Millions of years ago, our ancestors took on a parasite. This little organism ate their food but gave them some of the energy from it. This was a win-win because our cellular ancestors were better at getting food, and the parasite was better at making energy.
This extra energy allowed us to make larger, more complex organisms and eventually to move about. We’d all still be tiny plants without our parasite.
We call these parasites mitochondria, or singular – mitochondrion. They still live inside all of our cells with a few exceptions like our red blood cells. The most pressing issues about energy, weight regulation, blood sugar control and free radical damage all come back to mitochondrial health.
How can you keep your mitochondria healthy?
Phytonutrients help. Shoot for 6 cups of vegetables daily. Lots of greens, and lots of other colors. Especially organic.
Aerobic exercise also helps. Shoot for volume and intensity. By volume, do 30 minute walks twice daily each day. For intensity, do 4 bursts of 10-second sprints. How hard? I heard one researcher say, do it like you were running to save a child from a burning building.
Oddly caffeine can help or hurt based on how you use it. My friend Ari Whitten has a great video talking in more depth about mitochondria and the ins and outs of caffeine. It’s part of his Energy Blueprint training event.
It’s free and it’s going on right now.
Ari promises that you can double your energy levels and he has the science to back it up. Please let me know what you think.
To you health,