Mitochondria are unique structures within every cell of our bodies. We have trillions and trillions of them, making up approximately 10% of our total body weight. They are considered the “powerhouses of the cell,” generating most of the energy in our bodies by converting nutrition into adenosine-5’- triphosphate (ATP).
Going back to medical basics, if there’s one thing that mitochondria thrive on, its oxygen. Cellular respiration is the process cells use to make energy. The mitochondria combine glucose and oxygen to make ATP and carbon dioxide. Hydrogen ions are flowing through ATP synthase to make ATP. The presence of CO2 is a measure of health in cells and that is one of the reasons why bicarbonates are so useful in the treatment of cancer.