Modern living wreaks cellular havoc within our bodies – polluted air and water, food, EMF’s and toxins we are exposed to from indoor and outdoor environments, air travel, solar radiation, smoking, and even intense exercise all produce cellular damage. If not addressed, damaged cells lead to lack of energy, aging, and poor health.
One of the major causes of cellular damage are free radicals. A free radical is an atom or group of atoms that has an unpaired electron and is therefore unstable and highly reactive. Once formed these free radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. The chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage, the body has a defense system of antioxidants. Although our cells are harmed by free radicals every day, our bodies also produce a cellular signal to initiate repair of this damage. The problem is, if we don’t make enough of the signal necessary to repair all the damage caused by free radicals, oxidative stress accumulates.
(Side note: Our bodies actually need some free radicals! For example, our immune system will create them on purpose to neutralize bacteria and viruses).
reduces utilization of oxygen
reduces cell energy production
reduces utilization of nutrients
causes aging in general
causes certain age-related disorders
affects concentration and memory
leads to chronic diseases
causes mitochondrial diseases
slows wound healing
reduces the general state of health
limits focus and endurance
weakens the immune system