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The body is an ecosystem. Every cell has its own unique function and purpose. When one part of this system breaks down, it can affect every other part of the system. The key to optimal health is balance and harmony between all parts of your body’s ecosystem – from your gut to your immune system, from your brain to your heart.

Being able to extricate energy from the foods eaten is a vital physiological process. Without it, the capacity to do anything, from breathing to moving would be impossible.

Energy is required at the molecular level all the way up to humans and beyond. To do this the bioenergetic core process utilises cellular organelles called mitochondria. It is within these ancient structures that food molecules derived from the assimilation core process mix with oxygen and is broken down into energy and the waste products of urea, water and carbon dioxide.

Many chronic conditions associated with fatigue and pain have their roots in functional changes in the body’s mitochondria.

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What You Need to Know About Bioenergetics…

What It Means

The primary area of focus for the biological process of bioenergetics are the cellular organelles, mitochondria.

Why It's Important

The bioenergetics core process is key to our survival as humans. Accelerated or premature biological ageing and chronic disease can occur as a result of changes in mitochondrial function. The bioenergetic process is reliant upon the proper intake of key nutrients.

Powerful Insight

Chronic fatigue syndrome is associated with poor mitochondrial function. Mitochondrial function can also be negatively affected by type 2 diabetes which can affect the brain and contribute to dementia.

3 Actions to Boost Your Bioenergetics

Cut Free Radical Sources

Anything that produces free radicals in the body or overloads the free radical protection system has the potential to damage mitochondria. Free radicals are atoms of molecules with unpaired electrons that are highly chemically reactive and damage the body over time. Consider cutting out or avoiding smoking, excessive alcohol use, and poor-quality diets.

Get Enough Sleep

An inadequate amount of sleep or impaired sleep quality will increase oxidative stress within the body and have negative effects on mitochondrial health, worsening pain, mood disorders, fatigue, and neurodegenerative disease. Aim for 7-9 hours of high-quality sleep by setting a regular bedtime and include time to wind down before bed.

Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet containing Omega-3 fats, nutrient-dense foods full of antioxidants, good quality proteins, and cruciferous vegetables will help keep mitochondria healthy. Start by cooking one healthy dinner containing these ingredients tonight.


Hello, I’m Leah!

I’m a biomedical scientist, epidemiologist, public health practitioner, health improvement consultant and the founder of The Thrive Practice.
Which is all just a formal way of saying: I’m a professional wellness detective.

Driven by data and supported by science, I’m unerringly obsessed with exploring your unique biochemistry to methodically get to the root of your health issues.

Because unlike conventional medicine, my focus isn’t on treating your body’s symptoms; it’s on treating your interconnected system so that, together, we can beat the odds and make miracles happen for your health and healing.

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