By Rebecca Ferguson in the Recovering Kids Blog.
We all have them.
We all need them.
We need them especially in order to digest some of the biology textbook reminiscent explanations of what they do!
But we’ve got even the most mito-challenged, fatigued among you covered with a two-minute, easy-to-follow video that explains why mitochondria are the powerhouses of our cells and what can happen if they aren’t optimally functioning.
Mitochondrial disease and dysfunction are both serious cause for attention because their effects are so far reaching. Anyone with poorly functioning or a decreased quantity of mitochondria can suffer from a wide variety of symptoms, including:
• Loss of muscle coordination, weakness, fatigue • Neurological problems, seizures, strokes, headaches • Autistic-like features • Visual and/or hearing problems • Developmental delays, learning disabilities • Heart, liver or kidney disease • Gastrointestinal disorders, severe constipation • Diabetes • Increased risk of infection • Thyroid and/or adrenal dysfunction • Autonomic dysfunction • Neuropsychiatric symptoms, memory loss, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression
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