Colon Cleanse – Probiotics -Psoriasis
Have you ever wondered why an apple turns brown after you slice it? I knew that it had something to do with exposing it to air; and that if you mixed it with citrus juice, like in a fruit salad, it didn’t turn brown. What really surprised me was to find out that the brown was the result of free radicals attacking the apple’s cells and molecules and killing them. The term for this is oxidation and it will eventually destroy the apple entirely.
Recent research has shown that the relentless attack by free radicals on your body is the basic cause of many of our ailments:
Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases
Cataracts and macular degeneration
Reactions to drugs
Scientists suspect that free radicals are in some way responsible for more than 50 ailments that plague human beings.
So, what is a free radical? In order to answer that question, we will need to re-visit our high school chemistry class.
If you recall, an atom is made up of neutrons, protons and electrons. Neutrons have a neutral electrical charge and protons have a positive charge. Together they make up the nucleus of an atom.
Electrons have a negative charge and orbit around the nucleus in shells or rings like the planets around the sun. The thing that is important to us for this study is the number of electrons in the outermost ring. If there is an even number in this ring, then the atom is in balance and poses no threat.
Free radicals, on the other hand, are atoms or groups of atoms with an unpaired electron in the outside ring or shell. Since nature is always seeking balance, this atom with an odd number of electrons in the outer shell will attempt to bond with another atom and share an electron and thereby become stable.
Unfortunately, the bond between atoms is sometimes very weak; and, when they are separated, the atom has an odd number of electrons and is now a free radical. In order to reach stability, this atom will steal an electron from the nearest substance. In the process of becoming stable, it has created another free radical with an odd number of electrons, which seeks out a substance to steal an electron from – starting a chain reaction.
In defense of free radicals, I must tell you that they are not always bad for you. In order for your body to break down food and create energy, it needs free radicals. Also, your immune system uses free radicals to kill viruses and bacteria.
The human body contains many different types of cells and molecules. And, each and every one of them is attacked thousands of times a day by free radicals. Up until we are about twenty years old, our bodies do an excellent job of defending us against these plunderers; but over time the damage starts to accumulate and we begin to age faster because of it.
Therefore, how do we get free radicals; and, better yet, how do we get rid of them. For those of you who have read some of the earlier articles in this series, this will come as no surprise. We get them from our environment – pollution, cigarettes, herbicides, pesticides and radiation. We control and eliminate them through our diet by eating foods with lots of antioxidants.
Day 18 – No adverse effects at all and I think I have stopped the spread of my psoriasis.
My vocation is business, but my advocation is every thing else. I use the cold winter months here in Wisconsin to study subjects ranging from health and diet to quantum mechanics and from wind and solar energy to “green” building procedures. I am currently researching probiotics because there is strong evidence that the balance of microbes in your digestive tract is elemental to good health.
I strongly belive in the power of positive thinking to bring wealth and good fortune into our lives; and I am fascinated by the work of Masaru Emoto and his messages from water. I wrote this article because I am determined that we all can live long enough and healthy enough to find new challenges.