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Free Radicals and How They Affect your Health like Pre-Mature Aging

December 20, 2016

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Free Radicals and How They Affect your Health, what are they?

This is a question that must of the public never ask, why is that? Because they do not know, our health books, our diet books and our health professionals do not educate people about free radical damage, if they do they give very little information, think back has your doctor ever brought up free radical damage and what it has to do with your medical issue, most likely no.

In this blog we will educate you on how dangerous free radicals are to your health, and how free radicals is most likely the root causes of most diseases. Your medical professionals have no concern on telling you the root cause of whatever medical issues you have, it is much easier to give you some type of drug, most of the time they do not know if that will work, so they try another one, guess what that drug you are taking is adding more free radicals in your body on top of the free radicals you already have “WOW” how does that make since.

It is up to you to take your health and the health of your family in your own hands, don’t expect your doctor to give you advice that might cure your medical issues, he makes money off you being sick.

Free radicals and your health

I’ve never been very fond of books or web sites which make the information so inaccessible, so difficult to assimilate, a regular person can’t understand it.

In my opinion this is why people do not take the time to educate themselves because the information is too complex to read so they lose interest.

Health information should not be the exclusive domain of a select few, it is too important for that. So here I will try to explain as clearly as possible what free radicals are and how they affect your health.

Before we get started I want you all to really pay attention on the information about free radicals, that is how important it is, once you learn how to avoid free radical damage you will ask yourself, this is so important I need to tell my friends and family members, guys the public needs to know about this your doctors and most of your health professionals are not going to spread the word about how serious free radical damage is for our health.

In this post we are going to talk about 3 types of free radicals listen up you need to remember this, you have your everyday environmental free radicals like, the toxic chemicals you are breathing in the air, you have toxic chemicals in your bottle water, tap water, sodas, sports drinks, mineral drinks, those so called alkaline waters that are bottled and sitting on the health store shelves, you have toxic chemicals on all the foods you are eating that includes organic (pesticides & herbicides) not to mention all your processed foods (western diet).

The second free radical is the most dangerous one in existence, the Hydroxyl Free Radical, is so dangerous that antioxidants from fresh fruits and vegetable cannot neutralize it, sorry I should probably tell you what a antioxidant is.

God gave us fresh fruits and vegetables to eat that are made to be toxic free, in those fruits and vegetables we have natural medicine, antioxidants and other nutrients, the job of the antioxidant is to neutralize the free radicals that we consume in breathing, the bacteria on the foods we eat etc. Antioxidants also help keep our immune system strong to fight off all diseases, the problem is in today’s life our foods are all contaminated unless of course you are growing your foods in a control environment, how many of you are doing that.

The issue is environmental toxic chemicals (free radicals) has over ran our bodies, our immune system is so depressed it cannot keep up with the number of free radicals that are going into the body, that is why we are one of the sickest countries in the world. You see most of the food you are eating is dead because it is so contaminated, and the water you are drinking is toxic 75% of your body is water think about that, toxic water the body 75% water how is that picture.

The third free radical is a good one we need it in our body to help kill bad bacteria.

After reading the above information am sure most of you are thinking we are doomed. Guys there is hope there is a way to reverse all this sickness you just have to go back to what God gave us to survive, fresh fruits and vegetable contaminate free and electrolyzed reduced water that has active hydrogen in each glass, active hydrogen is the most powerful antioxidant in existence and it is the only antioxidant that will neutralize the most dangerous free radical the hydroxyl free radical, the antioxidants in your fruits and vegetables want do it, we will touch more on this later in the blog.

Here is a short youtube link on electrolyzed reduced water, Japanese have been using this water in their hospitals for decades, electrolyzed reduced water is not new it has been around for centuries go to:
http://www.ninepointfive.com

When I first started in the health industry 35 plus years ago, when first saw the word “free radical” I didn’t have a clue as to what it meant. As I got further in my education a read a great deal more about it. Dr. Denham Harmon became very famous for having “discovered” free radicals or, more accurately, for developing the “free radical concept of aging.”

