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Free Radicals and Antioxidants – Explained in Layman Terms

January 29, 2015 at 2:27 pm

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

Oxidation.

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???

It’s.a.problem.

Why?

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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.

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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.

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Why these 2 products work?

I’ll leave it for another post for another day.

Week 16 – Amelie Kate

January 26, 2015 at 4:38 pm

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Over the weekend, friends asked if  this experience of having a baby all over again after 7 years is different.

The answer is yes.

Absolutely.

This time round, I was less stressed and with the 2 older kids around, I’d say that it’s a very enjoyable experience altogether.

Ashley overheard our conversation and said, “Does that mean that it wasn’t an enjoyable experience when you had me?”

Whhhhooopsie…

I keep forgetting that she is almost 10 years old!

I had to quickly clarify that as a first-time mom, things were stressful and that I was more high strung and assured her that I love her nonetheless. Phew!

Annnyway…lesson of the day – Do not simply borak with friends when the kids are around.

Back to Amelie. Oh Amelie.

She is 3 1/2 months old now and she doesn’t sleep as much during the day as compared to before.

She has also discovered her cute little thumbs! Before this, she’d try to fit her fist in her mouth. Now, only her thumb goes into her mouth and she makes really cute smoochy sounds.

I can see it in her eyes that she loves all the attention that she’s been getting.  This photo of her was taken when the cot was right beside my workstation. Ahhh…that’s the beauty of working from home. Whenever my heart tugs for her, I’d  cuddle her and sniff the hell out of her till she giggles. (Oh yea…whenever we tickle her, she giggles and it’s so damn cute!) My heart doesn’t ache as much as when I had to go to the office/meet clients when I had Ashley and Aidan. This time, I am home bound! (OK, no judgements ok? To each their own.)

Ok now..I’m being totally random here…

2 things I’ve learnt/discovered :

1. In the first 2 months, Amelie’s fists were clenched all the time. One fine day, a friend visited us and asked me to smell Amelie’s hands and fuhhhhhh! Boy did it stink. From then on, I removed her mittens and didn’t let her wear them again. LOL.

2. Yesterday, I raised  Amelie’s arms above her head and realized that there was dirt on the crease of her armpit. When I smelled her armpit….fuuuhh! It stank. LOL!

You’d think that I’d know all these considering this is my 3rd kid right?

Nah…..I learn a new thing each day.

Project Runway Jr

January 21, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Ashley has been holing herself up in the room for the last few days. She has been checking out tutorials on Youtube to guide her on how to sew a brand new wardrobe for her dolls. She ransacked her cupboard and gathered some old socks and stockings for her project.

They have to be stretchy Mom or else the clothes will not stick to the doll.” she said.

I told her to practice on the old socks and once she improves, she can go ahead and use the beautiful leftover material from  Zura’s Kupu Kupu Studio.

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Not bad for a beginner eh? She took one hour to sew the dress above. I was really impressed.

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By evening, she churned out 3 outfits – 1 for Robocop (summer collection mind you), 1 for her headless Monster High doll and one for her headless Barbie doll.

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This is her latest creation. Not bad if you ask me.

More creations to come.

Stay tuned.

The Story of Mr Masato Sakai

January 20, 2015 at 9:27 pm

If any of you are free this Saturday, 24th Jan 2015, do stop by at Naturally Plus KL Salon to listen to Masato Sakai, a Colon cancer survivor share about how Izumio Hydrogenated Water and Super Lutein saved his life.

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Address : Unit 5.02, 5th Floor, Menara Multi Purpose, Capital Square, No. 8, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Good Morning Amelie!

January 19, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Good morning Amelie!

Always a pleasure to wake up and see how happy she is in the mornings.

The kids were singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars to her.

Have a great day ahead!

Remember to count your blessings.

Don’t fret over what you don’t have but rather be thankful for what we already have – this has been my mantra which I’ve been drumming into my 2 older kids because they seem to think that they have a sense of entitlement – which is a whole topic on its own altogether which I will leave for another day.

Week 15 – Amelie Kate

January 19, 2015 at 1:41 pm

"Live every  moment,  love every moment because before you know it, precious time slips away."

“Live every moment.

Love every moment.

Because before you know it, precious time slips away.”

- anonymous

And indeed, I’m loving every.single.moment.of.it.

Standard 2 in an SJK(C) School

January 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Homework

Last year, when Aidan was in Std 1, I was actually quite relaxed because :

1. He had a tutor to guide him twice a week

2. I was pregnant with Amelie

3. He would usually complete his homework at school so by the time he came back home in the evenings, he went  straight to play mode.

Somehow, at the back of my mind, I knew he’d be able to cope. Somehow.

I left him to handle his work independently. I didn’t sit down with him each night to make sure he knew what he was supposed to do.

