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Video | The Movement Paradox: From DNA to Embryogenesis to Mitochondria

The Movement Paradox: From DNA to Embryogenesis to Mitochondria.

The research into the importance of movement on the human body has been ongoing for many years. Yet, only recently has it become apparent the full extent to which our mobility affects our health. In addition, from the tiniest cells to the expression of our DNA. In this article, we will explore the chiropractic movement paradox. Next, which demonstrates how movement affects our lives from DNA to embryogenesis to mitochondria.


The Importance of Movement in Shaping Our Bodies

Movement and exercise are integral elements in shaping our bodies. The way we move and the exercises we do have a direct relationship with our musculoskeletal system’s development. In addition, the efficiency of our muscles. Movement can influence our posture, spine alignment, and muscle functioning. Next, creating a positive or negative impact on our lives.

The Role of Movement in DNA Expression

Movement also influences gene expression and how our DNA is expressed. Physical activity leads to changes in gene expression. This activates genes involved in key physiological processes such as metabolism, mitochondria functioning, and cell repair. Also, it suggests that movement can impact our bodies at a genetic level. Next, making it essential to our well-being.

Movement as an Essential Nutrient

According to recent studies, movement is an essential nutrient for human beings. It is now considered a critical pillar of a healthy lifestyle. Along with healthy eating habits, sleep hygiene, and mental wellness. Increasing our mobility can significantly impact our overall health, immune function, and longevity.

The Role of Movement in Tissue and Organ Formation

Movement plays a crucial role during embryonic development. In addition, contributing to the formation of tissues and organs. Mechanical cues expose cells to specific stresses and strains.  Next, shaping the development and growth of physiological systems such as the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and nervous system. It ultimately shapes the body’s form and function. In addition, making it essential during the embryonic stage of development.

The Connection Between Mitochondria and Movement

Mitochondria, known as the body’s powerhouse, are responsible for generating energy for cellular function. Movement can increase mitochondrial content. This leads to an improvement in energy production. This, in turn, can boost our physical performance and benefit our overall health. Therefore, regular physical activity can help maintain mitochondrial function. Next, allowing optimal energy production, and boost our physical abilities.

Research Corner

The above statements suggest that physical movement can enhance the production of energy in the body by increasing the mitochondrial content. Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell responsible for generating energy via the metabolic process of cellular respiration. Hence, an increase in mitochondrial content can lead to improved energy production.

Several studies support this claim. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology examined the effect of exercise on mitochondrial biogenesis (the process of generating new mitochondria) in muscle cells. The researchers found that regular endurance exercise training increased mitochondrial content and activity in the skeletal muscle of trained individuals.

Another study conducted by researchers at the University of Virginia investigated the effect of exercise on mitochondrial function in older adults. The study found that exercise training led to an improvement in mitochondrial content. In addition, function in the muscle cells of older adults, leading to increased energy production.

Furthermore, a review article published in Nutrients highlighted the importance of physical activity in enhancing mitochondrial health and function. The authors suggest that regular physical activity can increase the number and function of mitochondria. Next, leading to an improvement in overall energy metabolism.


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