Posted on September 17, 2013
"Gosh, I'm just so tired all the time!" If you say this a lot, you're not alone. Fatigue is the #1 complaint at Doctor's offices and there are over 3000 reasons why you can be feeling exhausted. Of course there's the obvious lack of sleep, but these feelings of "burn out" may just be because your mitochondria, or power plants, have shut down. Luckily, there are actions we can take and foods we can eat to repair and maintain them.
In each and every one of our 100 trillion cells we have mitochondria. Think of mitochondria like energy factories that produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate) instread of electricity. ATP is made from the energy stored in food through respiration. This is one of the reasons why you hear over and over again how important it is to exercise. You literally gain energy by exercising because we begin to breathe (respirate) more rapidly and more efficiently.
Our mitochondria activity can slow down with age and under acute or prolonged stress if not supported properly with good nutrition or when we're inundated with environmental toxins. Be sure to get these key nutrients: B vitamins from dark leafy greens, eggs, beans, papaya, oranges. ALA (alpha lipoic acid) is an imporant omega 3 fatty acid found in plants like chia, flax and soy and nuts like walnut. Magnesium is rich in leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, nuts, seeds, cacao, and fruits like watermelon. Supplementation is recommended when there is a deficiency, but not without a balanced and nutritious diet. With optimal nutrition, your energy factories will be up and running, you'll begin to see the performance you know and love and be feeling revitalized again!
How can I tell if my mitochondia are not functioning properly? Take this quiz on HealthAllie.com. If you answer yes to most questions, it may be time to call your Doctor and/or Health Coach for a tune up.