For the last six months, I have heard alot of hydrogen water, antioxidants, free radicals yada yada yada but it never did click in my head. I knew that excess free radicals are bad and that we need antioxidants to counter it but I never really understood the science behind it. We made sure we ate our fruits and vegetables and eat raw as much as possible. But really, how much of raw food can we take in a day?
2 months ago, I decided to sit myself down and educate myself on what really are free radicals, how they are produced, why they are there, why it’s bad for our bodies and what can we do to prevent it.
Because let’s face it.
When our bubble is burst and we are faced with health scares and risks, that’s when we would scramble and load up on vitamins and super foods and what-have-yous. So if you can do something to prevent diseases in the future, why not?
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi
When you slice an apple, it will turn brown after awhile. Fish becomes rancid. A nail in a glass of water gets rusty. When you get a cut on your skin, it gets raw and inflamed.
All this is a result from a natural process called oxidation. It’s the process when oxygen combines with an element, changing the appearance of the element.
Oxygen interacts with the cells of any type be it the apple slice or cut skin and oxidation occurs. As a result, the cells are changed and may die e.g. food will rot, dead cells on the cut skin will be replaced with new cells. This process of oxidation goes on in our bodies continuously and it is necessary to keep our bodies healthy.
But did you know that while the body metabolizes oxygen efficiently, 1-2% of cells get damaged in the process and turn it to free radicals? So essentially, free radicals are damaged cells and what do you know???
Because these free radicals have a missing molecule and it’d find ways and means to acquire the missing molecule and in the process, it often damage cells and DNA to quench its need for another molecule and that’s when diseases come about.
I explained to my kids differently. I told them that free radicals are like vampires – always hungry for blood. When they find an innocent and healthy victim (i.e. normal cells), they suck the bejesus out of them and as a result, they turn into a vampire themselves. Geddit?
If the free radicals just kill the cells, it’s not a problem because the body will regenerate a new cell. The problem arises when the free radicals sets of a chain of reaction in our bodies i.e. newbie vampires start looking for more humans to suck blood from and turn them into vampires. Ok. I think the Twilight series rubbed off abit too much on me.
Normal cells produce a small percentage of free radicals but that is normal because the antioxidants that our body produces will keep it under control. But when free radicals sets off a chain reaction i.e. when it oxidizes a fatty acid and changes the fatty acid to free radical which then damages another fatty acid, a rapid chain reaction occurs . With external factors such as cigarette smoke, drinking excessive alcohol etc contributing to substantial free radical production, the antioxidants in our body are not able to keep the free radicals under control and will then lead to a host of diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, etc. (I didn’t know that….but whaddaya know? You learn a new thing each day right?)
Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley estimate that the number of oxidative hits to DNA per cell per day is about 10,000 in humans. Naturally produced antioxidant enzymes within the body can repair most but not all of the breaks in strands of DNA in human cells. DNA damages accumulates with advancing age so go figure….. As we age, we need to counter DNA damages to prevent diseases.
Therefore, we need an antioxidant defense teams to defend the free radicals from going on a rampage!
There are essentially 3 teams. (Interesting right? I didn’t know this before..)
1st line of defense is against DNA damage. It consists of antioxidant enzymes produced in the body.
2nd line of defense are dietary antioxidant vitamins. These antioxidant donate an electron to neutralize a free radical but in doing so will make itself unstable too. These vitamins work with one another re-stabilize themselves by donating electrons to each other e.g. vit E donates an electron to Vit C so that it can get back into the field to do its job. Vit C donates an electron to vit A so it can become an active antioxidant once it is used up. Vit A donates an electron to vit c and it goes on and on in a loop. Team work I’d say.
The 3rd line of defense is comprised of carotenoids (lutein, lycopene, beta carotene etc), coenzyme Q10 and bioflavonoids which backup the vitamins. If there isn’t enough vit A stored in the liver, beta carotene can be summoned from storage in the skin or from daily diet and conver into vit A. If vit E is insufficient, coenzyme Q10 can be substituted. Bioflavonoids help to prolong the action of vit C. Hence they all work together to sustain.
I’m so long winded right?
It is with this basic knowledge of how diseases are caused that I finally understood the importance of eating the right food and supplements to build up our bodies’ defense system the natural way with Izumio Hydrogenated Water and Super Lutein.
Why these 2 products work?
I’ll leave it for another post for another day.