Amazing mitochondria: More than just cellular powerhouses

Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of our cells due to their high energy generating capacity in the form of adenine triphosphate(ATP).  In fact, 90% of the ATP generated in our body is made in the mitochondria via the Krebs cycle and electron transport chain. Cell types vary in their number of mitochondria, typically based … Continue reading Amazing mitochondria: More than just cellular powerhouses

Fasting, longevity, and telomeres: The regenerating effects of prolonged fasting

Some of you may recall the recent blog I did going over my aging biomarkers.  If you didn't read it, you can catch it right here.  Towards the end of the blog, I discussed that one of the reasons my telomere test showed much better results than my DNA methylation test is that I fasted … Continue reading Fasting, longevity, and telomeres: The regenerating effects of prolonged fasting

Aging Biomarkers: Am I 7 years older or 10 years younger?

As research in to human aging and the mechanisms behind it grow, there's a need to address the big fat albatross around the neck of gerontology.  The albatross is that until we identify some valid biomarkers of human aging, we must rely on the data in animal models and epidemiological research in humans. Currently, there … Continue reading Aging Biomarkers: Am I 7 years older or 10 years younger?

A comprehensive review of your aging and evolving gut microbiome

A study recently published in the journal Cell is teeming with incredible insights in to how/why our microbiome evolves with us as we age.  There are quite a few key takeaways from this study, which is open access and free to read here. While focus has been on the gut microbiome, other microbial communities throughout … Continue reading A comprehensive review of your aging and evolving gut microbiome

Could sealing the blood brain barrier and gut really be this easy?

A study I posted recently on the Facebook page generated a decent discussion on how traumatic brain injury promotes a leaky gut.  The interesting take-home message from the study is that one long term symptom of traumatic brain injury(TBI) is "leaky gut". The theoretical trek from there is that endotoxin can then cross the gut … Continue reading Could sealing the blood brain barrier and gut really be this easy?