I’m assuming that you, dear reader, are already familiar with the term “oxidation” as it relates to human health. In a nutshell, certain unstable chemical compounds called “reactive oxidative species” or “free radicals” create damage in our cells day in and day out, with every breath we take and, yes, every move we make. We call this “oxidative stress.” Antioxidants, as the name would imply, help to counteract this damage.
As with many types of stress in our lives, oxidative stress can be beneficial in low amounts but detrimental in high amounts. In low amounts, oxidative stress stimulates our cells to produce their own internal antioxidants to protect themselves and repair damage to their DNA. In high amounts, oxidative stress activates systems inside cells that cause them to kill themselves rather than continue to grow and divide in a damaged or mutated manner. In very high amounts, oxidative stress can overwhelm these repair mechanisms and cellular suicide systems and lead to survival of damaged cells with faulty DNA, that then go on to divide, grow, and form cancerous tumors.
In the effort to prevent cancer, our jobs are to keep our cells supplied with plenty of the building blocks to make these internal antioxidants and to reduce exposure to oxidative stressors, as we’re able. In a world that is chock full of these stressors - chemical pollution, UV light, ionizing radiation, cigarette smoke, inflammation, and excessive calories - it’s also best for us to ingest a high volume of antioxidants through our food. Luckily for us, the foods that are high in antioxidants are also delicious.
You may or may not recognize some of the names in the wide world of antioxidants. Internally produced antioxidants include superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase (GPx), which are produced in increasing amounts in response to<><><><><><><><>Continue Reading >
We are well into summer now — school will be back in session before you know it. I hope you’ve been enjoying yourself and finding ways to stay active and get outdoors for some contact with nature. Here in Phoenix area, most of us want to avoid melting in the extreme heat so we spend too much time indoors, often inactive. What if you want to brave the heat and do some hiking or paddling around? How can you stay protected and keep your cool? I have some tips for you.Continue Reading
Since the heat is such a bummer, we want to offer you 20% off supplements for the month of July! The biggest gift that I could give to you is ideas on how to stay super hydrated during these months. The amount of water that I have found that we all need to stay hydrated is our body weight in ounces (winter months would be half that amount). Believe me that it wasn’t easy working up to this much in the summer but it has made a huge impact on the way I feel - cooler, more energized, improved tolerance of the heat, better workouts and I feel happier. It’s worth the effort and be patient as it doesn’t happen overnight.Continue Reading
It’s the time of year again that every Phoenix resident dreads, Summer Heat. Too much heat can not only be uncomfortable but it considered a pathogen in Chinese medicine. If it’s heat from the sweltering city sun, or from eating lots of fried, hot, greasy foods, the heat pathogen can cause symptoms such as profuse sweating, parched mouth and throat, constipation, agitation, headaches and heart palpitations.Continue Reading