Towards the end of his school year last year, I realized after sitting down with him for an hour that his Bahasa Malaysia was terrible.  He was not any better in Mandarin.

I was worried.

Alot of his work was based on guess work. I told his tutor to help him buck up but that was it. I gave birth during his final exam and just prayed that he’d do o.k.

This year, we got a new tutor for him.

After the 1st session, he decided he didn’t like his tutor.

After the 2nd session, he had tears in his eyes.

His tutor told me that he is very weak in Mandarin and there I was, hoping that she wouldn’t change her mind about tutoring him because it’s going to be a long. hard. road ahead.

I suggested to my hubby to seek for an alternative school for him but his dad replied, “It’s ok. He’ll manage. Let them struggle abit.”

I started sitting down with him every evening since school started this week  to go through his homework and to motivate him.

For Mandarin, we depend on the LINE dictionary (previously known as Nciku) because unfortunately for him, hubby and I are bananas. (Chinese but do not know how to converse/read in Chinese)

Last night, we went to bed at 11pm because he didn’t know most of the chinese characters and I was thinking how in the world is he going to survive this year?

We will persevere and I’ve asked him to put in more effort in his work and we’ll see where this leads to.

In the meanwhile, we’ll trudge on!

Doting Brother and Sister

January 14, 2015 at 8:17 pm

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Ashley and Aidan dote on Amelie  in their every waking moment.

Each wants a piece of Amelie.

They shower her with lots of love, hugs and kisses.

Thankfully no one is jealous of her and I guess that’s one of the advantages of having such a large gap between siblings.

Aidan likes to ruffle whatever hair that’s left on Amelie’s head and say, “My doggie.” (I know right??? How in appropriate but he loves her as much as he loves Sydney).

Ashley loves to carry Amelie – which always makes my heart skip a beat because I’m afraid she may drop Amelie!! and she’d retort, “But she’s my sister! Why would I drop her?”

Ashley is fiercely protective of Amelie and she’d watch my maid like a hawk when my maid handles Amelie.

Despite all that, Ashley and Aidan are really super troopers. They’re always ready to help us with Amelie  especially when we go out. One would get the stroller ready and the other will make sure that the diaper bag is taken out of the car. Once we lay Amelie on the stroller, they’d take turns (and sometimes fight) to push the stroller. Having a 3rd child after 7 years is not that bad afterall :)

Amelie Kate is 100 days old!

January 14, 2015 at 5:12 pm

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 Good Morning Sunshine!

This was the caption of the photo I posted on my Facebook timeline.

I can’t believe that it has been 100 days since the birth of Amelie.

Everyday is a joy for us.

The first thing Ashley and Aidan would do when they wake up in the mornings would be to look for Amelie. They love to get a reaction from her. They’d talk and sing to her and the moment her eyes lock with theirs, her arms and legs will start moving and the bonus will be when Amelie coos at them.

Ahhh… precious moments.

Here’s a video of Ashley, Aidan and cousin Noella singing to Amelie. Her reaction?

Priceless.

Natural Healing for Eczema

January 13, 2015 at 5:52 pm

What is eczema?

Eczema is a general term for any type of dermatitis or inflammation of the skin. I’m sure this is nothing new to all of us. Everyone is exposed to it at various degrees. Some may experience it themselves. Some have children who have it. Some have friends or relatives who have it. It’s a common skin condition which afflicts 10-20% of children, 1-3% of adults worldwide and 2 in every 10 individuals in Malaysia (source).

Eczema is basically an itchy, red rash. The more you scratch, the more itchy it becomes. And some have gone to the extent of scratching until the rash gets worse leading to inflammation and more itching. This is called the itch-scratch cycle.

OUCH!

I can relate to it because when I was pregnant with Amelie, I had eczema on my belly. You can read about it here.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema can appear in basically all over the body especially in areas that bend. The symptoms of eczema are different for each person. The rash may look different or effect different parts of the body. Babies, children and adults can have eczema. Most people who have eczema are diagnosed when young and it can get better as they get older. Eczema can also start in adulthood as well.

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Common Eczema Triggers

- Irritants like soaps, detergents, disinfectants

- Microbes e.g. certian bacteria, viruses, certain fungi

- Allergens e.g house dust mites, pets, pollens,  molds, dandruff

- Others – hot/cold temperatures, food, stress, hormones

It’s also important that we understand our skin. According to National Eczema Society (refer to quotes in italics),

About our Skin

To understand what eczema is and what causes it, it helps to know something about the differences between healthy skin and skin affected by eczema.

Our skin provides a strong, effective barrier that protects the body from infection or irritation. Skin is made up of a thin outer layer, a fairly elastic one in the middle, and a fatty layer at the deepest level. Each layer contains skin cells, water and fats, all of which help maintain and protect the condition of the skin.

