What the heck are these? They sound viscous and dangerous and they kinda are. But before I explain how to avoid them, let’s have a quick lesson in cell/molecular biology.
The human body is made up of many cells which are composed of different types of molecules that have atoms joined by chemical bonds. Normally these bonds do not split; however, a free radical will occur creating an unstable molecule. An unstable molecule is one that splits – meaning that it originally was happily paired up but sadly its bonds split. This results in the formation of an unstable molecule – free radical – which becomes highly reactive and desperate in search to become stable again.
In the time that is frantically searching, it steals from a healthy cell in your body, leaving it damaged and open for disease.
Sources Of These Free Radicals
- UVA and UVB rays
- chemicals: house hold, environmental
Free radicals damage creates inflammation, contributing factor to cancers and other disease, may cause premature wrinkles and sagging skin.
This all might seem frightful; however, our bodies are quite amazing at fighting free radicals off, if we help and support it. The best options are to avoid, as much as possible, the free radical sources and to indulge in free radical fighting foods ( antioxidants).
Antioxidants To The Rescue
Antioxidants have the ability to stabilize and ultimately destroy free radicals in your body’s cells and tissues. A few well-known antioxidants include: vitamin c, e, zinc, selenium, carotenoids ( group of red, orange, and yellow pigments fruits and veggies) and a few you might not be familiar are: glutathione, co enzyme Q 10 and alpha lipoic acid
Luckily there are many antioxidants available in our everyday foods – the bright colorful whole foods. Below are some foods sources:
- apples ( but do not peel them! The peel is full of nutrients – antioxidants and fiber)
- dark green leafy vegetables like spinach
- dark chocolate
- dark plum
- red and kidney beans
If would rather not eat these yummy foods, you can purchase an Antioxidant Supplement through my Shop Supplements with Emerson Ecologics.
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