Protect and Improve Your Health With Antioxidants

Written by Hamoon Arbabi

Every minute of every dayrepparttar cells of our bodies are assaulted by particles called oxygen free radicals, also called oxidants. We canít escape free radicals because our cells produce them during normal metabolism. Additionally, our every day environment contains an abundance of free radicals.

Unfortunately these radicals produce chain reactions that lead to damage ofrepparttar 147717 DNA in our cells. The aging of our cells is partlyrepparttar 147718 result of free radical damage, also called oxidation.

Fortunately there are some simple steps that we can take to minimizerepparttar 147719 damage and to promote and prolongrepparttar 147720 health of our cells.


Free radicals are molecules that have an unpaired electron. They are chemically active and can be thought of as scavengers. They easily bond withrepparttar 147721 molecules of our cells in a process called oxidation.

We are familiar withrepparttar 147722 normal oxidation process of metals such as iron. Iron oxide is called rust, and we know that rust can deterioraterepparttar 147723 quality ofrepparttar 147724 metal. Other metals also can exhibit oxidation which we generally call corrosion. We normally take steps to preventrepparttar 147725 corrosion of metals.

Damage to our cells caused by oxidation is often called inflammation. And we can take steps to protect ourselves from cellular oxidation.


There are numerous chemical compounds that will neutralizerepparttar 147726 effects of oxidation. An antioxidant will bond withrepparttar 147727 free radical, creating a stable molecule, and preventrepparttar 147728 radical from causing oxidation ofrepparttar 147729 cell. This new molecule can then be removed during normal bodily processes.

The best known antioxidants arerepparttar 147730 nutrients, vitamins A, C, E andrepparttar 147731 mineral selenium. Numerous other vitamins, minerals, and enzymes perform important protective antioxidant functions.

Many of these substances, most notablyrepparttar 147732 above mentioned vitamins A, C, E andrepparttar 147733 mineral selenium, cannot be produced by our cells but must be ingested throughrepparttar 147734 foods we eat orrepparttar 147735 supplements we take.

Planning Stress Management

Written by Jeff Dedrick

Deadlines at work, demanding bosses, bills to be paid at home, kids demanding for time and attention, changes inrepparttar environment, etc. AAARRRRGH. These arerepparttar 147716 realities of everyday living that people in an industrialized world have to constantly contend with, if these factors are not handled properly this will lead to stress.

Stress isrepparttar 147717 wear and tearrepparttar 147718 body experiences as people adjust torepparttar 147719 ever-changing environment. It is relative to every individual. What may be considered as stressful to one person may not be true to another. Since stress factors are part of daily life,repparttar 147720 goal is not to eliminate stress but to findrepparttar 147721 optimal level whererepparttar 147722 stress factors motivaterepparttar 147723 individual in continuing his/her life and not be overwhelmed. This is called stress management.

Life without these stress factors may lead to boredom, dejection and depression. Onrepparttar 147724 other hand, excess of which may make one feel tied up in knots. So, how do we know that we are attainingrepparttar 147725 optimal stress level?

A clear indication that stress management has not been practiced orrepparttar 147726 optimal stress level has not been attained isrepparttar 147727 presence of related illness. Most sickness is due to unrelieved stress such as hypertension, dizziness, hyperacidity, etc. This indicates that stress must be reduced in daily living.

So, how does one really manage stress? Two things may be done. It may be done by either changingrepparttar 147728 source of stress or changing oneís reactions to it. Asrepparttar 147729 clichť goes, itís either we shape out or we shape up. In doingrepparttar 147730 former, itís like totally quittingrepparttar 147731 status quo. Itís like giving up totally so thatrepparttar 147732 stress factor that is present in life is totally eliminated. Some see this as chickening out or being yellow. However, this is also relative forrepparttar 147733 individual because ifrepparttar 147734 stress factor already affects every aspect ofrepparttar 147735 life ofrepparttar 147736 individual, getting out ofrepparttar 147737 situation completely may berepparttar 147738 best option. This may also be considered a brave move. The second option takes a lot of courage and maturity. Being able to identify and practice appropriate reactions to stressful situations takes a lot of courage and wisdom. However, with determination and persistence, this can be achieved.

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