The Importance of Mitochondria
In each cell of your body there is an organelle called the mitochondria whose job is to take
your fats and sugars and make them into energy. This energy is needed by the cell to properly
do its job and to provide energy for the full body. When the mitochondria are working as they
were designed, you will have all the energy you need (and more), all of your organs and cells
will be working appropriately, and unless you are consuming way more calories than you need,
you should be very close to your optimal weight.
Unfortunately, almost all of the chemical and heavy metal toxins that are in each of us are
potent mitochondrial toxins. These commonly found toxins include: mercury, arsenic, cadmium,
lead, chlorinated pesticides, organophosphate pesticides, PCBs, dioxins, aromatic hydrocarbons
(from combustion) solvents and plasticizers. Mitochondrial dysfunction not only leads to
generalized fatigue, but is now documented to be a major factor in the development of many of
the most serious chronic illnesses in our time (including cancer, neurological diseases like
Parkinsonism, diabetes, etc.).
While the levels of these toxins in each of us vary, all of them have been found in virtually every person who has been tested
for them. This means they are in you and me, as well. One study on adults found an average of 74 of these mitochondrial
toxins in each person studied. With the sheer burden of mitochondrial toxins it is amazing that our mitochondria are working
What happens when your mitochondria are not working as they should?
Fatigue and weakness
Difficulty thinking, remembering, reasoning, etc.
Poor eyesight and digestion
Poor wound healing
Allergies and asthma
Diabetes and obesity
Heart disease and certain cancers
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