By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
March 14, 2016
- Missing out on the energy and stamina of your younger days?
- Turn on your body’s natural energy factories
- And get an instant blast of energy
Do you ever feel like your body is past its “best by” date?
Maybe you don’t move as quickly as you used to. Perhaps your brain doesn’t process things as rapidly as it once did or you just get worn out a lot faster than you used to.
If you’re missing the energy and stamina of your younger days, there may be a reason for it.
You see, your body has its own natural energy factories. Back in the 1890’s, a German scientist called them “bioblasts”. I think this is an appropriate name for them, given that they power every cell in your body with youthful energy… your brain, heart, muscles and other organs.
Today, we call them mitochondria. And there’s problem with these energy producers.
As you age, they become damaged. They mutate, and can’t produce energy as well as they used to. As the efficiency of these old mitochondria goes down, so does their ability to power up your brain and body.
Now, nutrients like CoQ10 can help your surviving mitochondria make more energy. In fact, I recommend that everyone take 100 mg. of CoQ10 in the ubiquinol form each day.
But the key to restoring the lively energy of your youth is to make more mitochondria. This is called “mitochondrial biogenesis”.
Give Your Mitochondria a Tune-Up
One way your body can make more mitochondria is by exercising. It not only makes more mitochondria, it also increases the efficiency of it.
It works by boosting your nitric oxide levels. This, in turn, flips on a molecular switch that triggers the whole mitochondrial biogenesis process. So it’s a great way to restore energy to your cells.
Personally, I prefer high intensity interval training, or HIIT. And it’s great, because it doesn’t take very long at all. Depending on your current level of fitness, I’d say you should dedicate between 15 minutes and a half hour toward it each day.
HITT involves a burst of short-term high intensity exercise followed by a recovery period. For example, after warming up for a few minutes, do a 30-second sprint—walking or running as fast as you can—followed by 2 to 4 minutes of easy walking. Repeat 4 to 6 times. The workout ends with a 3 to 4 minute cool-down.
Supplementing with resveratrol is another way to increase your mitochondria content. It works by turning on your SIRT1 gene, which flips on the master regulator (PGC-1a) of mitochondrial replication.
This means it helps your body produce more of those little energy factories to keep your body powered up.
Now, here’s the thing. SIRT1 also activates the syntheses of nitric oxide. And as you already know, nitric oxide also encourages your body to create new mitochondria.
The Secret Ingredient for an Instant Blast of Energy
As you can see, there’s a common denominator here. It’s nitric oxide, or NO.
It’s believed that NO activates certain gene sequences involved in mitochondrial biogenesis. Additionally, NO regulates your blood flow and is responsible for the release of oxygen into your cells… and into your mitochondria.
In fact, just eating foods high in nitrates (which is a precursor to NO) can improve your mitochondrial efficiency.
Some foods high in dietary nitrates include leafy greens, like arugula, spinach and kale at the top of the list. Other foods high in nitrate include celery, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, radish and turnips.
But, by far, red beetroot (or beetroot juice) will give you the biggest NO blast.
That’s why I recommend looking for a plant-based NO enhancer that has beetroot juice as its main ingredient. I worked with UniScience Group to formulate one that gives you the biggest bang for your buck. Click here to check it out.
I guarantee that your energy starved body will thank you for it.
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