CFS - The Central Cause: Mitochondrial Failure

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    • CFS - The Central Cause: Mitochondrial Failure

      This is an interesting article for anyone interested in chronic fatigue.

      CFS - The Central Cause: Mitochondrial Failure
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    • Re: CFS - The Central Cause: Mitochondrial Failure

      That article is interesting (still reading it). It made me think of a newsletter by Susan M. Lark MD, I was reading the other day:

      Understand Your Energy at the Cellular Level

      "First, it’s important to understand the basics of how energy is created and used in your body. Cells are the living units of every part of your body. One of the fundamental functions of your cells is to act as your body’s energetic powerhouse. Whether it’s reading the paper, running an errand, riding a bike, or performing a task at work, everything you do depends on how much energy your cells produce.

      To do this, your cells extract energy from a variety of raw materials, including oxygen and key nutrients such as essential vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The more efficiently this system runs the more energy you have to power all of your bodily functions.

      Here’s how it works:

      The oxygen you breathe reacts with glucose, starches, and fats in your body, and this reaction produces carbon dioxide, water, and energy. The energy that’s created is stored in your body as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is often referred to as the “basic energy currency” of the body.

      For optimal energy production, your body needs sufficient levels of oxygen as well as certain vital nutrients, including sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These alkaline elements help your body maintain proper electrolyte and fluid balance, which allows your cells to absorb nutrients, discharge waste products, and ultimately, maintain your energy level.
      Other important energy-creating nutrients are coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and the vitamin B complex. Like oxygen, CoQ10 helps your body maximize the energy that’s created and stored as ATP. Good dietary sources of this powerhouse nutrient include whole grains, fish, organ meats, soybean oil, walnuts, and sesame seeds. And B vitamins are essential for converting carbohydrates into energy.

      Steps to Take to Maximize Your Physical and Mental Energy

      By supporting cellular health with these vital raw materials, you not only help to encourage proper oxygen flow and energy production within your body, but you also create balanced pH and maximize your overall physical and mental energy.

      Start With an Anti-Fatigue Eating Plan

      Every time you put food in your mouth, you either nourish and support your body or damage it with hard-to-digest food and toxic additives. Food must be digested before you can extract energy from it, and digestion takes a lot of energy. Alter your eating patterns and create more energy with these three tips:

      1. Eliminate dairy from your diet

      All components of dairy products—fat, protein, and milk sugar—are hard to digest. Saturated fat in dairy products can contribute to fatigue and depression. And the amino acid tryptophan in milk has a sedative effect that can increase fatigue.

      You don’t need to depend on dairy products for calcium. There’s an abundance of foods that are as good as, or better than, dairy for meeting calcium needs, including beans, peas, soybeans, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and green leafy vegetables. Fruits such as raisins, blackberries, and bananas are excellent sources of calcium and magnesium.

      In recipes that call for milk, substitute with soy milk, or rice milk. Use soy cheese instead of cow’s milk cheese, and flaxseed oil or almond butter instead of regular butter.

      2. Avoid Wheat and Wheat Gluten

      No matter the cause of your fatigue, if your symptoms are severe, stop eating wheat. Gluten, a protein in wheat, is highly allergenic and difficult for the body to process. Wheat intolerance causes fatigue, depression, bloating, intestinal gas, bowel changes, and even emotional symptoms. Strike them from your diet for a few weeks to see if you feel any difference in your energy levels.

      3. Eliminate Caffeine

      Coffee, black tea, sodas—the very drinks we use to get going in the morning or pick us up in the afternoon—actually deplete our energy. While caffeine provides a brief burst of energy, it also depletes energy and physical reserves by stressing the nervous system and adrenal glands. Ultimately it increases fatigue and causes anxiety, irritability, jitteriness, and sleeplessness.

      Instead, try herbal teas, such as peppermint, ginger, and chamomile that naturally boost energy and soothe anxiety and irritability. If you like tea sweetened, use honey. To wean yourself from coffee, switch to decaffeinated, then to a coffee substitute made from grain, such as Postum, which is widely available from online retailers and in health food stores. Also drink lots of water, which neutralizes acidity.

      Add These Energizing Nutrients

      In addition to eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, you can help protect and promote your body’s basic energy production processes with specific nutritional supplements. I recommend you take a high-quality multinutrient that includes 350–1,000 mg of magnesium, 700–2,000 mg of calcium, 100–300 mg of potassium, and 25–100 mg of the B complex vitamins. If you use my Daily Answer Multinutrient for Women, you’re covered.

      For additional energizing nutritional support, try my Energy Vitalizer formula, which I developed to work hand in hand with Daily Answer for maximum energy. It includes CoQ10 and adaptogenic herbs, such as Rhodiola rosea extract, that help moderate the release of stress hormones and support your energy levels, drive, and motivation.

      By following these specific diet and nutritional supplement recommendations, you should notice a striking improvement in your energy levels. They’ll help you fight fatigue and rediscover your youthful energy, both during the sluggish winter months and throughout the year."

      Avoiding mitochondrial dysfunction starts at just by maintaining optimum electrolyte and fluid balance as mentioned above:
      "help your body maintain proper electrolyte and fluid balance, which allows your cells to absorb nutrients, discharge waste products, and ultimately, maintain your energy level."

      I don't agree with the bits in bold.
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