mitochondria can cause fatigue, cold hands, brittle nails and stubborn
will not dissolve, even in starvation diets. This diet is intended to
recommend foods that will feed your energy-generating
If you are here because you are looking for a diet for other, medical
mitochondrial conditions (dysautonomia) such as how to cure
sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cerebral palsy, chronic fatigue syndrome
I must remind you (the
disclaimer) that I am not a doctor and this page is for information
purposes only and if acted upon is done so solely on the initiative of
- Drink water. Keep the body
hydrated. Water can be hot tea. Signs of dehydration are dry mouth on
awakening, dizziness and erratic heart rate.
- Take minerals. Keep the body
alkalyzed. Minerals can be powdered dolomite, natural plant
or wood ashes or edible clay.
- Eat at least one serving of
protein per day. This can be liver,
mackerel, herring (fish preferably wild-caught), fish eggs, brown meat
on poultry, bone marrow or egg yolks.
- Eat spinach
- Eat green, leafy vegetables every
day, cooked or cultured. Cook in water or bone broth at low temperatures. Can be lacto-fermented.
leaves are better tolerated and used during mitochondrial crises, but
check your journal to find out if raw, salad leaves are okay for
- Eat a variety of red, yellow,
- Culture dairy (milk and cream),
make yogurt or kefir or drink raw
- Eat seaweed or seaweed broth often.
- Have bone broth made from meaty
bones every day. Scrape the marrow into the broth while
cooking. See Bone
Eliminate all processed, packaged foods. Eat only real food. Real food
is stuff that comes out of the ground with green leaves growing out of
it, or animals that eat said green leaves. Real food is NOT synthetic
white sugar and GM wheat stuffed with artificial cream-like substances
called "kreme" chemically made to taste like the very nectar of the
gods, no matter how much said substances reach the "bliss point" that
our perfidious senses of what tastes "good" to us may tell us.
No grains except legacy, organic, non-GM, grown on mineral rich soil.
that means only emmer, einkorn, spelt or kamut. No modern wheats, no
matter how "organic" or healthy the label makes them sound. All modern
wheat is deficient in minerals and over-loaded with gluten.
Don't eat if you don't feel hungry. Digestion takes energy. If you only
have enough energy to eat a thumbnail-sized piece of food at a time, then
Avoid artificial chemicals.
Avoid fluoridated water
Drink as little liquids with meals as possible. (Small quarter-cup of
hot soup or broth is okay.) Drink liquids separately.
Wait until you've been hungry for a while before eating.
Drink liquids separately, by themselves, during the rest of the day
rather than with meals. It is better not to put ice in them.
If you have trouble digesting any food, take an appropriate digestive enzyme with it, eliminate it or go on a fast.
. Dosage can
be as much as you like and your budget allows, but start low and go
slow. Start with a small amount and increase dosage
until you get to something that feels right for you. Also,
taper off slowly if you stop or reduce co-Q.
Take an iron supplement such as ferrous sulfate if bowel movements are
yellow or yellow-brown. Stop taking iron supplement if bowel movements
are black (But check your journal. If it indicates a correlation
between taking iron and an improvement in breathlessness or heart rate,
keep taking the iron.)
Continue to eat iron-rich foods every day. If the body
needs iron, it will send some enzymes down to the digestive tract to
transport it where it is needed. Take iron with Vitamin C.
Take 1-4 tablespoons of various mixed minerals from natural sources.
- 1/2 to a teaspoon of
edible clay (French green or red desert) per day to help with detox.
Amount can be subtracted from the amount of minerals needed to be taken.
Include some magnesium in the mixed minerals. See Magnesium
- it's hard to find
sulfur supplements for some reason. Get sublimed sulfur if you can, or
flowers of sulfur as it may be called. If you take Epsom salts (bath or
garden grade, not food or medical grade) as your source of magnesium,
that can supply sulfur. Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate.
- is hard to find as a supplement. Take bone meal instead, but balance
the excess calcium by taking magnesium.
(Epsom salts and bonemeal together will supply magnesium, sulfur and
phosphate, though it will taste bad and be difficult to swallow. You
may want to look into getting empty gelatin capsules and packing it
bromelain or papain may help. Take with meals or with food best digested with the particular enzyme.
These have been shown to be
beneficial in the short term and for body-building, but are
prohibitively expensive for most people and can be gotten in their
natural form from the foods recommended in the Diet above. Carnitine
can also be obtained by supplementing nutritional yeast. Creatine is
created in our own bodies.
Keep track of what
you eat and how you feel in a journal to find out which foods are
helping you and which are causing you problems, and base your ongoing
decisions on that. If your journal tells you that you are getting
negative feedback (cold sweat, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, nausea etc.)
eating, reduce the
quantity of food you eat at one time, even to the point of eating a
serving the size of teaspoon of only one food item, if that is what it
takes to be able to eat something and digest it comfortably. Wait until
what you have eaten is digested and you are starting to feel hungry
again before eating the next small item of food. Make sure food is
chewed well and warmed in the mouth before swallowing.
deficiency can affect people differently. If you are low in the enzymes
needed to digest a particular food, it will be much harder for you to
eat that food than for other people. If you have diarrhea, consider it
a message from your mitochondria that they cannot handle the food they
are trying to process. Check your journal to find out (guess by a
process of elimination) which food is causing the problem/allergic
reaction and eliminate it. Common sensitivities are wheat and milk.
- Get as much sleep as you can in a
darkened room. Cover your
eyes until you can't reduce the light any more.
in light, rhythmic exercise such as yoga if it is comfortable. Do not
over-exert yourself if it is too difficult for you. Wait till you feel
like moving around before doing so.
- Start your day with a cup of hot
water, flavored as you like.
- Stay warm. Mitochondrial
deficiencies make it difficult for the body to maintain its
temperature. Add extra layers of clothing if necessary.
- Breathe deeply in the fresh air and