Energy production takes place in the mitochondrion of each cell. Mitochondrion are organelles in each of the cells, with the specific purpose of converting fat, protein and carbohydrate from food we eat into energy.
Energy, that feeling of strength and vitality both mental and physical. When your mitochondria is not functioning optimally, the result is cellular damage leading to accelerated ageing or disease.
Here's what mitochondria love ..
Eat whole foods that contain a diverse range of vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytonutrients as found in plant based food.
Specific nutrient rich foods such as vitamin E (wheatgerm), selenium (brazil nuts x2/d), vitamin C (citrus, green leafy vegetables), coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid to name a few can protect mitochondria from damage.
Exercise .. step up the cross training alternating aerobic and anaerobic to help strengthen mitochondria function and improve cellular energy and function.
Adjusting your diet to one that is plant based and a modest calorie reduction has also shown positive impact in mitochondrial biogenesis and the ultimate feeling of energy - strength and vitality.
Deborah McTaggart is a registered nutritionist practicing in Barnes, South West London. Stress, travel, over work, over training and other health concerns can impair your vitality and performance. Tailored nutrition along with proven strategies can help optimise your performance. You will feel fitter, leaner and improve energy levels, helping you enjoy a more productive lifestyle. Contact me here.