Meet Your Mitochondria
Within each of the cells in our body lies an incredible powerhouse – the mitochondria.
The mitochondria turns carbohydrates and fats into Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). The ATP molecule, also known as ‘cellular energy’ or ‘molecular currency’, is the nucleotide responsible for intracellular energy transfer. ATP stores and transports chemical energy within cells.
Within our brains, heart, and skeletal muscle lies the highest concentration of mitochondria. These are the most metabolically-demanding tissues. Each requires the most energy production in the body.
Mitochondria Function & Our Energy
With compromised mitochondrial function, our bodies do not produce energy. Physical and mental exhaustion results. Mitochondrial function is also vital to the healing of the body, fighting infections, and regenerating new healthy cells. Thus, compromised mitochondria function leaves us vulnerable to infection and illness.
To maintain mitochondria function, our body requires ample amounts of B vitamins, amino acids, CoQ10, Lipoic acid, Carnitine, and magnesium. While nutrient deficiencies in these nutrients can cause low energy, the solution is more complicated than supplementing with nutrients or adding a protein supplement to your diet.
Low-grade, chronic stress depletes these nutrients in our bodies even as we try to increase our intake. Changes in a relationship, being unhappy at work, concerns about family members, and many other factors generate stress. Since so many of us experience these stressors in our daily lives, mitochondrial deficiencies are quite common.
These nutrients are also depleted by chronic inflammation and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance effects over ¾ of Canadians.
Signs and symptoms of a mitochondria dysfunction include:
- Low energy
- Mental fatigue
- Muscle aches
- Exercise intolerance
- Brain fog
- Difficulty learning new things
- Poor immune function
- Diabetes or insulin resistance
- Thyroid imbalance
- Gastro-intestinal disorders
Getting Your Energy Back
Every patient that works with me undergoes an Organic Acid Test (OAT). The OAT test tells me what nutrients you are deficient in, whether you have a mitochondria deficiency, and whether a dominant inflammation is causing mitochondrial dysfunction.
The OAT test has been a game-changer in my practice for the last two years, as it allows for more precision medicine and treatment protocols. It results in faster, more effective changes for my patients, and saves time and money. I will not take on new patients unless they are ready to take this test.
Think of it this way: each cell of the body has thousands of mitochondria. If you have a mitochondria deficiency, then all 70 trillion of your cells are not working. This is a million-dollar test.
How valuable is your energy? Do you know how your mitochondria are functioning? Low energy can happen in response to diverse factors. Allopathic conventional medicine is missing this very vital evaluation that effects every single cell in your body!