Always Tired, Cranky & Overwhelmed? A Naturopath Explains Why

Hint: It's got to do with the mitochondria in our bodies.

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Hands up if you’re feeling tired, cranky or just simply overwhelmed? Well, with 2019 being less than two months away (crazy, we know) who can blame you!
Yet, while the weight of the year that’s almost come and gone can certainly take its toll, renowned Naturopath, Stephen Eddey, wants us to know that a lot of the time the amount of energy we have
can come down to our levels of stress. And news flash, 35% of Australians say they feel relentlessly stressed all the time.
Here he explains how mitochondria in our body relates to all of this, and how you can manage this to naturally boost your energy levels.

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What is Mitochondria?

Mitochondria are organelles in our body, which help to turn the energy we get from our food into the energy that our body’s cells can use. They’ve got a huge job of powering our metabolic system, as well as helping to dispose of old, broken or dead cells from the body – basically because they’re no longer needed or aren’t useful.

How are our stress and energy levels linked?

This all comes down to our mitochondria. Essentially, when you’re stressed, your mitochondria get distracted by the creation of free radicals, which can cause health problems, accelerate ageing, and ultimately leave you feeling tired, exhausted and moody.
Below, Stephen’s top tips to manage this and naturally boost energy levels:

1. Ubiquinol

To help support your mitochondria health, a supplement, such as Ubiquinol can be helpful. This is because Ubiquinol, like mitochondria, is found in every cell in the body. Ubiquinol may help to reverse any health problems caused by the free radicals caused by mitochondria function. It’s one of the most powerful antioxidants found naturally in the body and is essential for energy production.

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2. Diet

Taking a supplement may not always be enough. Avoid foods which can tax the mitochondria, such as processed foods, sugar and dairy, and cut down on the animal sources of protein a little. Instead, support your mitochondria with fresh (organic if possible) fruit and vegetables.

3. Exercise

Even if you feel exhausted, try to fit in some exercise each day. A ten-minute stroll can do wonders for your stress levels, and will also assist your mitochondria in its role in dealing with stress.

4. Sleep

Linked to exercise, because, you guessed it… sleep will help your mitochondria reduce feelings of exhaustion, mood swings and help you face the day with a smile.
Speak to a health practitioner before adding a supplement to your diet.

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