Problems at The Powerhouse
When cells face an energy crisis
We have an epidemic on our hands that nobody is talking about- the shortage of energy supply from our cells. All of us, except for the superheroes and the ultra-sloths, know people who have more energy than we do, and plenty who have less. We may admire or envy or even pity the tireless project jugglers, the ravenous multidisciplinarians, the serial circulators of rooms, the conference hoppers, the calendar maximizers, the predawn cross-trainers and kickboxers. How does she do it?
It’s hard to measure success, if you want to avoid making it about money or power or credentials, but, as one stumbles through the landscape of careers and outputs and reputations, one sees, again and again, that the standouts tend to be the people who possess seemingly boundless reserves of mental and physical fuel. Entrepreneurs, athletes, artists, politicians: it can seem that energy, more than talent or luck, results in extraordinary outcomes.
Why do some people have it and others not? What does one have to do to get more?
University of North Carolina study that found that 80% of Americans suffer from some metabolic malfunction. That means that roughly one in ten of us is able to process energy the way our bodies are designed to. It’s an epidemic. Our fundamental pathways have been hijacked by the Western diet and life style. Disordered blood sugar is a big driver of most inflammation and chronic disease. It’s not just diabetes.
Enter, the mighty mitochondria - the powerhouse of the cell.
Mitochondrial dysfunction is spoken about in all health sectors and we have been promised an increase in energy supply if we exercise, sleep well, eat clean and steer clear of sugar. However, a recent review now draws our attention to a new player to help combat mitochondrial dysfunction and regenerate new mitochondria in the brain and body.
Our mitochondrial function can affect how fast we age and even what diseases we get. To that end, here is some changes you can make to your diet to feed your mitochondria and extend your life expectancy.