Our energy comes from our mitochondria which are tiny energy factories packed into our cells – we have 2000 mitochondria packed into the tiny cells of each heart and brain cell.
How well our cell energy factories (mitochondria) generate ATP (the fuel that powers us) determines our biologic age.
We can’t change our chronological age (number of birthdays) unless we lie (not that anyone we know would ever do that) 🙂
We can change our biologic age – the age we function. We all know people who are age 50 but look and feel age 80 as well as people age 80 who look and feel age 50. My Dad is a great example of the latter.
A key part of aging is losing many of our precious mitochondria. To make matters worse, our remaining mitochondria suffer damage leading to an energy deficit. Remember, Wellness is energy, energy, energy. To sum it up:
number of mitochondria in each cell
Health & efficiency of those mitochondria
We are as Young as Our Mitochondria!
What can we do to support our mitochondria?
We can improve the Well ness & functional efficiency of the mitochondria we have.
We can make new mitochondria (biogenesis) – at any age!
Improving the Efficiency of Our Mitochondria
If we are not making energy efficiently, we are instead making fat & destructive free radicals. Here are some steps that are proven to work:
635 nm wavelength red coherent laser therapy. The Erchonia professional grade cold lasers (do not generate harmful heating) are the most effective available anywhere to do this – with the research to back it up. These healing lasers boost energy production by our mitochondria between 40 and 50%. An amazing “battery charge”. This laser photonic energy also triggers multiple anti-aging cellular pathways. The violet and red laser combination we use also trigger making new mitochondria.
Eat nutrient dense whole foods and avoid processed foods.
Avoid the nasty mitochondrial poison, glyphosate (Roundup), which is sprayed on our crops and concentrated in our vegetables, meats, and processed food. Eating organic is phenomenally important to minimize exposure. The average American has 1 pound of this toxin in their body – no wonder we are so fat, sick, tired, anxious, depressed, and inflamed.
Eat less sugar and fruit – high levels are toxic to our mitochondria and metabolism.
Eat more Veggies, quality protein, and healthy fats: Olive, Coconut, Avocado, MCT oil are good sources.
Supplement smart – the Core 4:
A high-grade Multiple Vitamin/Mineral like Mega Multi Pro
A bioavailable source of high potency magnesium like Acti-mag
Vitamin K2-D3 at optimal dose based on blood lab testing
A high quality, clean, bioavailable Omega 3 like Omega Pure 1300 Pro which is 320% better absorbed than regular fish oil.
7. Advanced Supplementation:
A probiotic like MegaSpore Biotic to support our Microbiome – the 100 TRILLION bacteria/microbes that live mostly in our gut. Did you know that our Microbiome talks to our Mitochondria? We MUST have a healthy, diverse, balanced Microbiome for our Mitochondria to work well.
Time-released Alpha Lipoic Acid. I use ALA-Max which we have found to be the most effective form.
A bioactive high-grade methylated resveratrol. I take our Resveratin Plus (Resveratrol/Pterostilbene Complex) to activate the Sirtuin pathways to turn off the aging cell signaling pathways.
Coenzyme Ql0 I CoQl0 I ubiquinone – we especially like the more active Ubiquinone form.
Pyrroloquinoline Quinone I PQQ I Methoxatin
8. Intermittent fasting: I use green tea, MCT oil, and Collagen protein in my breakfast drink on my workout days. It increases my strength up to 20%. This carb fasting approach triggers ketosis so I am burning fat for fuel which is much more efficient than burning sugar leading to my increased muscle strength & efficiency.
9. High intensity interval training – I combine fasting with my NOW-T exercise sessions 2X/week with Austin in our clinic. It takes just 15 minutes of variable resistance training 2X/week to powerfully activate the anti-aging pathways while boosting mitochondrial wellness.
10. Exposure to cold. I use cold (cool in the summer here) showers and cold immersions in our unheated swimming pool in the winter.
