Mitochondria are structures inside the cell that use oxygen and nutrients to produce energy. They are often called the “powerhouse” of the cell. Cells that require high levels of energy, like those in the brain, heart, nerves, and muscles, have higher concentrations of mitochondria than other cells.
When our mitochondria are damaged and functioning poorly, we may experience symptoms like pain, fatigue, and brain fog. Mitochondrial dysfunction has also been associated with diabetes, premature aging, and various neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; often called Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Mitochondria can be damaged by lifestyle factors: poor diet, high stress elves, toxin exposure, and inflammation. Mitochondrial dysfunction can be prevented or even reversed by lifestyle factors, as well: eating adequate protein and high-quality fats, consuming protective enzymes and antioxidants, maintaining stable blood sugar, reducing toxin exposure, and choosing more plant foods.
The Mito Keto Food Plan is a fundamental tool used in functional medicine. This plan is different from mainstream keto and includes lean protein sources, high vegetable intake, and a moderately low carbohydrate intake. By focusing on determining the right quantity of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and phytonutrients to support healthy mitochondrial function, this food plan helps reinforce proper cellular energy production, balance blood sugar, and decrease inflammation in the body.
The Mito Keto Food Plan Features:
- Protective antioxidants
- Anti-inflammatory nutrients
- Therapeutic foods
- Quality dietary fats
- Low glycemic foods
- Reduced carbohydrate intake
- Intermittent fasting