Briefly, this is how you could summarize his theory: The nucleus of an atom is surrounded by a cloud of electrons. These electrons surround the nucleus in pairs, but occasionally an atom loses an electron, leaving the atom with an “unpaired” electron. The atom is then called a “free radical”, and it is very reactive. When cells in the body encounter a free radical, the reactive radical may cause destruction in the cell. According to Dr. Harmon’s free radical theory of aging, cells continuously produce free radicals, and constant free radical damage eventually kills the cell. When free radicals kill or damage enough cells in an organism, the organism ages.

So, here you go pre-mature aging due to free radical damage, want to slow the aging process down, I do, then find the root cause of free radical damage right! Sounds simple, it is, we as humans make it hard.

What is a free radical?

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A free radical, in my mind, was simply an atom which had an odd number of electrons in its outer ring.

The more complete answer is that a “free radical” is any atom or molecule which has an “unpaired electron” in the outer ring. An “unpaired electron” will also always mean that there is an odd number since “pairing” of electrons goes by.

Protons have a positive electrical charge. Electrons have a negative electrical charge. The electrons move around the central mass made up of protons and neutrons. Neutrons have no electrical charge. The word is related to “neutral.”

Let’s take the example of helium, where the helium atom has 2 electrons circling around the center, and its center is made up of 2 protons and 2 neutrons. If 1 of those electrons “goes away”, that electron would no longer have a mate! What we would have here is a free radical.

It does have an odd number of electrons (1) in the outer ring (the only ring). We should note that it is very difficult to take one electron away from helium – that is why helium is considered so stable. Another word we need to understand in this situation is “ion.” An “ion” is an atom with some “net electrical charge” – an atom with either a “+” charge or a “-” electrical charge.

Once an atom has fewer electrons, with a negative electrical charge, then protons, with a positive electrical charge, this atom now has more positive electrical charge than negative electrical charge – we therefore say that this atom is, itself, positively charged.

Because it is positively charged it attracts any available electron, with its negative charge. Opposites attract.

In summary, you should be comfortable with understanding what a “free radical” is. It is an atom with an unpaired electron in the outer ring. It is lacking an electron. Does a free radical always have to be just one atom? No. It can also be a molecule, made up of 2 or more atoms.

Free radicals are atoms or molecules which contain unpaired electrons. Since electrons have a very strong tendency to exist in a paired rather than an unpaired state, free radicals indiscriminately pick up electrons from other atoms, which in turn converts those other atoms into secondary free radicals, thus setting up a chain reaction which can cause substantial biological damage.
Free Radical damage, chain reaction will change the Ph of your body to be more acidic, your body needs to be slightly alkaline to be healthy.

Dr. Denham Harmon, M.D., Ph.D., first proposed a theory of aging as the indiscriminate chemical re-activity of free radicals possibly leading to random biological damage. His idea has had much experimental success, and it is now considered a major theory of aging. Dr. Harmon’s theory implies that antioxidants from fresh fruits and vegetables, this is including and something most researchers do not mention is the power of antioxidants in electrolyzed reduced water with active hydrogen, will prevent free radicals from oxidizing (removing electrons from) sensitive biological molecules, will slow the aging process. Dr. Harmon launched his theory by showing, for the first time, that feeding a variety of antioxidants to mammals extended their life spans.

By what mechanisms do free radicals cause damage and disease?

Stay with me here. free radicals contribute to many different diseases. Chemically, a substance is oxidized when electrons are removed and reduced when electrons are added. All chemical reactions involve the transfer of electrons. The body generates energy by gradually oxidizing its food in a controlled manner and storing it in the form of chemical potential energy, called ATP.

