Mitochondria are essential to our overall health and well-being. In addition to producing energy, they regulate many critical processes in the body. (1/11) #mitochondria #energy #health
Mitochondria play a key role in the production and regulation of neurotransmitters. They also help produce key hormones like cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone. (2/11) #mitochondria #hormones #neurotransmitters #neurotwitter
Mitochondria are involved in epigenetics, which is the expression of #genes from the nucleus. They send signals to the nucleus that turn genes on or off. (3/11) #epigenetics #genes #mitochondria
Mitochondria are crucial in calcium regulation, which helps turn cells on and off. (4/11) #mitochondria #cells #biology
Inflammation is an essential part of the body's response to injury or infection, and mitochondria play a key role in turning inflammation on and off. (5/11) #inflammation #mitochondria
Mitochondria also play a critical role in our stress response. When we're stressed, mitochondria control cortisol levels, the release of neurotransmitters, inflammation, and even epigenetic changes. (6/11) #mitochondria #cortisol #stress #inflammation #neurotransmitters
Mitochondrial dysfunction can lead to a range of health problems, including mental health problems like #depression #anxiety and #bipolar disorder (7/11) #mitochondria #brainenergy #metabolicpsychiatry
A cell with dysfunctional or malfunctioning #mitochondria can lead to disorders in the #brain. This includes mental illness and neurological disorders. (8/11)
Understanding mitochondrial dysfunction as a root cause of #mentalillness and neurological disorders provides a cohesive narrative of the disease processes seen in #psychiatry and #neurology (9/11)
Any intervention in these fields that do not upregulate or improve mitochondrial function is the equivalent of #medical theater or band-aids. (10/11)
People deserve access to powerful mitochondrial interventions, like the #ketogenic diet, to ameliorate these conditions. (11/11)

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