Mitochondrial fitness is linked to increased healthspan and longevity
What are Mitochondria?
Mitochondria are the powerhouse of our cells and is what gives us the energy we need on a daily basis. These specialized cell structures are primarily responsible for the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) i.e. the basic energy currency required to power the chemical reactions in our body.
Our bodies need a constant supply of energy in order to function properly and to maintain our health and internal balance. This is where mitochondria come in. It produces energy by breaking down the food that we eat – carbohydrates, fats and proteins, into glucose, and then converts this into a chemical called ATP (the energy source of a cell).
Why do they matter?
The health of our mitochondria determines the amount of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) they can produce, which provides us with energy. Healthy mitochondria translate to optimal cell and tissue performance, and our overall health.
Loss of mitochondrial function is often a sign of aging and age-related health problems, whereas maintenance of mitochondrial fitness is linked to increased healthspan and longevity. Conversely, unhealthy mitochondria mean low energy and an unhealthy body.
Without robust mitochondria, cells cannot do as much work as we need them to. To achieve higher levels of performance, we must optimize our mitochondria to keep up with our energy demands.
Risks of mitochondrial dysfunction
In summary, the condition of our mitochondria is closely related to our state of health. After all, a healthier cell will live longer. It is as our cells die and replicate that we age. Several factors can cause the malfunction of mitochondria, including micronutrient deficiencies, environmental impacts, medications and infections as well as genetic defects within our mitochondrion.
Mitochondrial Dysfunction can lead to:
- Early aging
- Muscle pain and weakness
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Huntington’s disease
- Migraine headache
- Parkinson’s disease
When mitochondria produce ATP, they produce by-products known as reactive oxygen species (ROS) which are harmful free radicals. These free radicals are highly reactive oxygen compounds which, if not kept in check, can circulate or active reactive nitrogen compounds which may cause damage to certain genes in the cell’s DNA.
When this happens, not only will the person suffer from low energy levels, it can lead to potentially serious health conditions. Your mitochondria will slowly become inefficient, your DNA corrupted, and the cells involved will not be able to perform its primary tasks and become vulnerable to degenerative diseases and susceptible to aging.
Depending on your age and the antioxidants in your body, you may be able to fight this damage. But the older you are, the fewer antioxidants you have, your ability to fight this oxidative stress will decline.
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How to improve your mitochondria health?
There are a string of things you can do to try to maintain your mitochondrial health. If you are health conscious, you are probably already doing them.
Make sure you get plenty of sleep, engage in aerobic exercise at least 3 times a week, and replenish your body with foods that are high in antioxidants. One form of exercise that is highly efficient in training your mitochondrial health is high-intensity interval training.
At Miskawaan Health Group, we offer Mitochondrial Health & Training through our Gecko Plus machine, which is a non-invasive form of high altitude training, or Intermittent Hypoxic–Hyperoxic Training (IHHT).
IHHT is a new non-invasive method for mitochondria regeneration. As an innovative therapy, IHHT is simulated altitude training combined with increased oxygen inhalation, which when used together, causes cells to become more efficient while reducing the production of free radicals.
A Treatment at Miskawaan Health Group, how does this work?
Mitochondrial Health & Training
Unhealthy mitochondria translates to low energy and an unhealthy body. At MHG we stimulate & assist your body to remove unhealthy mitochondria and replace it with healthy mitochondria.
Your doctor will prescribe personalized MHG treatments
Our medical team will follow up with you for 2-3 months after your treatment
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