Why You’ll Want to Boost ATP Production Today
Have you ever heard of ATP?
Many of you probably learned about it back in the day when you were taking a high school biology class.
I know that’s where I first heard about it. To be sure, when I was sitting in that class I couldn’t have suspected that I’d be writing an article on why my patients need to be doing all they can to boost their ATP production and efficiency.
But as you’ll soon see, boosting ATP is one of the key ways to ensure you feel absolutely amazing.
As you’ll soon see, ATP production is directly tied to how good you feel as it’s essential for helping you maintain stellar energy levels.
If you boost ATP production you may not conquer the world… but you’ll probably feel like you could.
Why ATP Is So Important For Fighting Fatigue
ATP is an essential element for all kinds of biological processes.
ATP stands for Adenosine triphosphate. I don’t expect you to remember that and there won’t be a test on this.
It’s an organic compound made within your cell’s mitochondria and what it’s essential for is giving you energy so that your muscles will contract, or your nerves fire and even chemicals in your body synthesize.
Most important is that ATP acts like a battery for your cells and stores deep reserves of energy within its chemical bonds. As you go about doing normal things in your life, like sitting in a chair (or standing up from a chair) ATP is releasing energy into your body so you can get things done.
If ATP production ever fails to maintain healthy levels you may find you feel extra tired. And that’s why I think it’s critical you make smart choices to maximize ATP production. Oftentimes the reason my patients end up feeling so tired and their ATP levels start to wane is the result of mitochondrial dysfunction.
Fortunately there are simple, natural things you can do to reverse mitochondrial dysfunction and get on a path to having steady energy levels.
1 - Stay Hydrated:
This is one of those simple tips most people read and say “duh” over. But guess what… chances are you’re not properly hydrated.
Why is being hydrated critical for boosting ATP production?
Our bodies are mostly water, and if you’re dehydrated it means your cells can’t function properly. Essentially you deprive your body of the main channel it needs in order to make the signalling of energy distribution happen.
2 - Eat Fungus:
Ok, I know it’s odd for me to encourage you to eat fungus. We tend to think of fungus as being gross, and unhealthy.
It’s not the case though.
There’s one kind of fungus in particular that you can take on a daily basis to boost ATP production.
It’s called Cordyceps.
For centuries the Chinese used cordyceps for the very same reasons I’m recommending it to you today.
They knew that cordyceps helped with establishing and maintaining baseline metabolic rates as well as helping produce energy within your body.
One of the chief reasons to take cordyceps is because it’s effective at helping boost ATP levels when you’re stressed out. As you know, stress robs you of energy and cordyceps can help with producing unimpeded blood flow as well as helping to flush out the formation of stress-induced lactic acid buildup.
In fact, you can take cordyceps and use it to recover from incredibly difficult exercise and maintain your energy levels. Most people complain that they don’t like working out because it wipes them out and the truth is exercise really can induce life-halting fatigue.
A study of rats forced to swim to exhaustion showed that when they were given cordyceps they were able to swim 88% longer than rats who didn’t get cordyceps.
3 - Add More Magnesium Into Your Diet:
Magnesium is responsible for the facilitation of 300+ enzymatic reactions, and the formation and use of ATP is one of these.
I’ve written time and time again about how important magnesium is, and now you can see how if you were deficient in it, you’d suffer.
Dr. Carolyn Dean wrote this about the power of magnesium for boosting ATP production:
“It is an integral part of the energy (ATP) and protein (enzymes – as co-factor and as a structural component of the muscle protein, myosin) molecules—without which the energy to contract and relax the heart does not occur properly.
Magnesium is also an essential element in the construction of the cell membrane and vitally important to the electrolyte balance of cells. In that the heart is composed of cells, magnesium plays a role in the integral strength of the heart muscle itself. When magnesium levels begin to get too low the body tries very hard to adapt, but these basic functions of energy production and cell structure can be affected, and when they are, symptoms of heart or cardiovascular disease can begin to manifest.”
You need cellular energy to get through the day, and now you can see just how magnesium is responsible for this.
4 - Add Ginseng to the Mix:
Ginseng is highly regarded in Asian cultures for its energy enhancing effects.
The Chinese have used it for centuries to help ward off fatigue and you could definitely benefit from that use as well.
Ginseng has some unique qualities that help to boost ATP production, and it has everything to do with how ginseng acts as an antioxidant and shields cells from the damaging effects of free radicals.
As Life Extension writes: studies of ginseng indicate it enhances ATP within the mitochondria by “activating multiple enzymes in the so-called tricarboxylic acid cycle (or Krebs cycle), enabling mitochondria to extract maximum energy (in the form of ATP) from their glucose fuel in the presence of oxygen.”.
This helps the cells keep pace in the incredibly energy-demanding environment of ATP production.
Now there is one thing to realize about taking ginseng for ATP production. Ginseng must ferment in the intestines so you can get those kinds of results, and that isn’t easily done.
Fortunately there are formulations of ginseng you can purchase that come pre-fermented which will help you get the benefits you’re looking for.
There’s Even More Reason to Boost ATP Production
One of the main reasons you’d want to boost ATP production is because you absolutely must have it in order to get protein synthesized from all the amino acids you get from diet.
The more efficient your cells are at producing ATP, the more efficiently and effectively you’re able to build muscle, while staying lean and healthy.
I think a lot of people neglect ATP production (because they don’t know about it) and if you’re able to incorporate some of these techniques you’ll end up feeling a lot better!