Besides size, the one major difference between a 2 year old and a 70 year old is.... ENERGY! Just following a kid around for an hour is tiring. So how do we boost our energy as we age? Let’s go direct to the power house..... the mitochondria.
Mitochondria are found in every cell and they produce energy in the form of ATP. They get their fuel from either a fat or glucose source. Energy from fat sources are cleaner and more efficient like high octane petrol for your car vs anaerobic glucose energy ( no oxygen required) which gives of lactic acid as a by product.
Did you know that sugar and a high carb diet pushes your mitochondria away from good clean fat energy sources? So glucose goes up. Insulin goes up and your fat stores go up. Yes, you get fat deposits especially around the tummy and organs.
Note that T3 is a rate limiting step for mitochondria energy boosting. That’s why people with low thyroid function or low T3 complain of fatigue. A low T3 is very common over the age of 50. Plus most doctors do not do the right tests so it’s under diagnosed and under treated. 2 crucial tests, T3 and reverse T3 are often omitted. Suzy Cohen gives a good explanation
Link to Suzy Cohen: click HERE
T3 is often required but most doctors do not/ won’t prescribe it. If your T3 levels are low, fasting or going on a keto diet can make you feel dizzy and tired. That's why it's important to do a range of tests prior to fasting.
The mitochondria also require acetyl carnitine, b1 and lipoic acid to function.
When you have all the building blocks - low carb, low sugar diet ( more veggies and good fat), sufficient T3, and essential nutrients, your energy levels will start to spike. One very cheap method everyone can partake in to boost mitochondrial energy is Fasting. Don’t forget our group fasting starting the last the week of every month for 5 days. ( starts today). Note that if you have adrenal fatigue, are pregnant, have untreated hypothyroidism etc, it's best to wait until you feel well before you fast.