Free Radicals, Oxidative stress and Antioxidants

Free Radicals are molecules that are very unstable and seek to bond to other molecules to increase their stability. They are produced when your body breaks down food for energy or when your body is exposed to radiation or contaminants (such as tobacco smoke). All cells contain cellular antioxidants to help combat this damage by stabilizing the free radicals, but if an individual is depleted nutritionally and exposed to overwhelming environmental stress, these antioxidants can be depleted very quickly .When free radicals bond to molecules within the body’s tissues, they can cause damage to cells or to D.N.A. contained within the cells. Over-production of free radicals can result in oxidative stress -a condition in which the body is unable to detoxify itself completely and tends to affect the immune, endocrine and nervous systems damaging mitochondria and interrupting cellular communication. Oxidative stress has been found to play a role in the development of many diseases including the following:

Adult respiratory distress syndrome
Alziemers
Cataracts
Cancer
Chronic renal failure
Chronic Inflammation throughout the body
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Diabetes mellitus
Heart disease
Hematological disorder
Hepatitis
Hypertension
Hypoxia
Inflammatory bowel disease
Myocardial ischemia
Myositis
Nephritis
Parkinson’s disease
Retinopathy
Rheumatoid arthritis
Scleroderma
Lupus
Liver cell injury
Ulcerative colitis

Oxidative stress in the body can be likened to rust eating away at metal and is the principal cause of premature aging

“Free radicals are produced usually as a by-product of energy production, but chemicals in the environment are causing free radical activity far over and above the limits that our bodies were designed to handle.”    Dr Bruce Ames – oxidative stress expert

Antioxidants (against oxidation) neutralize free radicals and combat the oxidation process.
The negative hydrogen ions received during an ionic detox footbath act as a powerful antioxidant that directly baths the tissues, organs and joints neutralizing free radical damage and reducing oxidative stress within your body.
We consume Antioxidants on a daily bases if we consume fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts etc - preferably grown organically or biodynamically because these soils are richer in the vitamins and minerals our bodies need.
Also in this day and age supplementing for antioxidant protection is a good idea.
Antioxidants include:
      -  Vitamins A, C, E and B
      -  Co enzyme Q10 and Alpha lapoic acid
      -  Mineral synergists to antioxidants – selenium, zinc and manganese
      -  Phyto chemicals – flavanoids, indoles etc
      -  Glyconutrients and several amino acids

“We simply don’t consume enough antioxidants in our daily diets to cope with free radical stress” Dr Steve Nugent – How To Survive On A Toxic Planet