Great Energy – Metabolism – Mitochondria

Metabolism is the core foundational pathway for good health. How we convert food into energy is critical for optimum health.

Mitochondria are structures within our cells that are responsible for generating energy. In addition to creating energy, mitochondria have other critical functions including cellular communication, cell growth and providing building blocks for our genetic materials.

Mitochondria take elements from foods such as carbohydrates, protein, and fat, combined with oxygen from air to make ATP through cellular respiration.

ATP, (Adenosine triphosphate), is an energy storage system for cells and serves to close the gap between energy-releasing reactions for food breakdown, and energy-requiring actions such as synthesis – every living organism consists of cells that rely on ATP for their energy needs, and all life is cellular.

Cellular respiration provides the body with the ATP energy it needs, it also generates free radicals as by products which can damage mitochondria and their DNA.  This is linked to muscle loss and neurodegenerative age-related disease.

An interesting fact about the mitochondria, they have distinct chromosomal DNA in our nucleus called mtDNA. More on this and how mitochondria evolved from ancient bacteria in my next post.

Metabolic disease is a global health problem with an estimated 20%–30% of adults of the world having metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, heart disease and stroke.

Being proactive, to prevent and or improve your metabolic conditions involves a little time every day for self-care, regular monitoring of your health and making lifestyle adjustments that nature intended like eating non-processed whole foods, walking daily, sound sleep and being positive and optimistic, with a little smile. 🙂


Nature Got It Right

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