The average human brain weighs about 3 pounds. While brains typically represent only 2-3% of our body weight, the brain will consume over 20% of the energy produced by the body. Your brain is truly the most valuable and demanding organ!
Just like computers and mobile devices, which need electrical power to operate properly, your brain needs constant fueling to power its complex mainframes. Your brain needs to generate enough power to keep you alive and stay control of your body! By moving trillions of charged chemicals in and out of your cells, your brain generates its own power to function properly. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this vital organ needs ample amounts of good nutrients to power up its >88 billion brain cells. (Click here for a list of brain-based nutrients)
Mitochondria are the energy-generating organelles of every cell in your body. The higher the energy requirement of each cell type, the more mitochondria are needed. The brain, heart muscles, liver and kidneys have the highest concentration of mitochondria.
When you go to sleep at night, the energy consumption of your muscle decreases, but your brain stays just as active. Your brain does not merely go “offline”; rather, a series of highly orchestrated sleep stages play out each night. During sleep, our nervous system works to repair, detoxify, replenish important neurotransmitters, organize connections to consolidate memory, and charge up our immune system, and many more functions that we have yet to find out! That is one of the many reasons why the human brain requires so much of your body’s resources throughout the day. (Click here to find out about Sleep, Stress and Weight Gain)
Your cells produce Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in your body’s enzymatic pathways. These ROS are highly unstable molecules that extract electrons from nearby structures, causing cellular damage. Your body functions better when these dangerous wastes are removed efficiently. Antioxidants, as the name implies, sweep away and neutralize these harmful ROS from your cells.
Oxidative Stress assessment tells you how much cellular waste you have accumulated over time. The more toxins and waste you are able to free from your cells, the more resilient your body can become. This translates directly to how vibrant and energetic you feel on a day to day basis.
If you are losing your resilience, feeling tired all the time, or have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) but you haven’t found a viable solution, call our office for a comprehensive assessment. There are many contributing factors to why your energy dwindles over time; mitochondrial compromise is only one of the many key factors. Many of my patients with CFS wake up everyday feeling like they are “losing it”. They struggle to push through the day feeling exhausted way before the end of the day, often finding themselves with no energy left to exercise! Many have to give up pleasurable hobbies and times with family and friends. This is simply not the way to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
Your doctors may have already checked for sleep disorders, thyroid disorders, diabetes or cardiopulmonary diseases, but some of the factors that cause persistent fatigue can only be investigated through state-of-the-art comprehensive panels. Some of these assessments include: complete hormone evaluation, nutritional status, toxin load, oxidative stress levels, and neurotransmitter analysis.
Are you one of those top-level athletes who likes to maximize your capabilities, reach your next level, break through your current best and still feel great? Most importantly, as you push past your limit, you want to make sure you don't simultaneously hurt yourself. There are many studies of exercise physiology on endurance athletes that had demonstrated the detrimental effects on the endocrine and immune systems. These micro-damages can evolve over time and the symptoms are not very apparent until the athletes, appear seemingly healthy on the outside, suddenly crash. While the powerful will and drive to supersede themselves despite physical pain and mental exhaustion is what make top-performing athletes so great and awe-inspiring, that very strong will can be a double-edge sword.
“Overtrain Syndrome” has become better recognized nowadays, as more and more athletes have developed problems with their testosterone, cortisol and thyroid levels. The Ath-Elite Pro program is designed by many expert physicians who do endurance training themselves. This proprietary program recognizes the unique challenges that high level athletes face.
Dietary and nutrients supplements are designed individually based on some of the diagnostic test as mentioned above, and specifically geared towards optimizing your mitochondria, building muscle mass and optimizing fat loss to achieve that extra edge that many athletes work hard to achieve.