The 5 key nutrients that I cover this month are absolutely vital to your well-being, especially to your ENERGY!
I am constantly hearing people say that they are tired all the time. Last month, I reminded you of the importance of having good, healthy, properly functioning adrenal glands and nervous systems. The next step is to check your nutritional status – particularly with regards to these 5 nutrients.
Without a plentiful supply of these 5 nutrients, you will age faster, get sick more often, build up to toxic waste no matter how clean and healthy your diet, and generally feel sluggish a lot of the time. This is because they are vital to healthy mitochondrial function.
Mitochondria are small organelles inside each cell in your body – and they are the most significant organ in the human body. There can be any number between 200 and 2000 mitochondria per cell, with high energy-demanding cells in the liver, brain and muscles having higher numbers.
Think there isn’t much difference between men and women? Well, get this – oocytes (immature ova or eggs) in women have up to 100,000 mitochondria. Sperm cells – just 16!
But, back to our marvellous mitochondria, and what exactly they do for us.
One of their jobs is to make energy, to keep us warm and to power cell activity, which they do partly by burning glucose in a complex biochemical process called the Krebs Cycle. To do this job properly, they need all the nutrients required at various stages of the Krebs Cycle to be available all the time.
This amazing animation created by Harvard University shows the tiny packets of energy called ATP being created by mitochondria – and this is going on inside every cell of your body, all the time!
Mitochondria are also the governors of cell life and death. They program this cycle! When cells don’t self-destruct when they should, this promotes cancer and autoimmunity. When they die too fast, it promotes conditions like neurodegeneration.
Mitochondria are also the force behind our immune response – especially our innate response to bacteria and viruses.
Lastly, our mitochondria act as ‘biosynthetic factories’ – making vital nutrients such as amino acids, nitric oxide, glutathione and others, all of which play vital roles in keeping us well.
So, doesn’t it make sense to feed our mitochondria properly? This means eating a nutrient-dense diet instead of a diet full of processed foods. Better still, eat certified organic foods, which have been proven to contain higher nutrient levels especially of key minerals.
And, there are 5 key nutrients needed for good strong mitochondrial function – find out what they are below!