ANTIOXIDANTS and how they can improve physical health
We hear about
antioxidants but what are they really and what do they do in the body?
We are constantly exposed to chemicals called 'free radicals' and to understand those, it helps to have
a degree in chemistry. In a nut-shell, a free radical is an atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron and is therefore unstable and highly reactive. In animal tissues, free radicals can damage cells and are believed to accelerate the progression of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and age-related diseases.
We breathe free radicals in from the air and acquire them when exposed to radiation. Free radicals are also a byproduct of converting food into energy. Once in the body, free radicals are destructive. They alter cellular structure and function. They initiate disease processes and damage the DNA, or genetic material of the cells, thus disrupting normal, healthy cellular function. They'd be the fellers in the 'black hats'.
So what causes these damaging little cretins? Severe physical and mental strain, cigarette
smoke, pollution, medications, food additives, airline travel, X-rays, strong sunlight and ultraviolet (UV radiation), heavy metals (mercury in sea food and tooth fillings) and chemical compounds that are absorbed by the skin.
Left to their own devices, free radicals have been found to be responsible for:
Fruits and vegetables have wonderful anti-oxidant properties to fight free radicals. Coffee enemas will help to detoxify the liver. 13 of the vitamins the body need are antioxidants, including C, A & E. Who doesn't love a nice
piece of chocolate now and then? Make use of sunscreens, stop smoking no matter what it takes, reduce the processed foods in exchange for fresh fruits and vegetables and use gloves whenever working with chemical compounds. Granted we can't live in a bubble but we can try to mitigate damage caused by free radicals.
If you're like us, our lifestyle doesn't always allow us to eat in our best interests. Fortunately there are some handy alternatives to help us fight free radicals. A good vitamin therapy, coffee enemas for liver and colon health and lots of fiber to keep things moving along in timely fashion. Some of our favorites are listed below.
Be sure to consult your health care provider with any questions you might have or before beginning a new program.