Ironically, this energy-generation mechanism which is so essential to life can also set the stage for cell damage. The oxidation of foodstuffs is like a controlled fire which liberates energy but can also let sparks fly, giving rise to potential damage. The sparks in this analogy are free electrons escaping the transport system. These unpaired electrons readily form free radical molecules which are chemically reactive and highly unstable.

It is these free radical molecules which rapidly react with other molecules, setting off a chain reaction of free radical formation, somewhat similar to an atomic explosion. So now we have this molecule which is missing an electron and is dying to get its hands on an electron to help fill its need. This free radical now goes and steals an electron from another molecule that is more willing to give one up and thus it becomes satisfied, but now the victim molecule has become a free radical! This goes on for quite some time. We therefore call this process the chain reaction of free radicals.

Cell membranes are made of unsaturated lipids. The unsaturated lipid molecules of cell membranes are particularly susceptible to this damaging free radical process and readily contribute to the uncontrolled chain reaction. Oxidative damage, another name for the chemical reaction that free radicals cause, can lead to a breakdown or even hardening of lipids, which makeup all cell walls. If the cell wall is hardened (lipid peroxidation) then it becomes impossible for the cell to properly get its nutrients, get signals from other cells to perform an action (such as firing of a neuron) and many other cellular activities can be affected. In addition to the cell walls, other biological molecules are also susceptible to damage, including RNA, DNA and protein enzymes.

The primary site of free radical damage is the DNA found in the mitochondria. Mitochondria are small membrane-enclosed regions of a cell which produce the chemicals a cell uses for energy. Mitochondria are the “energy factory” of the cell. Every cell contains an enormous set of molecules called DNA which provide chemical instructions for a cell to function.

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This DNA is found in the nucleus of the cell, which serves as the “command center” of the cell, as well as in the mitochondria. The cell automatically fixes much of the damage done to nuclear DNA. However, the DNA in the mitochondria cannot be readily fixed.
Therefore, extensive DNA damage accumulates over time and shuts down mitochondria, causing the cells to die and the organism to age.(2)

Hence, this free radical generation process can disrupt all levels of cell function. This is why free radical damage is thought to be such a basic mechanism of tissue injury. It damages us at the cellular level.

The more toxic metals in your body, the higher the free radical activity.

Now here’s the kicker. Heavy metals in your body multiply those free radicals chain reactions several thousands, possibly several million times. When a free radical molecule hits a metal atom in your body, the effect is multiplied many-fold. This is partly why it is so important to remove toxic metals from your body through chelation.

Free radicals are increased in activity and quantity by bumping into toxic metals in the body. Thus, toxic metals are a cause of free radicals. Several hundred years ago we did NOT have the burden of toxic metals in our bodies that we now do, and we also did not have such an exposure to free radicals. If you remove the toxic metals from the body, you then greatly reduce the activity and the number of free radicals.

It is also clear that environmental agents initiate free radical problems. The toxicity of lead, pesticides, cadmium, ionizing radiation, alcohol and cigarette smoke may all be due to their free radical initiating ability.
Heart disease and free radicals

Now let’s talk about heart disease and free radicals. Heart disease is NOT caused by eating butter and eggs. The traditional view has been that when you ate butter and eggs and other foods high in cholesterol, you increase the amount of cholesterol in your blood stream. This is false. Dietary cholesterol does not increase blood cholesterol. Then, this excessive cholesterol would build up on the inner lining of the artery. Again, this is false. Next, the traditional view goes that cholesterol attracts particles of calcium floating along in the blood stream, building up a sort of sandwich of cholesterol – calcium – cholesterol – calcium – cholesterol. This is the traditional view.

It is safe to say that fewer and fewer researchers believe that high levels of fat or cholesterol in the diet are the primary cause of heart disease. An exception to this may be researchers who work for companies which offer high-priced cholesterol-lowering medications.

Understand how important dietary fats or what we call it raw fats is for your heath, you need raw fats in your daily diet to fight against the bad cholesterol LDL good raw fat is HDL, do not go on any type of fad diets that are low fats make sure you are eating good raw fats daily you might be surprised when you start losing weight.

