Cellular Respiration and Your Metabolism

If you ask the average person if they could increase their metabolism provided the chance, would they?  Most people would answer yes.  They would then assume this means they will have to either start working out (perhaps for the first time ever!) or working out harder, but there is actually another way to create a healthy metabolism and it has to do with cellular respiration.

Most people do not know much about cellular respiration or how important it is in terms of affecting every cell of the body as well as the respiration of every cell in the body.  They do not know that increasing cellular respiration will lead to an increase in the metabolic function.  If they did know this, they would probably figure out a way to increase this activity within the body.

In plain terms, cellular respiration is when glucose or sugar enters cells and then converts to usable energy.  It is the most ideal way for the cells to gather the energy found in food.  It increases with activity level.  So an increase in cellular respiration will increase your body’s oxygen along with the amount of carbon dioxide to clear from your system, which will, in turn, increase your breathing rate when exercising.

There are two types of cellular respiration (or cellular metabolism) that are called aerobic respiration and anaerobic respiration.  Aerobic respiration happens when there is oxygen, while anaerobic respiration occurs when there is no oxygen.  Depending on the type of exercise you do and its intensity and duration, will determine the type of respiration that occurs.

There are three main stages to cellular respiration starting with Glycosis, then the Kreb’s cycle, and finally the Electron Transport Train.  Here is a breakdown of what each process entails:

Glycosis is the metabolic process that occurs in the cytosol of your cells causing glucose (sugar) to convert in to two pyruvate molecules.  It is an anaerobic reaction, meaning it does not require oxygen, and it results in the production of 2 ATP molecules.  ATP means usable energy.

Kreb’s cycle is the Citric Acid Cycle that is aerobic so it does require oxygen and it occurs in the mitochondria of every cell in your body. Mitochondria are like the cell’s power plant as they are producing most of the cells supply of ATP or usable energy.  Once oxygen is present the body goes through several steps resulting in 2 ATP (usable energy molecules).

Electron Transport Chain or ETC is also an aerobic reaction that occurs in the mitochondria.  It transports electrons from donors with weird names like NADH or FADH2 to acceptors which are oxygen.

When the Kreb’s cycle and the ETC work like they are supposed to they create most of the cells energy which results in a total of 34 ATP (energy).  Our cells need the right amount of glucose, oxygen and functioning mitochondria to produce enough energy, otherwise, our cells become nonfunctioning and die.

When our cells our getting everything they need as described above it results in lots of energy or increased cellular respiration, which then increases our metabolism.  When our body’s metabolism is running well its energy needs are met.  The tissues repair well, detoxing happens well, hormones are functioning well etc.  This results in us feeling really good because we have good energy.  The KREBS Bio Kit is one product that people have found increases their energy.

The many theories out there that best describe how to increase cellular respiration point out that what you eat (are the rights foods included in your diet? i.e. vitamins, fats, carbs and proteins) how you exercise, and how much sleep are equally and vitally important.

If you are following the guidelines for increasing your cellular respiration, this should help give your metabolism a boost.

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