to free radical damage is the introduction of antioxidants. An antioxidant
is a compound that has a weak electron bonding and can surrender
an electron to a free radical, thus stabilizing it. It then becomes
a less aggressive free radical itself, which absorbs one electron
from other antioxidants in the chain of electron transfer during
metabolism of food.
scientists studying mortality now believe that aging itself is really
a disease, and not the inevitable experience of the biological organism.
A French scientist, Dr. Alexis Carrel, received the Nobel Prize
for keeping the cells of a chicken heart alive for 34 years. Dr.
Carrel concluded: "The cell is immortal. It is merely the fluid
(water) in which it floats that degenerates. Renew this fluid at
intervals, give the cells what they require for nutrition, and as
far as we know, the pulsation of life may go on forever." Dehydration
of the cells is considered a major factor in the aging process.
we drink differs substantially from the intracellular water in our
bodies. Tap water has a surface tension of approximately 73 dynes.
The water in our cells has a surface tension of approximately 45
dynes. One of the jobs of metabolism is to reduce the surface tension
of the water we drink so that the body can absorb it, rather than
pass it through the kidneys and expel it.
these two basic ideas, when the body becomes dehydrated the organs
are less able to pool hydrogen, and it is this pool of hydrogen
which helps to protect against free-radical damage. Szent-Gyorgyi
wrote in his book The Living State: "Attaching hydrogen
to a molecule means lending energy to it. Since in hydrogen the
electron and proton are loosely coupled, by attaching hydrogen we
essentially attach an electron."
also assists the production of free radical damage then one of our
primary concerns in maintaining health is to properly hydrate the
body. One way to do this is to drink water that has already had
the surface tension reduced so that the body can readily absorb
it. These waters are known as clustered water and many companies
are now producing just such water. I personally drink a clustered
water along with a product that will add colloidal minerals and
negatively charged hydrogen. This product was created by Dr. Patrick
Flanagan and is known as Microhydrin. Microhydrin will reduce the
surface tension of purified water allowing greater conductivity
in body fluids. Therefore, not only is the water rendered more useful
to the body, but the negative hydride ions also act as a potent
antioxidant. Thus both essential needs of the body, proper cellular
hydration and free radical scavenging are accomplished by using
this one product.
has also shown that water has "memory" and that the shape
of the water molecule has a great influence on how the water is
assimmilated in the body. When "healing waters" from around
the world are examined on a molecular scale their structure tends
to form a beautifully symetrica six pointed star. In the few locations
where these specific waters do exist naturally, the people are known
to lead long, vibrant lives without many of the health problems
that are prevalent in western society. See article on Clustered
are many other supplements that are good antioxidants, Vitamin C,
Beta-carotene, Vitamin E and Selenium are a few of the most potent.
Vitamin C should be taken in varied doses throughout the day. The
other three are best absorbed through food sources. Vitamin E and
Selenium can be toxic if over consumed. A really excellent book
on nutrition and how the different supplements work in the body
is Beating Cancer with Nutrition by Patrick Quillin.
book that has an interesting theory is Eat Right for Your Blood
Type by Dr. Peter D Adamo. He provides a lot of information
on how different blood types absorb food or create agglutination
in the body by creating antigens to some foods. The theory appears
quite useful in keeping the levels of free radical damage in the
body low as well as not ingesting foods that will become toxic to
your particular blood type.
the essentials of proper hydration and reduction of free radical
damage, there is a wealth of information available on the internet
and in the library that can teach about proper nutrition.