Healthy skin

Healthy skin cells are plumped up with water, forming a protective barrier against damage and infection. Fats and oils in the skin help retain moisture, maintain body temperature and also prevent harmful substances or bacteria from entering our bodies.

One way of picturing the way your skin works is by thinking of it as a brick wall. The outer skin cells are the bricks, while fats and oils act as the mortar that keeps everything together and acts as a seal. The skin cells attract and keep water inside, and the fats and oils also help keep the water in.

Barrier function in eczematous skin

If you have eczema, your skin may not produce as much fats and oils as other people’s, and will be less able to retain water. The protective barrier is therefore not as good as it should be. Gaps open up between the skin cells because they are not sufficiently plumped up with water.

Moisture is then lost from the deeper layers of the skin, allowing bacteria or irritants to pass through more easily. Some everyday substances contribute to breaking down the skin. Soap, bubble bath and washing-up liquid, for example, will remove oil from anyone’s skin, but if you have eczema your skin breaks down more easily, quickly becoming irritated, cracked and inflamed.

Because it is prone to drying out and is easily damaged, skin with eczema is more liable to become red and inflamed on contact with substances that are known to irritate or cause an allergic reaction.

Treatment for eczema

More often than not, the recommended treatment of eczema is to apply topical steroids which helps to reduce inflammation, ease soreness and irritation, reduce itching and relieve the need to scratch hence allowing the skin to heal and recover.

However, research has shown that overuse of topical steroids can cause addiction, red skin syndrome and worsening eczema. You can read more about it at ITSAN (International Topical Steroid Awareness Network).

Alternative treatments for eczema

Many are looking for alternative treatments for eczema – one that does not require the use of steroids – one that uses natural products and remedies.

The Izumio Hydrogenated Water and Super Lutein have helped many eczema sufferers to manage their eczema naturally from within.

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Here is a mother’s (Hana Harun from Radiant Retreats) account of how her 8 year old was suffering from severe eczema since birth and is now cured after consuming the products.

 Hi All, thanks! it’s so nice to be here finally. Been busy with back to back camps but it was Radiant Camps that introduced me to Angelina, and i’ve been grateful ever since. Suraya who’s been suffering from eczema since 3 months old until 8 years old finally found her cure. I tried everything back then, Dr Nor in Jalan TAR, Dr Ranjit in Subang (all prescribed steroid creams which only works for 1 week and then eczema comes back with a vengeance), olivenol, udo’s oil, lactobassilus, chinese herbs (all the way in Melaka), MooGoo, protopic, cetaphyl and finally a blood test at PMC but her results just showed that she’s allergic to almost every kind of food including rice … Poor thing. She always asked me why God made her like that ….. So cut long story short, she doesn’t have eczema breakouts anymore and it’s been 1 year now, skin looks much much better and all using drug-free natural products, that’s the best part …. i can’t imagine what 8 years of steroids and Xyrtec did to her body…. All she needed was the hydration from within from Izumio and it also removed all accumulated toxins from her body. And the Lutein regenerates her cell and makes her more resistant to her allergies. She can eat almost freely now but from habit she keeps away from nuts and whole eggs. ….. So there ….. that’s about Suraya …. if you know anyone else suffering the same, i’m sure this miracle product will help.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words right?

Here’s 4.

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This is Suraya before she started consuming Izumio Hydrogenated Water and Super Lutein.

Dosage : She started taking 3 capsules of Super Lutein and 1 pkt of Izumio Hydrogenated Water twice a day.

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2 weeks later, you can tell that she was on the road to recovery! Once she started consuming the products, she stopped using everything including moisturizers. She was purely on Izumio and Super Lutein to treat her eczema.

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This is Suraya  6 weeks after she started consuming the products.

After this, Suraya was on 1 pkt of Izumio and 2 caps of Super Lutein once a day. When Hana saw signs of an impending flare, she’d double the dose for Suraya and that prevented the eczema from flaring up. Suraya has since been eczema free.

Here is another friend’s account of how the products have healed her severe hand eczema (as seen in the photos below). You can read about her testimonial here.

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Hence at this juncture, I would like to address the question which might be on your minds right now.

Do you still need to consume the product after the eczema is gone?

The answer is yes but at a lower dosage for maintenance.

For more information about Izumio Hydrogenated Water and Super Lutein, feel free to contact me directly by dropping a comment here or email me at mom2ashleyaidan(at)gmail(dot)com or follow me on Instagram (@izumio_pj).

If you’d like to read more about the products, check out the following links :

1. Izumio Lutein Facebook page

2.  http://www.naturally-plus.com/en/my/

3. FAQ – http://www.simplyrejuvenation.com/FAQ.html

4. Testimonials – http://shaktinaturally.com/products-testimonials.html

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