11. Great quality and quantity of deep, restful sleep is profoundly important for our mitochondrial health and wellness.
12. Effective relaxation techniques – especially meditation
13. Get enough Sunlight while avoiding sunburns – we are “solar powered”.
Making New Mitochondria
This is called mitochondrial biogenesis and can be turned on at any age. Most of what works to improve the efficiency of our Mitochondria also works to trigger biogenesis. Here are the top triggers for making new mitochondria:
High intensity interval training – I combine fasting with my NOW-T sessions 2X/week with Austin in our clinic. Takes just 15 minutes of variable resistance training 2X/week to powerfully activate the anti-aging pathways while boosting mitochondrial wellness.
Supplement with bioactive methylated Resveratrol (pterostilbene)
Many suffer with anxiety, depression, fatigue, Brain Fog, post-concussion brain injuries, or neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis. Others suffer with attention deficit problems, hyperactivity, or autism symptoms.
Is there hope for improvements?
In our experience, the answer is usually “yes” as long as we work to “Solve the Puzzle” of why your brain is suffering.
The science of neuroplasticity tells us that our neurons (brain cells) can change (plasticity) more than we imagine. This means our brain can rewire even after a stroke or brain injury to take over the functions of the damaged areas in ways that can sometime seem miraculous. After years of abuse, neglect, and suffering, our brain has a remarkable ability to heal and change.
What does our brain need to rewire and heal?
Energy – we need our mitochondria to work really well to power the rewiring miracle of neuroplasticity. We have tools like healing lasers, frequency specific microcurrent, pulsed magnetic field therapy and a host of nutraceutical supplements to recharge our neurons and body.
Stimulation – we need activation of critical brain control centers – especially the parasympathetic controls centers located in our brain stem to dial back our stress response and turn on:
Healing and Repair
Calm and Peaceful
Digestion and Detox
Mitochondrial repair and regeneration
We use tools like unilateral spinal neurologic adjusting, Vagal stimulation therapies, and brain activation therapies.
Exercise – since neurons that fire together, wire together, we must use these new brain circuits we are creating or we lose them. Vagal stimulation exercises, Neuromodulation therapies, and sensory stimulation therapies can have especially powerful benefits.
In short, we need to “Solve the Puzzle” of why your brain is suffering to help create a “Happy Brain”
A consult or Foundation Visit is a great way to get started. Others who want learn even more about their brain start with a Brain Scan.
Call Renovare at (623) 776-0206 for more information
We have 5 TRILLION synapses in our brain – the most complex network in the known universe! Each synapse is a small gap at the end of a neuron (nerve cell) that allows a signal to pass from one neuron to the next.
With dementia, we lack the resources (energy, nutritents, ATP, stimulation) to support these synapses, so they begin to wither.
Below are examples of possible symptoms that can occurr if nerve synapses begin to wither. Everyone is different:
At 10% loss, we likely notice nothing – our brain compensates
Same at 20%
At 30%, perhaps we think it is just “aging” even if we are age 45
At 40%, more noticeable. We may develop chronic digestive problems and anxiety/depression and insomnia.
At 50% loss, we may be diagnosed with “Mild Cognitive Decline” which is really early dementia.
At 60% or speech and hearing decline, our automatic functions start to decline – perhaps high blood pressure, fatigue, and respiratory problems develop.At 70 or 80% loss, we don’t remember our family and friends.
At 70 or 80% loss – we don’t remember our family and friends
Beyond – organ systems start to shut down until we eventually die from our Neurodegenerative disease (not pneumonia, COVID, or other)
It is very Important to get a “Cognoscopy” (colonoscopy for the brain) to pick up problems early when they can more easily be helped.
A snapshot from “Why Am I Not Right Since My Concussion?” by Dr. Timothy Gerhart
Digestive health is the foundation of Brain Health – if digestion doesn’t work, your brain CANNOT work well. Your 1st Brain (head) and 2nd Brain (gut) are profoundly and intricately linked.
Digestive problems are usually a major “root” or part of the causes of:
Brain inflammation and post-concussion syndrome.
Memory & sleep problems
Poor Stress tolerance
Migraines and other headaches.
Fatigue – mental or physical
Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Blood sugar balance problems
Metabolism and weight gain (gaining fat while losing muscle) problems.
