Mitochondria are present in nearly every cell in the human body and are vital for our health. They are often referred to as the powerhouses of the cell and when they stop functioning, you feel tired
What are mitochondria?
Each cell in the body can contain thousands of mitochondria and the number largely depends on the function of each cell. For example, heart and brain cells need much more mitochondria to generate energy and have about 6,000 mitochondria per cell.
The “mighty mitochondria” are the cellular powerhouses that keep your metabolism humming by consuming oxygen and turning sugars, fats and proteins that we eat, into forms of chemical energy called adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
They help turn the energy we take in from carbohydrates, fats and protein into energy that the cell can use.
Why you feel tired
When the mitochondria are working well for us, they help to reduce fatigue, pain, and cognitive problems while supporting muscle mass and burning excess fat. So you feel better, think more clearly, and experience fewer aches and stiffness, all while improving body composition.
But, mitochondria are susceptible to nutrient deficiencies, environmental toxins and oxidative damage. So when mitochondria stop functioning, the cells they are in are starved of energy and you will feel tired much quicker.
Key nutrients that support mitochondrial energy production
- B1, B2, B3, B5, Lipate
- Coenzyme Q10
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- Alpha-Lipoic Acid
- Phosphatidyl Choline
- Pantothenic Acid (B5)
Heart rate variability
HRV is a measure of the variation in time between heartbeats. This variation is controlled by the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
The ANS is subdivided into two large components
- Sympathetic nervous system which stimulates the ‘fight or flight mechanism’
- Parasympathetic nervous system stimulates the ‘rest, digest and repair’ response
The HRV test
The Heart Rate Variability test is a 5 minute non-invasive test that is taken whilst sitting comfortably. I am then able to evaluate how the autonomic nervous system is working and if it is in balance.
I can then work with you to develop the correct plan focusing on supporting healthy mitochondria through the use of therapeutic foods that will support the body in the production of energy and support a healthy ageing process.
In addition to food recommendations I may also recommend specific supplements formulated to enhance mitochondrial health
I am always looking to gather information to get to the root cause of any underlying problems you may have. As well as looking at your case history I may run a comprehensive energetic health screen test which enables me to see what’s happening within the body and to assess whether any organ systems are out of balance.
Suzannah Jackson is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, Naturopath and Health Coach
Qualifications: Mitochondrial Rescue Practitioner, AFMCP-UK Graduate 2018
The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) was set up by the government to protect the public. All CNHC registrants have agreed to be bound by the highest standards of conduct and they are all professionally trained and fully insured to practise.
Portrait of Suzannah by Anne Williamson Photography