Health and Wellness

Mitochondrial Health, Weight Control, & Energy Production as Men Age

Raise your hand if you have more trouble controlling your weight than you did 10, 20, or especially 30 years ago or more…

I’m guessing your energy levels are much lower as well?

If you didn’t raise your hand, then you’re in the very lucky minority, but for the rest of you, have you ever wondered what the scientific reason is? And I don’t simply mean that we’re just aging…but the real explanation.

Well…much leading research now points to mitochondrial health as a major reason. You see, mitochondria are the little parts within every cell in the human body that convert the food energy we eat (carbs, fats, proteins) into usable energy, or ATP.

Think of it like your car combusting gasoline into usable heat energy to propel your car forward.

And since we either burn or store food energy once absorbed in the gut it makes sense that we would rather burn it. This is the effect of properly working mitochondria…less fat stored and more fat burned.

The worst part is that beta-oxidation, or the burning of fat for energy use by the mitochondria, typically suffers the most as we age. This is greatly worsened by the Standard American Diet (SAD), as the very high intake of (mostly processed) carbohydrates make sure that we are rarely without adequate glycogen stores in the body, which unfortunately gives the mitochondria less reason to ever keep up to practice with burning fats through beta-oxidation.

This can also have a lot to do with the cardio-metabolic health issues that lower natural testosterone levels as we age.

So what can we do to improve mitochondrial health?

Some examples include the following:

  • Exercise: Resistance training > cardio

  • Low Inflammation Diets: Mitochondrial diets, low processed carb diets

  • Intermittent Fasting: 16:8 or other time windows

  • Various Nutrients: Acetyl-L-Carnitine, N-Acetylcysteine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Resveratrol, Sulfphoraphane (broccoli seed extract), EGCG (green tea extract), other various micronutrients

Overall improvements in the above lifestyle strategies and diet can greatly improve mitochondrial health, end the yo-yo dieting, keep the extra pounds off long-term, and give you more energy to live life to the fullest.

A great option to easily assist in supporting optimal mitochondrial health is MitoThrive, which combines all the most scientifically tested ingredients in their proper forms and doses to give your weight management and energy efforts a strong jump start.

P.S. Every single useful ATP molecule (actual usable energy) your body makes requires magnesium to hold it together. So in other words…I can’t fully state the importance of having enough magnesium if you want to improve your energy levels. 

Yours in Health,

Dr. Casey Greene, Founder/CEO

Nexus Health Partnership

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