The actual cause of heart disease is damage done by free radicals (inflammation) to individual cells within the arteries. This free radical damage cannot be prevented or cured by any drugs – in fact most drugs are sources of MORE free radicals in the body.
Role of Antioxidants

To combat the free radical chain, by donating an electron to bring the molecule back to balance.

Why is electrolyzed reduced water with active hydrogen the most powerful antioxidant in existence, it is a selective antioxidant.

Within your cells there are antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase that neutralizes superoxide anions (free radical) into Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen Peroxide (good free radical) is a weaker free radical that is useful in your cells. For example, it is used by your immune system to kill bacteria.

Unhealthy lifestyle, bad environment, and poor nutrition contributes to excess free radical production in your cells. Also, as you age, your antioxidant defense system weakens, leaving you more vulnerable to free radical damage. Below are the most common contributors to producing excess free radicals inside your cells.

Radiation, Pollution, UV rays, Processed foods, Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking, Household and industrial chemicals, Heavy Metals, Excessive Exercise, Lack of sleep, Mold, Bacteria, Viruses, Toxins, Injuries.

When Excess free radicals are produced inside the cell, some of them can convert into more dangerous free radical. For example, hydrogen peroxide readily converts into the most dangerous hydroxyl radicals in the presence of Iron, or other heavy metals. Another example is when your cells are subjected to radiation, UV rays, and Electromagnetic frequencies these can directly produce hydroxyl radicals inside your cells.

Hydroxyl radicals are highly reactive free radicals that will steal an electron from any molecule, including DNA, Protein, Lipids, etc. there by damaging them.

Once free radicals convert into hydroxyl radicals, there are no antioxidant enzymes that can neutralize them. Hydroxyl radicals will quickly react with and damage nearby molecules.

FREE RADICAL DAMAGE IN YOUR CELLS IS CALLED OXIDATIVE STRESS

If you feel that you’re not as healthy as you should be, it’s most likely due to oxidative stress, you need to boost your antioxidant defense system.

Electrolyzed reduced water, known as MOLECULAR HYDROGEN (H2) or ACTIVE HYDROGEN, is the smallest antioxidant in existence. Other antioxidants such as Vitamin C or Vitamin E are very large molecules compared to H2 and need to go through your digestive tract, absorbed in your intestines, go through your blood, and enter into your cells before they can eliminate free radicals. H2 (electrolyzed reduced water) is so small, when you drink a glass of electrolyzed reduced water it can penetrate through your digestive tract starting at the mouth to begin acting inside your cells immediately. H2 is also in a gaseous state, so it can basically float through your cells and perform its function as an antioxidant.

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This is how powerful H2(electrolyzed reduced water) is, each molecule of H2 can neutralize two hydroxyl radicals into water, hydrating your cells in the process. H2(electrolyzed reduced water) is selective and targets only hydroxyl radicals, this is a key benefit of h2 because H2 only eliminates the harmful free radicals but does not directly affect useful free radicals such as hydrogen peroxide or nitric oxide, for me this is amazing.

Other antioxidants are not selective but rather neutralize any free radical in their vicinity. This may disrupt the balance of free radicals to antioxidants. Other antioxidants become weak free radicals themselves after neutralizing free radicals.

Scientific case studies showing the power of H2(electrolyzed reduced water)

Active Hydrogen (electrolyzed reduced water) can neutralize hydroxyl radicals the most dangerous free radical in the body.
http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v13/n6/full/nm1577.html

Electrolyzed reduced water reduces oxidative stress
http://bmcproc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1753-6561-5-S8-P69

Benefits of athletes rehydrating with electrolyzed reduced water.
http://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-016-0153-8

For more information go to http://www.drinknatureswater.com

Bill & Emily Mabry 6A
Wellness Coach/CMHS/Strength and conditioning coach
http://www.drinknatureswater@gmail.com

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