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4 vital steps for improved health on a cellular level
Implementing these will be key in your cancer prevention efforts.
Today, we will continue discussing the potential contributing factors that can increase cancer development. As mentioned in one of our prior articles, human cells have millions of mitochondria responsible for generating energy for normal cellular function. Mitochondria rely on adequate nutrients and a healthy cellular environment to work optimally and make the most molecules of energy. Some of the essential nutrients include Alpha Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q 10, and L-Carnitine, which can all be found in a consistently healthy diet, but often people benefit from taking these in supplements to better support mitochondrial function. Athletes have noticed a significant improvement in performance when taking these supplements before and during exercise, as less lactic acid accumulates in the cell and therefore allows faster recovery.
When the mitochondria does't have adequate nutrients and/or adequate oxygen delivery to the cells, it has to rely on making energy inefficiently, which causes lactic acid accumulation. This unhealthy change in the cellular environment helps promote cellular damage and allows these damaged cells to avoid being programmed for cell death, which over time can lead to uncontrolled cell growth.
To best protect mitochondrial function, I recommend the following healthy changes:
- Eat a very healthy diet, consisting primarily of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts (not including peanuts), seeds, eggs, fish, turkey, olive oil, avocado, and non-gluten whole grains such as quinoa and brown rice. A good example is a Mediterranean diet.
- Perform regular, almost daily activity and exercise, including aerobic and resistance forms of activity. Examples include walking, jogging, biking, hiking, swimming, yoga, pilates, spin class, and weight training.
- Maintain a balanced life, managing stress on a regular basis. Stress increases oxidative damage to the cells and can therefore damage mitochondrial function. Incorporate relaxing and enjoyable activities in your regular schedule, and always take time to laugh, laughter greatly enhances your immune function as well.
- Consider taking mitochondrial-supporting supplements, such as Alpha Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, and L-Carnitine. Make sure you choose a high quality, bioavailable brand and proper dosing. A Genova Nutreval panel can help patients determine what dose of these nutrients, as well as other essential nutrients a person needs (The NutrEval panel is available at Health in Balance.)
As you implement these factors, you will continue to lower your risk of cancer and work towards prevention.
We encourage you to take action now to secure health in the future. It is important to invest in your health and get the help you need along the way. We are here for you in that process. Schedule an appointment below to meet with our team of professionals and give your body the care it needs.
To your optimal health,
Dr. Marcela Dominguez
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