Exercise Your Way to Health, Not Disease

ABC Chiropractor, ABC Doctor

Dr. Erica S. Kasprzyk, DC

New Year’s resolutions probably haven’t made it to the top of your to-do list this month.  But I want to put a bug in your ear for next month when you start tackling how you intend to exercise more.

You’ve probably noticed once you get a bit of a routine going, that exercise gets a little easier. Then when you slack off for awhile, you have to get back in the groove all over again.

Part of that has to do with the number of energy-producing units in the cell. When you exercise, you stimulate more mitochondria to be made inside of every cell.

There is DNA in the center of cells for controlling what chemicals and proteins get made. But the mitochondria, which is just a mini working organ inside the cell, has its own DNA. So exercisers get the added benefit of stimulating the mitochondrial DNA to make more copies of itself.

Since the mitochondria are the site for energy production, exercising leads to extra places for energy to be made; you have more places where oxygen is used in that last step to get an energy molecule. That is the same step that produces carbon dioxide.

In every energy transfer of oxygen, however, you get a free radical made. When you exercise regularly, you beef up the cell’s ability to make energy. At the same time, you also beef up the cell’s free radicals. Do you remember that free radicals are the nasty guys that like to go around stealing electrons from the nearest molecule that it can?

Unfortunately, research has shown that free radicals are most likely to steal electrons from that mitochondrial DNA. It’s not protected like cellular DNA is with a covering called the nucleus. Plus, it’s located very close-by and hey, that unstable free radical isn’t going to be very choosy. It is going to swipe from the easiest target.

That’s why super-exercisers are more likely to die early than non- exercisers.

The solution is extra supplementation of anti-oxidants (“anti” = against; oxidants=an oxygen stealer; thus, anti-oxidants get rid of oxidizing agents, or free radicals.) It is especially critical for exercisers to supplement with a host of antioxidants that your body can’t make: Vitamins A, B, C, & E.

It is also necessary to supplement with building blocks for anti-oxidants that your body CAN make: n-acetyl cysteine, selenium & manganese help make glutathione; alpha lipoic acid, coQ10 and L-acetyl carnitine beef up the antioxidants that work near the mitochondria. It’s wild to think that exercising could accelerate you closer to cancer. But that is the indications in the research. More free radicals means more damage to mitochondria. Then the mitochondria are less effective at converting sugar to energy. And a lack of energy, well you already know how that feels at times. Not good. The other parts of the body that are relying on it, like your nerves and brain are especially cranky without it!

That’s why I continue to recommend Nutriwest’s Complete A-G. It provides minerals and ingredients for the mitochondria.

Complete Glutathione provides support for making the antioxidant glutathione. I personally like using the Complete Whey G powder in my morning shakes. It boosts glutathione, too.

If you’re taking Vibe, then you are getting all of the listed ingredients except alpha lipoic acid. Not too shabby from one product!

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