Have you ever heard of mitochondria? You’ll remember from biology class that these tiny organelles produce energy for our cells, which powers our entire body.
Mitochondrial dysfunction has connections to a wide range of health problems like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
You are probably asking, “How do I even take care of my mitochondria?”
Taking care of your mitochondria is crucial for maintaining optimal health and preventing diseases.
Supporting your mitochondria’s health can lower your risk of developing these conditions.
So before we start, understand that unhealthy mitochondria = Poor health.
Mitochondrial dysfunction leads to:
• Muscle aging
• Cardiovascular disease
Here are 12 ways you can improve the health of your mitochondria:
1. Minimize Artificial Light Exposure
Artificial blue light (from screens and lightbulbs) harms your mitochondria. It’s a toxin. It increases oxidative stress in the body, which damages your mitochondria. Limit your exposure to all artificial light sources.
2. Consume Essential Nutrients
Mitochondria need certain nutrients to function correctly.
Optimize your mitochondrial health with these:
- Acetyl L-carnitine
- Lipoic acid
- B vitamins
- Urolithin A
- Vitamin E
3. Increase Red Light Exposure
Artificial light harms mitochondria, and red light heals them. The best way to get red light exposure is to get outside at sunrise and sunset and expose as much skin to the light as possible. You can also get a red light device to use at home.