- Utilize herbs that support Mitochondria such as cloves, cinnamon, parsley, and sage.
- Try supplements such as Krill Oil and B Vitamins (especially B-12)
- Decrease stress
While this is not an all-inclusive list, it will surely get you started on your journey to healthy and happy Mitochondria. If you are interested in getting your lab results analyzed, you can do so by signing up here. You will need your most recent blood lab results from your yearly annual. Never skip your annual visits with your doctor, they are crucial.
Moral of the story? Take care of your Mitochondria and it will take care of you!