The mitochondrion is a (THE) vital cellular organelle that orchestrates multiple metabolical pathways. Therefore, while we eat to produce energy, create connections, and receive information, the mitochondria enable these actions. Consequently, we create a therapeutic environment where foods can be our medicine when we have a food plan that encourages anti-inflammatory and antioxidant foods to ingest. In addition, the combination with other dietary habits, such as intermittent fasting and low-glycemic food ingestion, promote a better mitochondrial function, ultimately resulting in better metabolic health, more energy, and less pain.
Mitochondrial health depends directly on the quality and quantity of food we ingest from our diet. Evidence supports that a personalized dietary approach that reduces oxidative stress, counteracts toxin exposure, and reduces insulin resistance may support mitochondrial function. Furthermore, this can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, a more ketogenic diet can ease symptoms like fatigue and pain, commonly associated with cognitive disorders.
Indeed, cardiac, neural, muscular, and connective tissue cells have high mitochondrial concentrations, making them susceptible to premature decline. Supporting mitochondrial health through diet is critical to improving cellular energy production and a healthy aging process.
A crucial benefit of encouraging our patients to follow a diet with a low-glycemic impact, a healthy dietary fat composition, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant foods is the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).
BDNF: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor acts as a growth hormone for neurons. The proper function and synthesis of BDNF contribute to higher levels of brain function due to its effects as a neuronal protector and promotor.
The mito food plan is a dietary approach to improve mitochondrial function by introducing and combining therapeutic foods and dietary patterns. Consequently, the benefits reflect a higher BDNF function, a better blood-barrier permeability, and a delay in aging.
Improving and maintaining mitochondrial health is the cornerstone to increase energy production, lessen pain, and improve brain function. The combination of these foods, dietary patterns, micronutrient ingestion, and macronutrient modifications are intended to enhance BDNF. – Ana Paola Rodríguez Arciniega, MS
The Institute of Functional Medicine (2020). “Mito Food Plan Comprehensive Guide.”
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