Head Strong: How to Improve Mitochondrial Function
Head Strong author & founder of Bulletproof, Dave Asprey, wants to live to be 180 years old. In his latest book, he stresses the importance of taking care of your mitochondria for a long and healthy life. Mitochondria are “the power plants within your cells that are ground zero for energy production.”
If you want to feel energetic, strong, and focused, upgrade your mitochondria by implementing the 2 week action plan in Dave Asprey’s new book. Strong mitochondria makes it easier to lose weight, stay focused, and feel younger.
Get a head start on upgrading your mitochondria and becoming “Head Strong” with some of these Bulletproof tips…
1. Improve your sleep quality.
Chronic sleep deprivation impacts how well your mitochondria functions. You need quality rest if you want your mitochondria to help the glymphatic system remove cellular waste overnight. Checkout these tips to hack your sleep. One of my favorite ways to fall asleep faster and unwind before bed: using a sleep induction mat. It targets acupressure points on your back, resulting in a muscle tension release and deep relaxation.
2. Fuel your mitochondria with ketones.
When you fuel your body with exogenous ketones like Brain Octane Oil and MCT Oil, your mitochondria is better equipped to produce energy. Ketones also improve mental focus, rev up your metabolism, and decrease cravings.
3. Use mitochondria-boosting supplements.
Unfair Advantage provides a shortcut to clean burning energy by delivering an important cellular nutrient called PQQ (pyrroloquinoline quinine) to your brain and body. KetoPrime helps initiate the creation of new mitochondria by providing OAA (oxaloacetate), a type of ketone that’s responsible for generating ATP energy in your cells. Learn more here.
You can train your mitochondria to be stronger with physical activity. One study showed that high intensity interval training (HIIT) made a very noticeable difference in mitochondrial function in skeletal muscle. For free HIIT workouts, sign up for my newsletter or checkout this guide to learn how to create your own HIIT workouts.
6. Try a form of fasting.
Intermittent fasting (eating all your meals within an 8 hour time period & fasting for 16 hours) or other forms of fasting can cause your body to start producing ketones. When your body is running on ketones, it may increase the number of mitochondria in nerve cells. Neurons respond to the stress of fasting by making more mitochondria. Use long forms of fasting as an occasional tool, not an everyday ritual. Talk with your doctor before trying intermittent fasting.
A final reminder…
Choose one of these head strong tips at a time instead of implementing all of them at once. Your much more likely to stick with a new healthy habit if you start with baby steps. To learn how to work smarter and think faster, click the “Head Strong” banner below and read the book. Enjoy!