The Relationship Between The Food We Eat and Our Mitochondria

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Ari Whitten Notable Quotes

“[Mitochondria] are very sensitive environmental sensors that can pick up on threat, and they can be very fragile. The modern world is also fragilizing them, making them very susceptible to damage for a multitude of reasons.”
Ari Whitten

“I tend to look at the relationship of nutrition and mitochondrial function not so much from the perspective of a specific food immediately causing damage, but how it’s modifying the function of our gut, and our hormones, and our insulin sensitivity, and our blood sugar regulation in such a way that’s either allowing mitochondria to function well or is poisoning them.”
Ari Whitten


Episode Summary

For however many years, we’ve always just known the mitochondria to produce energy—that’s it. But in recent years, scientists have discovered the much bigger role it plays in maintaining our overall health…and what we can do to help it help us.

In this episode of This Podcast Burns Fat, we’re talking to health expert, author, and founder of The Energy Blueprint Ari Whitten to walk us through what it means to keep our mitochondria, and in turn, ourselves, healthy and thriving.


Relevant Links

Ari WhittenWebsite | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Programs

The Energy Blueprint Podcast

Books by Ari Whitten


In this Episode of This Podcast Burns Fat!

  • Omar and Lori introduce the episode’s guest, Ari Whitten (01:15)
  • What is mitochondria and what do they do? (03:40)
    • Mitochondria as cellular defense (05:00)
  • Are mitochondria fragile? (08:25)
    • Mitochondria are sensitive environmental sensors (08:42)
    • Over 1/3 of American adults have reactive hypoglycemia (11:58)
  • How big a factor is nutrition when it comes to mitochondrial function? (13:01)
  • How many people are currently living with poor mitochondrial function (14:13)
    • Supporting mitochondrial function by providing the nutrients they need (14:55)
    • Stressors that shut down mitochondrial function (15:42)
    • Mitochondrial damage (16:43)
    • How many mitochondria do you have in your cells? (17:16)
  • What hormetic stress is and how our bodies benefit from it (20:32)
  • Can we regenerate mitochondria? (25:44)
  • Supplements that stimulate the mitochondria (30:42)
  • The link between unutilized energy, mitochondrial energy, and fat production (34:21)
  • Are supplements effective in creating mitochondrial health? (37:07)
    • NT Factor (37:34)
    • Spirulina (40:18)
    • Rhodiola rosea (41:52)
  • Ari Whitten’s opinion on coffee (44:00)
    • How caffeine works in our body (44:28)
    • What happens to our bodies when we take caffeine regularly (46:49)
  • Where to find Ari Whitten, his programs, and his books (51:51)


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