We are exposed to toxins in the environment all day, 24/7, stress, sunlight, pesticides, pollution, medications, food additives and more. These create free radicals which are chemically active atoms or molecular fragments that have a charge due to an excess or deficient number of electrons. When free radicals are produced, oxidative stress occurs. The simple examples of oxidative stress are oils becomeing rancid, peeled apples turning brown, and iron rusting. You can tell from these examples that oxidative stress is like aging, not vibrant, dying. So, the same thing is happening to your body when you are exposed to environmental toxins. It weakens your healthy cells. In effect, your body loses its defense against diseases and becomes more vulnerable to damage. One of the most serious diseases caused by free radicals is Cancer. Free radials attacks the cells and eventually damage the DNA. The cell becomes a cancer cell and begins many forms of cancer. Therefore, we really need to protect ourselves from oxidative stress (oxidation).
One of the ways to protect your body against these free radicals is to have a diet rich in antioxidants.
Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as enzymes (proteins in your body that assist in chemical reactions). Antioxidants block the process of oxidation by neutralizing free radicals. In doing so, the antioxidants themselves become oxidized. That is why there is a constant need to replenish our antioxidant resources.
So, how can we take Antioxidants? Several studies out there talk about only 4 nutrients, Vitamin C, E, beta-carotene, and selenium. However, according to the father of Antioxidant theory, Dr. Lester Packer, he says that you need to have a NETWORK of antioxidants. So you really need to have many different kinds of nutrients on top of those mentioned above such as Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, Glutathione, Flavonoids, Carotenoids, and Selenium. You can find these nutrients in different kinds of food but mostly are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. They are: apples, berries, carrots, citrus fruits, cruciferous vegetables, dried fruit, garlic and onions, greens, red grapes and wine, sesame oil and seeds, soy foods, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, tea, turmeric, walnuts, and winter squashes. It is better to consume raw forms as much as possible except some (sweet potatoes, tea, winter squashes, and soy foods) to absorb more nutrition. It is not so difficult to add most of these foods to your daily diet, so make sure you them in your refrigerator and pantry all the time!
Last but not least, I highly recommend that those who don’t have time to cook, smokers, diabetics, athletes, menopausal women, people at high risk of cancer, or high risk of cardiovascular disease, and picky eaters consider taking nutritional supplements.
All of this and more will be discussed at my “Anti-Oxidant” workshop in detail. We will have a Biophotonic Scanner to measure your current antioxidant level at the event. You will be really educated and get sample recipes too!
Here is the information of the workshop
Date: Saturday, February 11 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: New Body Boot Camp & Wellness
552 Union Street (at 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11215