November 01, 2015
Are you doing more harm than good?
There are many carcinogenic substances out there that can harm and effect your body. You can try your hardest to protect yourself from toxic substances but in today's society it is difficult to eliminate them all. Don't worry, it's not all bad news, lifestyle is a huge contributing factor, by exercising regularly, eating a lot of vegetables and fruits (must be organic) can help. The biggest impact you can have on your body is by increasing your antioxidants and I recommend taking a balanced antioxidant supplement. Free radicals form within your body and damage your cells, lipid membrane, muscles and organs. This damage to your cells can start to cause cancer. Antioxidants bind with this free radical to change its function and make it something we can use. What's important is that these antioxidants are taken together and that the over use of one or an imbalanced consumption of either vitamin C or vitamin E can actually increase exposure to free radicals, this is how it works:
Free radicals are a necessary process of your immune system, however when these free radicals get out of control they damage the lipids and proteins in cell membranes. Free radicals have an extra electron and react readily with DNA, protein and lipids.
Strong antioxidants include:
Free radicals, such as hydroxyl radicals, superoxide anions and hydrogen peroxide readily oxidize DNA, proteins and lipids. Reaction with unsaturated fatty acids (i.e. in membrane phospholipids) starts a chain reaction generating more free radicals. Defenses against free radicals include intracellular enzymes (some require selenium or manganese), water-soluble antioxidants (including ascorbic acid), and fat-soluble antioxidants (such as beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol). After reacting with a free radical, vitamin E becomes an oxidant itself that can generate more free radicals. Ascorbic acid must regenerate the oxidized tocopheryl to prevent harm. Tissue enzymes then have to regenerate the oxidized ascorbyl radical. Excessive or imbalanced consumption of either vitamin C or vitamin E may increase exposure to free radicals.
Things to avoid:
Fiber from plant foods act as a bulking agent to reduce carcinogenic concentration on the intestinal mucosa. Recommended intake for women is 25g/day and men 38g/day, examples are fruits (eg apples), vegetables (eg beans), grains (eg brown bread). Eating foods rich in folate, ,dietary fiber, and antioxidants reduces your risk of cancer.
Food carcinogens that cause DNA mutations include:
How cancer works:
Most people these days don’t often think about your health until ‘something happens to you’, the best cure for cancer is prevention but not everyone can be bothered with this. The World Health Organization has stated that 85% of cancers are down to lifestyle with 50% being due to dietary choices. When someone gets cancer what is the first thing they do? They change their lifestyle, but a lot of the time its too late! Don’t end up one of these statistics, opt for a better lifestyle now!
We are all aware of the dangers of smoking and excessive drinking and know we should exercise more and eat healthily. But do we? How do we eat healthily? How do we get better nutrition? How do we get more energy? If you're not sure check out the ‘The Body Objective’
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