Every winter around Christmas time, the city of Seattle opens a quaint little ice skating in our city center. When our kids were young, my wife and I would venture through the crowds with out kids in tow for a festive night on the ice. As we would weave in and out of mass chaos and crowds of skaters littering the chilly floor, I was always amazed that seemingly so few people were injured.
One year, out of the corner of my eye, I caught a glimpse of a grandfather frantically flailing every limb in a different direction, and desperately attempting to keep his balance. It was clear that her was going down like. As the cr a dangerous, wounded helicopter. Most of the bystanders scattered, except for a small child who was oblivious to the entire situation. As the crowd watched in horror as the scene unfolded, the child's mother seemed to appear out of no where and scooped her baby up like a super hero! It was an amazing feat of speed and agility, and possible a near death experience was avoided fro the little one.
Adenosine Tri Phosphate
Although there are many factors of survival instincts and motherhood that come into play in a situation like this, regardless of whether an action or movement is voluntary or involuntary, it requires muscle strength and energy to power the muscle in a split second. This energy is known as Adenosine Tri Phosphate (ATP)
Currrent of Life
ATP is referred to as the "current of life" or "molecular currency" as it is literally the energy tranfser of power source that makes life itself possible in every living organism. This includes all cellar activity, DNA replication, regeneration and healing, collagen and elastin synthesis, neuro transmission, and of course muscle contractions. As the skin is the largest living organ of the body, it too requires massive amounts of ATP to thrive, regenerate, and renew itself. ATP is a multi functional nucleotide that is essentially a storage facility or liaison for energy derived from intake sources including carbohydrates, protein, and fats to be used for cellular function of life. In other works, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are not directly usable by cells, whereas ATP is. Without ATP, the cells of the body, and therefore the body itself, would simply not function. Although we think of sustenance as food and liquids, these energy sources are useless with out the appropriate liaisons to allow the energy to be utilized. The term molecular currency is used to describe ATP as it is the only energy molecule the the body with accept and utilise as energy.
ATP and Ageing
Altough many factors are associated with the ageing process, ATP or the lack thereof, is at the top of the pyramid as defined when discovered by Karl Lohman in 1929 and supported by Fritz Lipman in 1941 citing ATP as the primary enery transfer molecule of the human body. This supports the fact that without power and an ample supply thereof, the system of the human body with not function effectively and will eventually deteriorate. With this in mind, preventative ageing and improved health begins with creating environments the that support and maximize the synthesis of ATP. This includes the foods and supplements that we eat, and the technology and topical products that we apply to our skin and body.
Since the body cannot survive without ATP, one would think that it would build up and store an ample supply so that it could function at optimum levels all the time. However, the body does not store ATP but rather it manufactures it on an as needed basis via ATP Synthesis. To a certain degree, you can think of this a bit like our process of obtaining and storing food and liquids. Although we need these times to survive, we do not pack around enormous quantities in preparation four our long term needs, as our body can only utilise so much at a time.
Studies indicate that a healthy human body will use what is equivalent to their body weight in ATP everyday. An by the time that they have reached the age of 60, this production will have deteriorated by nearly half. This fact certainly drives home the saying that when we age we simple run out of energy. It is a fact!
Adrenaline or Phospocreatine?
ATP is via phosphocreatine, also know as creatine phosphate. Phosphocreatine is found in ample supply in the skeletal muscle cells and can be rapidly converted to ATP to energize the muscle for very short bursts of activity, generally lasting no more than 10 seconds. Although the mother described as a super hero may have been operating on an adrenaline rush, it was phosphocreatine converted to ATP that energized her muscles and allowed her to make those amazing rapid movements. Unlike ATP that cannot be stored in large quantities, phosphocreatine can, which why creatine supplementation is very popular and common with weight lifters and other athletes who require, short bursts of energy often.
The second way that the body synthesizes ATP is via glycolysis which is alos referred to as your anaerobic form of ATP synthesis, as no oxygen is required for this process. The glycolosis method of syntheszing ATP works by utilising the energy stored in the glucose molecule in the muscles. Unlike the phosphocreatine method of synthesizing ATP, the glycolosis method takes a bit longer to kick into gear and therefore could be thought of as taking over where the phosphocreatine method of energy production leaves off. If we refer to the scenario with our ice skater, after this super mum was able to move her child from harms way, she then quickly assisted the grandfather up after taking a hard fall. During this part of the process she was now using her glycolysis originated form of energy used for strenuous activities that last more than 10 seconds and less than two minutes.
ATP and the Mitrochondria
The long term and most consistent form of energy or ATP synthesis is generated in the mitochondria of the cell and is sometimes referred to as the aerobic pathway, as it requires oxygen for the synthesis process to be complete. The more aerobic exercise that one performs has an impact and effect on how rapidly the body, especially the muscle can use oxygen and therefore synthesise ATP. We often hear the comment that frequent exercise gives a person more energy. This is true! Individuals in excellent aerobic shape maintain the best environments for ATP synthesis and as a result generally look and feel fantastic, as well as maintain a near bullet proof immune system. So now that we know a little bit about ATP and the current of life, how does this affect our skin, and what can we do to enhance our ATP production to assist our health, well being, and our appearance?
Device Energy and ATP
From a technology standpoint, there are devices available to the skin therapist that can help enhance the synthesis of ATP. LED technology has been proven to enhance ATP synthesis as well as other cellular activity. As ATP is responisble to power all function of life, it would be fair to assume that the increases in collagen, elastin, as well as many of the healing benefits that LED is best known for, are made possible due to the enhancement of ATP energy that facilitate these functions.
Microcurrent and ATP
Microcurrent, when used at levels less that 400 Ua (mircoamperes) has been proven to stimulates ATP production by as much as 500%. This stimulation in ATP synthesis is more significant than anything else known to date, making low levels of specific sequencing microcurrent the single most powerful tool to maximize ATP energy potential. Studies indicate that mircorcurrent application, as with LED, have significant side benefits of ATP synthesis that include increases in collagen (more than 12% in 30 days) elastin (more than 40% in 30 days). And the healing benefits of microcurrent are simple unmatched, reanging from soft tissue injuries, bone regeneration, to skin rejuvenation.
Microcurrent and Facial Sculpting
Microcurrent is also known for its ability to sculpt and re-educate muscles of the face and body. From what we know about its abiltity to massively increase ATP synthsesi, this makes sense as the muscles thenmselves are dependent on ATP to shorten the actin and myosin filaments cross bridges, which is required for muscle contraction.
Usable External Energy Sources
External energy sources, specifically lower levels of sequencing microcrrent, can be used by the mitrochondria in lieu of other natural energy sources to maximise ATP synthesis, giving the entire process a kind of turbo boost or turbo lift capability. A series of microcurrent applications help create an ATP heavy environment enhancing all cellular activities of life. In this case, specifically benefiting the contour, texture, health and visual appearance of the skin and muscles of the face and body.
ATP: Current of Lift
ATP is a subject that we will never stop hearing about. It is healthy, it is youthful, and it is life. Whether 17 or 70, we all need it to survive and maintain optimum health, encourage the youngest looking skin and body possible, and of course perform super mum duties! Although there are many supplements, technology, topicals, and foods available that are focused on health, wellness, and youth, remember to keep your eye on the epicenter of life, ATP. Without the current of life, all else is a moot point.