Leaky Gut (now a recognized medical condition) is becoming more and more common. Antibiotics devastate the tight junctions between the cells that line our gut so they leak like a sieve. Leaky Gut leads to Leaky Brain resulting in Brain inflammation and dysfunction blocking the brain healing process.
Food allergies (esp. delayed “stealth” food allergies) appear to affect most of us.
Gluten and Dairy intolerance or allergy problems are becoming quite prevalent.
LifeStyle change (rather than popping a pill) is recommended as the “First Line” of therapy/treatment for many digestive problems.
There is a tried and true approach for repair & healing of Leaky Gut– The 5R Program.
Learn more details about the leaky gut, leaky brain connection, including approaches to repair and heal leaky gut. Click Here to go to our online store to purchase your downloadable or published copy of Why Am I Not Right Since My Concussion.
What does good balance have to do with preserving memory and brain function?
Our cerebellum, at the base of our brain, governs balance, as well as precision, coordination, and timing. The movements of daily life keep our cerebellum in a constant state of activity.
It’s this constant activity that keeps the rest of our brain on its toes. A healthy cerebellum (with an active lifestyle) feeds our brain a steady stream of information to keep it actively firing.
Bad Balance Leads to Bad Brain Function
This explains why symptoms of cerebellum degeneration, such as bad balance, often tie into loss of memory, poor ability to learn, and weakened brain endurance. Our brain isn’t getting enough “activation” from our cerebellum to keep it charged and running well. Declining balance is also strongly linked to dementia!
Brain Overwhelm from Bad Balance
When our outer cerebellum degenerates, it no longer filters sensory input leading to brain overload.
Symptoms may include restless leg syndrome, tinnitus, hypersensitivity to stress, depression, fatigue, anxiety, and others that you wouldn’t think could be related to balance.
Do You have Balance Problems?
Do you wobble if you stand on one foot with your eyes closed more than 15 seconds?
Can you walk in a straight heel-to-toe line with your eyes closed without stumbling?
Can you stand with your feet together and close your eyes without swaying?
This could be a sign of compromised brain health and needs to be measured since “What Gets Measured, Gets Improved” With a balance test baseline, we can design a Balance Rehab Program to guide your improvements.
Many who think their balance is fine, are surprised when testing reveals early balance problems that can be helped
There are almost 5000 published papers on force plate balance testing showing it is the gold standard with diagnostic value in conditions ranging from concussion & traumatic brain injury to Parkinson’s disease.
The system we use has a normative database of over 17,000 test results so your results can show if you have the balance of someone years younger or years older than you.
The system shows a Fall Risk Assessment: Low, Medium, and High
The system shows your improvements eg. From high to low fall risk, from the balance of an 80 year-old to the balance of a 45 year-old.
This testing is critical to understanding brain & central nervous system, somatosensory, vestibular, and oculomotor systems.
It is ideal to have a baseline test of your balance. Should you have a concussion or traumatic brain injury, we can quickly see the effects and have a target for recovery.
A groundbreaking paper published in the Journal of Vestibular Research, Does Vestibular Damage Cause Cognitive Dysfunction in Humans,demonstrates that the degree of damage to the vestibular system is directly correlated to changes in the hippocampus, which is a key component of memory and higher cognitive function.
A more recent paper published in the journal Stroke entitled Association of Postural Instability With Asymptomatic Cerebrovascular Damage and Cognitive Declinen discusses the irrefutable link between poor balance, cognitive decline, and small blood vessel disease in the brain. Subjects that had a reduced ability to stand on one leg were clearly shown to have lower cognitive functions of memory and spatial awareness. The lead author of this study urged that those with postural instability (impaired balance) should receive special attention as they may be at greater risk of cognitive decline.
With early detection of balance problems, you have the ability to improve. As with anything else in your body, the longer you wait to act, the less likely you will be able to fully recover much needed function and perform at your highest ability.
The better your ability to balance, the better your ability to think!
Schedule Your Balance Test Now! Call us at (623) 776-0206.
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