Have you ever wondered about the tiny organelles called mitochondria, which are present in almost every cell in our body? As a metabolic neurologist and a world leader in his field, Dr. Matthew Phillips provides valuable insights into his ground breaking research in the role of mitochondria in brain health, and the vital role they play for our overall health and well-being.
Watch Dr. Matthew Phillip’s full keynote presentation from The Future of Medicine Conference 2022 on Optimising Braining Health below.
Five key takeaways on optimising brain health:
1. Mitochondria are essential for energy production in our cells. Without them, our cells would not be able to generate the energy they need to perform vital functions.
2. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been linked to a wide range of health problems, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.
3. Exercise is one of the best ways to boost mitochondrial function and promote overall health.
4. Getting enough sleep is also crucial for mitochondrial health. Poor sleep quality and duration have been shown to negatively impact mitochondrial function.
5. Intermittent fasting is one of the most effective ways to improve mitochondrial function and overall health. By abstaining from food for at least 12 hours, our bodies generate ketones from stored body fat, which can be used as a superior source of energy compared to glucose. A high-fat, low-carb diet (also known as the keto diet) can also promote the production of ketones and support mitochondrial health.
Dr. Phillips emphasises that if there was one intervention that could improve the health of humanity in the West, it would be simply to prescribe intermittent fasting protocols. This method of fasting generates ketones from stored body fat, which are energy molecules and can be a superior source of energy for our brain compared to glucose. By abstaining from food for at least 12 hours, you can promote the production of ketones and support mitochondrial health.
Dr. Matthew Phillips is a world-renowned metabolic neurologist who has made significant contributions to our understanding of the role of mitochondria in human health. You can see Dr. Phillips live at the Future of Medicine Conference 2023. Learn more here.
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