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Episode Fifty

  • What is oxidation? A natural process that occurs in our bodies and in the environment around us. Examples include when iron rusts or fruit browns when cut open.
  • Oxidative damage - This occurs when harmful molecules (free radicals), that are created during oxidation, are out of balance.
  • What are free radicals? An uncharged molecule with an unpaired electron in its outer valence, that is desperate to be paired with another electron.
  • What are antioxidants? They give an electron to the free radicals, which neutralises them.
  • When antioxidants and free radicals are in balance then this is a healthy state.
  • Where can you find antioxidants - Vitamin A and C, rainbow of vegetables, animal products.
  • Avoid seed oils as high in oxidative damage - canola, soybean, safflower, sunflower, vegetable oils etc
  • Increase antioxidants - Obtain them from nutrient-dense whole food as close as possible in its natural form.
  • Cigarette smoking - generates large amounts of free radicals and increases oxidative damage.
  • Environmental toxins - These also increase oxidative damage. Such as excessive alcohol, pollution, radiation, excessive sunbaking.

Top 5 ways to reduce oxidative damage

  1. Eat real food
  2. Quit smoking & stop drinking excessive alcohol
  3. Quality sleep
  4. Stress management
  5. Movement