Free Radicals – The Road to Disease
People in the health biz throw around the lingo as if everybody has a clue. Well, some do, but a lot don’t. And even if you recognize the words, you may not understand the meaning.
So, let’s talk terminology.
Especially about things that drag us down-including body parts that insist on going south, permanently, not just for the winter.
We can wrap up the road to disease in just a few words. Not, of course, all the intricacies and complications, but enough to get an idea of how it works.
Free radicals are life’s garbage. As we eat, exercise, breathe, whatever, we leave behind free radicals like ashes from a fire. We can’t avoid free radicals.
Add in a bad diet and a toxic environment, and we’re awash in free radicals.
And if we don’t do something, we’re going down.
Here’s how it works: Free radicals are cells with missing parts. Well, cells can’t live that way, so free radical cells attack good cells to get their missing part. This turns the attacked cells into a free radicals, and so the process goes on, and on, and on. We’re talking World War III in our innards, folks.
The result? We get oxidized, which is a fancy term for rusting out. Rusty parts don’t work well, and we become targets for every virus that crosses our path.
The rust causes inflammation, the beginning of dread disease.
Chances are, though, we don’t know we’re in trouble. And we go merrily along making the whole thing worse, adding more and more free radicals to the mix-pollution, a junk diet, stress, a lack of sleep.
Let me give you one for instance: Soy, present in all processed and fast foods, creates free radical cells by the box-carload. Strips your cells of minerals. Throws your estrogen/testosterone balance for a loop. Pummels the thyroid. Damages your brain. And on, and on. Who knew a sip of soy milk could start a tsunami? Yikes!
And, as I said, soy is but a single example of all we face.
So what to do?
Antioxidants excel at rust removal. And where do we get these wonder workers? From good nutrition.
Unfortunately, food can’t do much nowadays. Farming methods, our far-flung distribution system, genetic modification of seeds and the like have killed most of food’s nutrition-unless you grow your own and know how to replenish the soil. Or know an organic farmer.
Even then, though, you need supplements to get enough punch to fight today’s environmental problems-wherever you live.
Vitamin and minerals
And it’s not about a little something here and a little something else there. You need a solid vitamin/mineral program to make your body hum.
Not all supplements are created equal. Those you buy at grocery stores, drugstores, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Costco, Trader Joe’s, etc. don’t offer much nutrition because they’re way over-processed-some to the point of being anti-nutrition.
Plus, it’s not a matter of taking an occasional vitamin if you happen to think about it. And it’s not about religiously taking one of everything. Or a lot of everything. We need to understand what we’re doing.
Which means we need to understand vitamins and minerals. Contrary to popular opinion, vitamins and minerals are where the power is-not medicines.
Sure, medicine can storm the body and stomp all over symptoms, but meds don’t do anything about the cause of those symptoms.
Rather than marching in and breaking the furniture, vitamins and minerals work in our cells to get rid of rust, undo any damage and get them all marching in the same direction. It’s called healing.
Meds work fast-and in an emergency, they may be necessary-but vitamins and minerals get the job done-albeit at a sedate pace. For instance, in Moving to Health I write about a vitamin our bodies use to heal a variety of big-time ailments-in about three years. Noticeable results don’t take that long, but healing does.
Well, that sure sounds like a long time. But consider this: If you don’t step up to the plate and take action, healing isn’t even an option.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.