The mighty mitochondria – why spend four days on the health of the mitochondria? What is the mitochondria? Didn’t I just have to know that for a test in 7th grade biology???

 

The Mighty Mitochondria – the powerhouse of the cell – typically just written aobut in regards to diabetic health – but there is SO SO SO many health reasons to take care of this element that is in EVERY CELL OF OUR BODY – in EVERY ORGAN IN OUR BODY – and inolved with keeping us healthy, adequate energy,  a healthy weight and preventing diseases!

 

Mitochondrial diseases include all ages; pediatric issues that affect the gut, heart, nervous system and related to autism factors.  Mitochondrial health is a contributing factor to age related diseases such as Huntingtsons disease, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, Chronic fatigue Syndrome, heart health, and some dementias.

 

mi·to·chon·dri·on

ˌmīdəˈkändrēən/

noun

BIOLOGY
plural noun: mitochondria
  1. an organelle found in large numbers in most cells, in which the biochemical processes of respiration and energy production occur. It has a double membrane, the inner layer being folded inward to form layers (cristae).

For those of you who enjoy science or biology – you might find it interesting that the following changes happen within the mitochondria during aging (but detrimental effects can be prevented or decreased!!)

  1. DNA damage of mitochondria by free radicals
  2. A decreaase in Krebs cycle efficency
  3. Varied unstable responses to energy demands of life
  4. Respiratory chain defect due to enzyme alterations
  5. Decreased membrane fluidity
  6. Challenges or stresses to electron transport chain alter an ideal situation into one that affects the mitochondrial DNA

When there is a large amount of oxidative stress (even at one time) the mitochondria works overtime to rebalance things.  This can be a set up for mitochondrial enzyme activity dysfunction.  A dysfunction of mictochondrial transport proteins create disr4uptions in energy metabolism and cerebral metabolism (affecting neuological function and neuropathy).   Other symptoms can be forms of swallowing issues (such as dysphagia), gut motility, and gastroesophageal reflux.

BUT HOORAY – because Mitochondrial therapy can promote health, healing, and supplement the mitochondria even become alternative energy fuels within the natural metabolic reactions of the body such as the respiratory chain reactions!   The goal is to increase healthy non mutated mitochondrial DNA – which will improve, enhance the function of the cells.   Mitochondrial therapy doesn’t just help at the cellular level – but the internal cellular level!!

 

Research studies have proven that Co Enzyme Q 10, riboflavin (B2), L-creatine, L-arginie, Folinic Acid (natural form of folate), vitamin E, Vitamin C, Thiamine (B1), Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), and B complex’s can greatly improve the health of the mitochondria – making significant difference in the quality life of many individuals.

 

WHAT TYPE OF DIET??  These four days focus on getting a synergistic blend of the nutrients listed above.  Please note that for mitochondrial disease states – there are specific supplemental amounts research has proven to be beneficial to those individuals (((((((((((((( do we want to do a plug for that phone chat – etc for a fee??)

 

The other thing – is to take away various stresses – for example – no heavily chared foods, no (limit) preservatives, try to use natural cleaning products even.

 

This diet is lower in carbohdyrates (some research has proven a benefit of a ketogenic diet for cerebral mitochondrial issues – the brain health Focus Forty is actually a ketogenic four day sweeping out of the brain).  However – there were some fruits and vegetables that contain carbohydrates that also contained multiple nutrients that benefit the mitochondria.  So there is no grains but there are fruits, beans, legumes.  No dairy because dairy can inhibit folinic acid/folate receptors  (that doesn’t mean don’t eat dairy every again either).

 

STOCK UP ON! And eat as you desire.  (please note that this is not an all inclusive list of foods high in the various nutrients listed – but that these are a quality source of more than one nutrient).

 

Asparagus

Wheat germ

Broccolli

Trout

Salmon

Tuna

Pistachios

Almonds

Peanuts

Sunflower seeds

Sesami seeds

Chia seeds

Navy benas

Eggs

Beef

Mushrooms

Spinach

Red bell pepper

Green bell pepper

Collard greens

Kale

Tomato

Garlic

Avacado

Broccolli

Orange

 

(additions if needed – lentils, squashes  such as butternut, seet potato, pumpkin and acorn squash) and carrots are also allowed.

 

So what do I eat!!

Have these foods somehow every day:  asparagus, broccolli, whole orange, wheat germ, eggs, greens, and an oily fish!!

Goal is to have asparagus and broccolli every day!! Also have 1 whole orange a day (can puree it to make it a thick juice or incorporate in one of the recipes).  These oils are great choices to utilize; olive oil, grapeseed oil because of their fast soluatble and execlent sources of vitamin E.