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If you are already a fan of Dave Asprey, then you may know of his interest — or obsession, as some might call it — with mitochondria. Mitochondria are organelles that are bounded by a double membrane and found in the cytoplasm of most cells, some more than others. They contain enzymes that are responsible for energy production. The average human cell contains between 1 and 2,000 mitochondria. These little bacteria are important to Dave Asprey because of the way they help produce energy in the body, and because you can literally train them to work to your advantage.

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Mitochondria are responsible for a whole lot more than just energy production, however; they are also in charge of transmitting signals between cells, cellular differentiation, and cell growth and death. Some mitochondria functions are unique to specific types of cells; the mitochondria in your liver, for example, contain an enzyme needed to detoxify ammonia, a waste product that is created when your liver breaks down protein.

Dave’s own mitochondrial function has been a focus of his biohacking passion for many years, which has led him to develop a wide array of habits to improve their function so they are all running optimally. The good news is, you can do this too! To make a long story short, if your mitochondria aren’t functioning optimally, then you aren’t, either. So, here are some things you can do to supercharge your mitochondria, according to Dave himself.

Curb Inflammation

Eating a clean diet free from grains and dairy is one way to eliminate inflammation from the body. Incorporating a lot of whole foods and eliminating processed foods can help you to minimize, reduce, and even eliminate inflammation. In order for your body’s systems to be functioning efficiently, you want the least amount of inflammation as possible. Chances are, you may already have some inflammation of the body, and you may want to find out what foods are causing that for you and cut those out, too.

Get Adequate Sleep

Sleep is so very important, and not just sleep itself, but the quality of sleep you are getting. Be sure to go to bed when you are tired and limit screen time before bed — ideally no screens at all for at least an hour before you go to bed. Be sure to sleep in a very dark room, too, as even the lights on your phone or alarm clock can interfere with your sleep by disrupting your melatonin production. Be sure to turn these off or at least cover up the lights. Ideally, you should get blackout curtains so that no outside light can get into your bedroom. These are all crucial steps for ensuring you are maximizing the benefits of your sleeping hours.

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If you’d like to learn more from Dave Asprey himself, click HERE to watch a FREE 72 minute talk on ego, mitochondria and consciousness and how to use these to your advantage.

Boost Your Brain Fuel

According to Dave Asprey, his Brain Octane supplement, used in Bulletproof Coffee, turns into ketones right away, which essentially means fuel for your brain. Fats fuel and feed your brain, and they are an essential part of your diet. Ketones actually boost your metabolism, increase your fat burning, curb your appetite, and sharpen your focus and concentration. They also make your mitochondria produce energy more efficiently.

Below is a TEDx talk given by Mark Mattson, the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University, talking about the benefits the ketones can have on your brain.

HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training

It’s common knowledge that exercise is good for your body, but movement actually improves your mitochondrial function, which in turn helps your brain perform better, too. Running and walking are great, but if you really want to kick it up a notch and maximize your workout routine, consider trying high intensity interval training. This involves alternating between short bursts of intense and moderate exercise. If you are running, for instance, sprint as fast as you can for a minute, then go back to a regular pace, then go hard again for a minute, and so on. You can do this with push-ups, weights, squats, or anything else as well. Give it your all for one minute, then rest and repeat. This will provide more benefits than just doing something slowly for a long time, and thus make your workouts more efficient and more effective. One study found that just two weeks of HIIT “significantly increased mitochondrial function in skeletal muscle.” One study even showed how just 1 Minute Of Intense Exercise Rivals The Benefits Of A 45 Minute Workout.


If you want your mitochondria to start working with you and for your benefit, give some of the above suggestions a shot! We all deserve to be living a life full of energy, drive, and passion.

If you’d like to learn more from Dave Asprey himself, click HERE to watch a FREE 72 minute talk on ego, mitochondria and consciousness and how to use these to your advantage.

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