The mitochondria are hidden in the cells of your body and convert food into energy. The cell’s powerhouse, mitochondria, is made up of hundreds to thousands. Each mitochondria has its own DNA, which is passed from mother to child. Mitochondria also represent the forgotten genome of our cells. Dr. Doug Wallace PhD is a geneticist, evolutionary biologist, and pioneer in mitochondrial research. He concluded that dysfunctional mitochondria are responsible for 85% of the current chronic diseases. When our mitochondria aren’t able to provide the energy needed by our bodies, then things can start to go sour. This can lead to diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. You can improve your health and longevity in many areas of your body and organs by maintaining or improving the health status of your mitochondria.
The mitochondria are the connecting and disconnection points in cells. They can adapt to different conditions by changing their network. Mitochondria are capable of fusion and division. Health problems can result from disruptions to this fission-fusion dynamic. Your genes, your behavior and environment play a significant role in your health. The epigenetics and DNA are influenced by mitochondria. Epigenetic changes, unlike genetic changes, are not permanent and will not alter your DNA sequence. However, they can affect how your body interprets the sequence. Mitochondrion is also the software that controls our hardware DNA.
Modern industrialization has a significant impact on the mitochondria and gene expression. We are the only species to have built our artificial environments for comfort and progress. We are constantly bombarded by artificial light, radio waves and TV signals, cell towers, 5G, wifi, and other technologies since Edison’s great minds. These new energies are foreign for our bodies and epigenetics. The mitochondria are responsible to adapt to these environmental stressors in order to keep us healthy. Simply put, healthy mitochondria = healthy person; unhealthy mitochondria = sickness/disease.
We all know that we lose energy as we age. We now know that the mitochondria are responsible for this loss of youthfulness. After 30 years, 10% of our mitochondria lose their equivalence every decade. Heteroplasmy refers to a condition in which a portion of our mitochondria are not functioning or damaged. Homoplasmy, on the other hand, is the state in which our mitochondria are healthy. Dr. Doug Wallace, PhD was the pioneer in the use of human mitochondrialDNA as a molecular marker. He was also the first to find that heteroplasmy was linked to disease. His research revealed that mitochondria can only be passed from mothers to their children. His research led him to the discovery of a “Mitochondrial Eve”, and 23 & Me as well as Ancestry.com use his work to determine our ancestral lineage.
In his book Power, Sex, Suicide. Mitochondria, and the Meaning Of Life, Dr. Nick Lane PhD, University College London, explains that the key to long-term health is the production of more mitochondria. This could be used to cure all the diseases of old age. The mitochondria are essential for muscle and the heart because they accumulate in tissues and organs that have a high energy demand. Although aging is complex and involves many physical changes, scientific discoveries have provided a wealth information about how cells age, the processes that change as we age, and the importance of cell health in determining our age. Evidence suggests that mitochondrial dysfunction is a common factor in accelerated cellular ageing.
Fat loss is also influenced by the role of mitochondria. This is one the core principles of Liv24. Our goal is to maximize mitochondrial health through increasing your mitochondrial density, and tuning up existing mitochondria. We use light, circadian biology, and controlled cold exposure to alter your epigenetics and benefit your mitochondria for fat loss, longevity, and other benefits.
Nick Lane PhD, Power and Sex Suicide: Mitochondria, the Meaning of Life
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29257072/ The Mitochondrial Basis of Aging and Age-Related Disorders
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6685789/ Effects of obesity and weight loss on mitochondrial structure and function and implications for colorectal cancer risk
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24818134/ Mitochondrial aging and age-related dysfunction of mitochondria