Additions to the Mitochondrial Formula

An important step in correcting damaged mitochondria involves addressing lifestyle factors. Studies show that increasing physical activity improves mitochondrial function, so encouraging regular moderate exercise is essential (Anand et al., 2008; Klement & Kämmerer, 2011; Seyfried, 2015). Combining exercise with a diet rich in organic vegetables and moderated in organic, grass-fed meats, free range poultry and wild caught fish and very low in refined carbs and sugar may be essential. In addition, implementing reduced stress practices, such as meditation or yoga, as well as ensuring good sleeping habits are also important. Finally, detoxifying the body by removing fat-stored xenobiotics that inhibit mitochondrial function while replacing essential components should substantially help improve mitochondrial function.

One of the greatest lifestyle changes we can make is in our diets. Numerous studies have linked caloric restriction to improved mitochondrial function and increased longevity because intermittent fasting induces mitochondrial biogenesis and bioenergetic efficiency.[1] Mitochondria in caloric restriction learn to increase oxygen efficiency, reduce oxidative stress byproducts, yet are able to “maintain critical ATP production.”

[1] Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Feb 7; 103(6): 1768–1773. Published online 2006 Jan 30. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0510452103 Cell Biology