You’ve heard it said many times before…you are what you eat! Consuming a diet high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is enormously important to supporting the health of your mitochondria.
Healthy foods usually have lots of colors. Think carrots, butternut squash, kale, purple potatoes, and berries. These foods contain the highest amount of antioxidant nutrients that are important to supporting mitochondrial function.
When it comes to protein, try to consume some protein with every meal. Nuts, beans, low-fat dairy products, egg whites, and lean meats are the best sources of this vital nutrient. Low-fat, low-sugar yogurt is another great way to provide your body with protein, calcium, and healthy bacteria that also supports gut and immune system health.
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The importance of this next recommendation cannot be overstated. Try to avoid consuming large amounts of sugar and processed foods. Processed sugars and carbohydrates are toxic to your body. They stress your pancreas, raise insulin levels, depress the health of your immune system, worsen cardiovascular disease and promote the growth of unhealthy bacteria in your gut.
You’ve probably heard the terms “good carbs” and “bad carbs”. Distinguishing between these two forms of carbohydrates is actually pretty straightforward. “Good carbs” are carbohydrates found in the bulk and produce sections of the grocery store. These include fruits, vegetables, brown rice, barley, quinoa, and all varieties of beans.
“Bad carbs” are carbohydrates that have been processed in a factory. Once carbohydrates go through a factory, they almost always have chemicals and preservatives added. They are also processed to the point where their nutritional value becomes significantly degraded.
Eating a healthy, natural foods diet is the foundation of good mitochondrial health!