Each individual cell has an oxygen-utilizing factory. It’s these “cellular lungs” that may be the most important aspect of how oxygen impacts metabolism. The cellular lungs are called mitochondria (pronounced my-toe-kondree-ah).

Think of mitochondria like the engines of a car, the oxygen as the spark plugs, and carbohydrate and fat as the fuel. Without the mitochondrial spark plugs, fuel from food would just sit in the tank and do nothing. Oxygen is the spark that drives the mitochondrial engines.

Mitochondria are the most important thing to consider in

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