IN YOUR DAILY DOSE: you’ll discover the microscopic powerhouses of your cells are actually the driving force behind the development of cancer.
MAKING CHANGES: You impact the function of your mitochondria through your life choices. Here are several strategies you can use to reduce the potential for developing cancer or helping to successfully treat diseases you already have.
FACT OR FICTION: Does your brain use electricity to think?
In The News
Although scientists used to believe that cancer was the result of DNA changes that impacted mitochondrial metabolism, they now know the process happens in reverse. First there is a change in your mitochondrial metabolism and THEN you experience DNA changes that trigger the development of disease.
In a recent study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found mitochondrial stress alone may be responsible for tumor growth. Cancer cells require a continuous supply of nutrients and oxygen to support unregulated growth. New findings suggest that mitochondrial stress alone may trigger metabolic shifts that play an important role in the growth of cancer cells. Senior author, Dr. Narayan Avadhani, professor of biochemistry at Penn State’s School of Veterinary Medicine Department commented in Science Daily:
"In all five cancer cell lines we looked at, we saw that p53 was induced when mitochondrial function was affected. This led to our discovery that it's possible to promote tumor growth independent of the HIF-1α pathway, which had up to this point been a prime target of therapeutic interventions."
Daily Health Tip
The tip today is to reduce your mitochondrial stress. This is simpler than trying to reduce the everyday stress you live with. In making changes are several ways you may impact your mitochondrial engines in each of your cells.
Some simple changes will help to modify the way in which your mitochondria function and reduce stress on the little engines that are the basis for energy production in your body.
- Intermittent fasting - or going between 12 and 15 hours without food helps to reset the mitochondria.
- Reduce your sugar and carbohydrate intake.
- Ensure you are getting enough of the following vitamins and minerals:
- Ubiquinol (if you’re over 40) or CoQ10 (if you’re younger than 40).
- All B vitamins
- Alpha - lipoic acid (ALA)
Before running to the supplement store for a bottle of each, spend a few minutes researching the foods that provide you with the nutrition. If you feel you’re short, then make that trip. Don’t get overwhelmed by looking things up - just look at one thing each day and before you know it you’ll have created a plan that will help prevent cancer.
I avoid taking anything for granted. I recognize that all I achieve is as a result of the sacrifice of another person.
I make an effort to be present in the moment. It is important for me to stay connected with each chance I get to live fully. I embrace each opportunity to do something special with my life. My focus is to help make living worthwhile for anyone I am able to.
Fact or Fiction?
Does your brain use electricity to think?
TRUE! Actually it burns through 20 watts of power each hour you’re engaged in serious thinking. That electrical power is generated from the food you eat. The more you think, the more calories you burn.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team