HRV is simply a measure of the variation in time between each heartbeat. This variation is controlled by the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which is automatically working regardless of our thoughts and intentions. The ANS is subdivided into two large components, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system and regulates, among other things, our heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and digestion.
HRV testing is a non-invasive way to identify imbalances in the ANS. It determines the present inner environment and the body’s ability to self-regulate. If a person spends more time operating in the sympathetic nervous system (fight-or-flight), the variations between the subsequent heartbeats may be low. Where higher variations are likely to be present in a more relaxed state, where a person spends more time operating in the parasympathetic nervous system (rest-and-digest). This means that if your ANS is healthy, you will be able to shift gears faster, thereby showing more resilience and flexibility and thus greater endurance and health.
People with high HRV may have greater cardiovascular fitness and be more resilient to stress and therefore associated with a higher standard of health. This is in contrast to people with low HRV, which is associated with poor health, slow recovery from stress, exhaustion and disease.
HRV does not diagnose disease but can indicate the body’s ability to repair and regenerate. Once the information from the HRV test is known, we can target the restoration of the mitochondria through unique supplemental intervention.
What are Mitochondria?
Mitochondria are known as the ‘power houses of the cell’. Mitochondria are the parts of the cell that convert the sugar, fat and protein that we eat into a form of energy currency, ATP (Adenosine Triphoshate), that the body can use to carry on living. Every living thing is made up of cells and mitochondria are responsible for producing around 90% of the chemical energy that cells need to survive. Without energy there can be no life! It is therefore easy to see how disease is the outcome of failed mitochondria.
Mitochondria are also responsible for producing chemicals that the body needs to break down waste products and recycle some of the waste products to save energy. Sadly, our mitochondria starts to decline from around the age of 26.
What is Mitochondrial Therapy
Mitochondrial therapy was created by Sheri Dixon in March 2010 after she personally improved her own health working with Dr. Michael Kucera. Dr. M Kucera spent 15-years alongside Professor Roman M. Baevsky and Professor Ada P. Berseneva researching Mitochondrial Medicine at the Institute of Biomedical Problems at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. They worked tirelessly to find a way of combating the damaging effects that repeated cosmic radiation had on the cosmonauts.
The cosmonauts were subjected to extreme ageing of the cells, 8 years in fact for every year they were in space! Mitochondrial medicine was developed to prevent the damaging effects, accelerated ageing and disease.
Who can practice this therapy in the UK?
Only registered and trained practitioners, who have undergone specific training with Sheri Dixon and Dr. M. Kucera are registered to practice Mitochondrial Therapy in the world. I have personally spent time training with Sheri Dixon and Michael Kucera and continue to work closely with both to further my knowledge and understanding of Mitochondrial Therapy.
Due to the popularity of this therapy it is now healing around 4500 patients in the UK alone.