I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that some people get “old” a whole lot faster than others.
But the big question is, why?
This has stumped scientists for years. But, recently, a growing number of experts believe that the key to healthy aging all comes down to one thing—mitochondria.
As Dr. Fred Pescatore explains in his Ultimate Anti-Aging Protocol, “Mitochondria are tiny organelles inside your cells that serve as microscopic power plants. They use the food you eat and the oxygen you breathe to churn out a chemical called adenosine tri-phosphate, or ATP—your most elemental form of energy.”
ATP is essential to healthy aging—it keeps many of your basic functions firing on all cylinders, everything from hormone generation to digestion. It keeps your heart beating and your brain thinking. It facilitates every vital biological function imaginable.
But, as Dr. Pescatore explains, the functioning of your mitochondria naturally declines as you age. This deterioration leads to decreased energy output, in the form of ATP. And when your mitochondria can’t keep up with your body’s energy demands, it leads to some serious problems like:
“And not just run-of-the-mill tiredness either,” Dr. Pescatore says. “Mitochondrial dysfunction is one of the main factors behind chronic fatigue syndrome—a truly debilitating condition.”
- Muscle atrophy
Age-related sarcopenia—or muscle loss—is also a natural consequence of reduced mitochondrial function.
- Heart failure
Dr. Pescatore notes that your heart muscle is especially susceptible to the resulting energy deficit of mitochondrial dysfunction. “In fact,” he adds, “mitochondrial dysfunction is a defining characteristic of heart failure.”
But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Pescatore says, “Ultimately, research has linked deteriorating cellular power centers not only to heart disease, but to diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer. And that’s just a shortlist of the age-related problems with roots in mitochondrial dysfunction”
Clearly, mitochondria are quite possibly the most essential weapon against aging you have. So, how do you keep them healthy?
“First off,” Dr. Pescatore says, “it’s important to understand that mitochondrial function is very much subject to your body’s circadian rhythms. If your internal clock is off-kilter, your mitochondrial network will be too—triggering a marked drop in energy production.”
The best way to regulate your internal clock, he adds, is by getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Exercise is equally important. Dr. Pescatore points out that regular physical activity helps restore disrupted circadian rhythms. He recommends just 20 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day.
And finally, Dr. Pescatore says, “Intermittent fasting—whether it’s restricting calorie intake to eight-hour windows, or fasting one to two days a week—can stall aging and reverse metabolic disease. And recent research shows that its effects on mitochondrial networks are at least one major reason why.”
By following these simple recommendations, your mitochondria will be equipped with what they need to keep your body running like a well-oiled machine. And this will not only keep you healthy but ensure you stay younger, longer.