In the 21st century, chronic illnesses are on the rise in developed countries.
Many people feel puzzled by the decrease in public health over the past few decades. In the countries with the best healthcare access and most sophisticated technology, people are becoming less healthy over time The odds are high that you or someone you know suffers from dementia, cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, obesity, or infertility.
Because these conditions are caused by invisible problems in your environment of which you may be unaware, it can seem impossible to solve them. However, by improving your environment and changing your daily habits, you can reduce your risk of chronic disease.
In this article, you’ll learn about the importance of mitochondrial health, why chronic illnesses are on the rise, and simple, easy recommendations to increase your health and wellness immediately.
What Are Mitochondria?
Mitochondria, also called “the powerhouse of the cell,” are tiny energy-producing organelles that play an essential role in your body’s functioning. Your body has approximately 100 quadrillion mitochondria.
Mitochondria exist in cell membranes, where they produce energy for your cells to work correctly. You can think of your mitochondria as the batteries that power your cellular hardware.
When you overcharge a battery, expose it to damaging conditions, allow it to overheat, or do not charge it sufficiently, the hardware doesn’t function correctly.
Your mitochondria and cells are controlled by the “software” of your environment and your sleep-wake schedule. With faulty “software” (an unhealthy environment), your mitochondria become damaged, increasing your risk of illness.
Unless you fix your environment, these issues get worse over time, creating health problems[*].
Why is Chronic Disease on the Rise?
Mitochondrial damage is contributing to the rise of chronic diseases, especially in developed countries.
Stressed mitochondria speed up aging, slow your metabolism, cause mutations, and reduce regeneration of your cells[*][*][*]. This happens because without enough energy from mitochondria, your body can’t function properly. As a result, errors occur in cellular processes that disrupt and damage your organs.
Problems with mitochondria contribute to a wide range of seemingly unrelated illnesses.
Here are some examples:
- High-income countries have the highest rates of cancer[*][*][*]
- New cases of cancer are predicted to grow by 20% over five years[*]
- In the United States, thyroid cancer rates went up by 3% per year over forty years[*]
- Hospital admissions for heart disease are up by as much as 15,000 per year[*]
- Hospital visits for strokes in young people have nearly doubled in the past 20 years[*]
- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are up in young people[*]
- Increasing numbers of young people have major depression[*]
- The number of obese people went up almost 40 percent in the past 40 years [*]
- Abdominal obesity went up from about 47% to over 57% over fifteen years[*]
- More women are having problems getting pregnant and carrying their pregnancy to term[*]
- Sperm count and sperm quality in healthy young men are down[*][*][*]
- Multiple sclerosis cases are rising by a higher rate each year[*][*][*]
- Autoimmune disorders are increasing[*][*][*][*]
Even though the United States spends more on health care than the rest of the world combined, mortality (including infant mortality) is rising in the United States as life expectancy declines[*]. This is a clear indication that despite rising health care costs, the medical system is unable to prevent the decline in public health in the 21st century.
These are not genetic diseases. They are environmental diseases.
What is an Environmental Disease?
Environmental diseases are modern illnesses caused by problems in your daily environment.
In wealthy countries, human-made electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and artificial light from energy-efficient lighting are increasing rapidly and leading to a rise in environmental diseases.
EMFs, which are produced by wireless routers and cell phones, can alter your metabolism and damage your mitochondria[*][*]. The International Agency for Research on Cancer considers wireless radiation a possible human carcinogen[*].
And artificial light from LEDs, fluorescent lights, computers, and mobile devices changes your body’s natural rhythms by “tricking your body into believing it’s daytime. Your body rhythms control your sleep schedule, hormones, gene expression, and cellular repair. That’s why artificial light at night increases your risk of metabolic problems and cancer[*].
When your eyes and skin are exposed to artificial light at night, your body makes less melatonin[*][*]. Because melatonin repairs damage to cells, low melatonin levels cause dangerous mutations in cells and mitochondria that lead to cancer and other health issues[*][*].
When your body is stressed by EMFs or artificial light in your environment, the damaged mitochondria can reproduce, which reduces your energy production even more[*]. Poor mitochondrial function also allows cancer cells to grow[*][*].
If your body doesn’t get enough energy from your mitochondria, you are more likely to suffer from chronic disease. Your heart, brain, muscle tissue, and liver are affected the most because they contain a lot of mitochondria[*][*][*].
Because children get their mitochondrial DNA from their mother, damaged mtDNA can be passed from mother to child[*]. When mothers live in unhealthy environments with lots of artificial light and EMFs, their children are more likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease[*].
Although modern medicine treats the symptoms of environmental diseases, drugs and medications cannot prevent or cure mitochondrial problems caused by unhealthy environments.
3 Ways to Boost Your Mitochondrial Health Now
#1: Turn off Wi-Fi at Night and Use Airplane Mode
In modern life, it’s hard to avoid wireless radiation. But you can heal your mitochondria by turning off wireless routers at night and putting your cell phone in airplane mode when you aren’t using it.
Wi-Fi and other EMFs at night can:
But when you sleep in a low-EMF environment, your body is better able to repair itself. Reducing EMF exposure at night can reduce your risk of cancer, prevent depression, and lower your blood sugar[*][*][*][*].
#2: Invest in Blue Blockers
Along with wireless radiation, artificial light in your environment is a major cause of mitochondrial problems and chronic disease[*][*]. Unlike natural light, artificial light contains mainly blue and green light.
When you wear blue blocking glasses at night, your body can make enough melatonin naturally, with no need for supplements[*][*]. As a result, you can get to sleep easier, sleep more deeply, and wake up refreshed[*].
Comfortable and stylish Mito Shades block harmful blue and green light. Because they use pigment-blended lenses, the amber tint won’t rub off over time. And unlike many clear “blue blockers,” which only block 3-9% of blue light, they block 100% of the harmful light you need to avoid after dark.
Along with helping you sleep better, blue blockers may help prevent mental illness in young people, reduce damage to your vision from digital screens, and decrease your risk of cancer, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease[*][*][*][*][*][*][*].
#3: Get Plenty of Sun and Natural Light
Being outside in natural sunlight, especially bright morning light, encourages healthy natural rhythms in your body. It’s one of the best things you can do for your mitochondrial health.
Studies show that sunlight can help your body repair damaged mitochondria, increase your alertness, improve your sleep at night, and reduce your risk of multiple sclerosis, cancer, and heart disease[*][*][*][*][*].
Make a habit of going outside for natural light every morning and throughout the day. If you’re worried about sunburn, you can still benefit under a shady tree.
About the MitoHQ Movement
MitoHQ is an organization with the mission of helping 100 million people recover from chronic disease by the year 2030. MitoHQ aims to educate the public on how to improve health and prevent disease without the use of harmful, expensive medications.