We need it to live and be healthy.
When the production of our cellular energy declines, we are faced with
The main causes for a decrease in the production of cellular energy are:
The energy required for the proper functioning of our body is produced in each of our cells by parts of the cell, called "mitochondria."
We need our mitochondria to be healthy for us to be healthy.
Acting like small "power plants," mitochondria produce energy for the cell through an energy conversion process called "cellular respiration".
Mitochondria produce 90% of our energy.
In cellular respiration, the cell produces energy by using oxygen (delivered by the blood to the cell) to “burn” or break down nutrients such as glucose in a series of biochemical reactions. The generated energy is stored in a molecule of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP acts as a fuel and is indispensable to power all the cell’s activities.
The energy produced by cellular respiration and stored in ATP is vital as it allows our body to execute its many tasks: move, breathe, assimilate our food, and defend ourselves against infections.
When mitochondria no longer work efficiently, our cells lack energy and get damaged. They can no longer function efficiently. With less energy generated and stored in ATP, we are faced with an overall fatigue. We also have an increased risk to lose our health. Like all our other cells, our white cells, i.e., our very defense cells, have less energy, our immune system declines and can no longer protect us efficiently.