The older we get, the more we notice our body just doesn’t function the way it used to. Perhaps one of the most telling signs, is that we run out of steam faster. We just don’t have the energy reserves that we did when we were younger. With today’s hectic lifestyle, kids to look after and busy jobs to maintain, this can become an issue in which we always find ourselves playing catch up.
The older we get, the more we notice our body just doesn’t function the way it used to. We can develop wrinkles in our skin and may take longer to recover from injuries and illness. We can also find it harder to maintain our body weight, and tests can often show our blood sugar and cholesterol levels creeping upwards. Perhaps one of the most telling signs however, is that we run out of steam faster. We just don’t have the energy reserves that we did when we were younger. With today’s hectic lifestyle, kids to look after and busy jobs to maintain, this can become an issue in which we always find ourselves playing catch up.
So why does this happen? To find this out we need to look at where our energy (or lack of it) ultimately comes from. The building blocks of our bodies, organs and tissues are cells; and we have trillions of them. However, cells themselves do not produce energy, they consume it. When we look inside our cells we find that almost all the energy our bodies produce comes from special little organelles called “mitochondria”.
Mitochondria are tiny bean-shaped power plants inside almost all our cells which convert the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat into energy our cells can use to grow and function. There can be as many as several thousand mitochondria inside a single cell. However; just like your car’s engine produces exhaust when it burns fuel, mitochondrial energy production also produces by-products known as “free radicals”. It is these free radicals which can end up taking a toll on our body, leading to both tiredness and illness.
When we are young, our mitochondria are efficient and powerful, producing bountiful energy for our cells to grow and divide. The free radicals they produce are mostly mopped up by our mitochondria’s built-in antioxidant systems. Over time however, these free radicals can start to slowly damage our mitochondria. Our antioxidant reserves also start to dwindle, creating a vicious cycle in which damage begins to accumulate. This can reduce the energy output of our mitochondria which has a direct impact on how well our cells can function and repair themselves. If the mitochondrial wall is damaged, the free radicals can leak out into the cell and begin to damage other cellular components, including our DNA. This ongoing damage can lead to a general lack of energy and increased recovery times. It can begin to affect your general health and well-being.
Fortunately, there are several approaches we can take to support the health of our mitochondria, and these can help us to feel energized and well, and lower our risk of developing poor health. The most important things we can do are to maintain a balanced and varied diet, exercise regularly and to take the right support supplements.
Ideally, our diets should have balanced amounts of proteins, carbohydrates, fiber and fats and the total number of calories we consume should be in line with our body types and activity levels. Over-consumption of salt, sugars, fat and alcohol should be minimized, as this is well known to be linked to poor mitochondrial health. Following healthy eating guides such as the “food pyramid” is a good place to start, but your diet should ultimately be tailored to what works for you and your body. Regular exercise is also very important as this “forces” our mitochondria to increase our metabolic rate; an effect which can last for many hours afterwards. Exercise helps to regulate blood sugar levels by drawing excess blood sugar up into cells to be converted to energy by our mitochondria. In addition, exercise also gives us a sense of reward and achievement.
The best supplement to support your mitochondria is MitoQ. MitoQ is specially formulated to get right inside your mitochondria like no other CoQ10 antioxidant supplement can. Most antioxidants work by neutralizing free radicals which have already leaked out of your mitochondria into the cell. By this time, your mitochondria and cells are already potentially damaged and not firing on all cylinders. However, by targeting and entering your mitochondria directly, MitoQ can help reduce excess free radicals right at the source BEFORE they get a chance to damage your cells. Combining a balanced diet, regular exercise and daily MitoQ means more energy for your cells, and more energy for you.