Mighty Mitochondria

In my studies with Dr Henele Eale of Energetic Health Institute I’ve come to understand that all healing and disease begins with the mitochondria. When you’re dealing with disease, first and foremost give the mitochondria what they need. The following is a list of nutrients the mitochondria need to function properly and efficiently:


I am not a nutritionist (yet) nor am I a registered dietician. This information is not meant to diagnose or treat disease. This is simply information I have received from a naturopathic doctor who has over 10 years of clinical experience successfully resolving disease. As always, consult a medical professional before taking any medication or supplements.

  • Cortisol – a hormone released by your adrenal glands. Stress is known to negatively effect the function of your adrenal glands.
  • B vitamins
  • Thyroid hormone  supported by adequate intake of iodine (sea vegetables are a good source)
  • Alpha lipoic acid – a powerful antioxidant that supports liver health; found in high doses in organ meats, chlorella, yeast, liver, kidney, spinach, broccoli, carrots, beets, yams, and potatoes are good sources of alpha-lipoic acid
  • Co-Q-10 – a powerful antioxidant synthesized in the body by proteins, also found in meats, fish, and nuts. A supplement of this is a good idea. Statins are known to inhibit the body’s production of cholesterol. The body also produces Co-Q-10 along the same pathway.
  • Acetyl L-carnitine – also supports heart health, made by the body when physically active, found in animal protein.
  • Magnesium – green leafy vegetables. Eat something green every day.
  • Iron – dark leafy greens, chlorella, organ meats, animal protein, cooking with caste iron
  • Sulfur – this nutrient also resists bacteria; is found in cruciferous vegetables such as: broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, and turnips. Also found in garlic, onions, and leeks.
  • Copper – a co-factor in a powerful antioxidant called Superoxide Dismutase, must be balanced in the body with zinc; found in shrimp, sesame seeds, cashews, soy beans, summer squash, leafy greens, and asparagus.
  • porphyrin rings from chlorophyll – yup, green foods
  • Oxygen –develop a deep breathing practice. Stress can make people breathe shallow. Oxygen from clean water sources too.

Engaging the parasympathetic nervous system boosts mitochondrial energy production. Ways to engage the parasympathetic nervous system:

  • Laughter
  • Quality sleep, yawning for some unknown reason
  • Deep breathing
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Focusing on the positive

List of things that inhibit Mitochondrial energy production:

  • Heavy metals
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants i.e. PCB’s, DDT, dioxins from waste incineration
  • Antibiotics
  • Viral infections
  • Trans fats
  • Lack of beneficial bacteria/imbalanced micro biome
  • Stress
  • Barbiturates
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Proton Pump inhibitors (ant-acids)
  • Negative internal dialogue
  • Energy draining reactions

More disclaimer:

The information here is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease. I am not a doctor.

You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.  

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

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Merianne works with moms who struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle while juggling family and professional commitments. Whether it's transitioning to a cleaner lifestyle on a budget, losing the baby weight, learning to cook around food allergies, or integrating healthy routines, Merianne supports moms of all lifestyles and schedules. Merianne's holistic style of coaching empowers individuals to take an active role in their own health by repairing their relationship with food and managing stress effectively. Merianne also supports corporations with wellness programs, group coaching programs, and health workshops.
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