WHAT ARE FREE RADICALS AND WHY ARE THEY BAD?
Free radicals cause cellular death!
More specifically they combine with oxygen and “oxidize” which cause the cell to become rusty or rancid and then die!
I know this might sound too scientific but honestly if I can get it anyone can.
I FLUNKED CHEMISTRY!
Just being truthful here. Yes when I was in college (still a teenager) I flunked my first year of chemistry and the chemistry professor actually told me to pursue another career. Well we all know how the story turns out, obviously I didn’t listen to him. Who would?
I DON’T GIVE UP!
I’m not sure why I flunked. There was a combination of reasons: It was boring, I was 18, it didn’t seem to have any bearing on anything, it was boring, and my mother died that year.
Turns out you don’t need to be a whiz in chemistry to be a good nurse. I have been one for 40 years and not looking to retire for another 4 years.
The point is I want to be totally transparent with you if I am to convince you to trust me.
What is astounding is that now, at age 62, I am actually interested in something totally “chemistry-fied” …FREE RADICALS! As I said at the beginning of this post, they kill cells. Cells that make up our bodies and everything in them.
I know you have probably seen the word and might even know it has something to do with antioxidants. But I just learned this amazing process that takes place on a cellular level in our bodies every day every minute. It’s called cellular respiration. Our cells breath. It is during cellular respiration that FREE RADICALS are produced. They combine with oxygen and oxidize or cause cells to go rancid or rust. (Rusty and Rancid in our bodies is not a good thing). Just think of air tight containers. We put foods in them that we don’t want to spoil. We keep the air out so they do not get “oxidized.”
There are several other ways FREE RADICALS are produced:
During illness, the longer you are sick the more FREE RADICALs are produced.
Many prescription drugs produce huge amounts of FREE RADICALS.
The environment, pesticides, pollution, cigarettes
Exercise, on the elite level. If you are one of these fatigue is a good sign you have too many FREE RADICALS running around.