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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Antioxidants Explained by Sabrina

A brilliant teacher of the apologetic class that I am beginning at my church, made the statement that, "We die because our cells, mutate....." (and stop working as perfectly and efficiently as they did when we were young and our cells were not mutated = the disease of aging, which we all have)

That makes it sound really bad, so lets counter that with some encouragemnt.  You are invited to  read my post on how I don't mind wrinkles

Anyway ...this reminded me of anti-oxidants, so I asked Sabrina, volunteer dietitian of Encouraging Entourage, to explain about anti-oxidants.  She gave a really cool answer, and everyone knows it is more fun to ask a friend rather than google, so here, hear from Sabrina.

Consider this your science lesson for the week, and your motivation to eat fruits and vegetables.

Sabrina's words:

Free radicals form when a single oxygen molecule is floating around.  It is not stable and goes about looking to stabilize so it robs a healthy cell of an oxygen molecule to stabilize itself leaving another single oxygen molecule....this is called oxidation and it is so destructive.

Think of what happens to a piece of metal left out in the weather.  It oxidizes and rusts.  Same concept.  Fruits and veggies are chock full of antioxidants that prevent free radicals from forming.  Think about plants.  They are created to withstand harsh weather conditions and are equipped by God  with substances to keep them healthy...

He's done the same with our bodies and when we consume the plants the Lord has given us, those same strong substances, antioxidants , serve also to help fight off those things that would otherwise cause disease.

When we rob our bodies of these important substances, we leave our bodies open for illness.  Mutations happen at the level of cell division and manifest in the form of cancer, autoimmune diseases, etc..

Antioxidants fight free radicals.  So in an effort to keep our bodies healthy and able to fight off disease and sickness, we need to make sure to consume plenty of those wonderful antioxidant filled plants that God has given us!!

Just a side note:  Within one week I was exposed twice to this horrible flu going around spending hours sitting next to the people who were contagious (unbeknownst to me) and while, afterwards, I had a headache and sore throat for a day, I relied on prayer and the healthy diet I consume to ward that off... and it did.  No flu here and very grateful.

(by Sabrina, transcribed by Tammy)

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So my thought is, next time you are going for the refined bake goods (like I lust after), think RUST.  Then remind yourself you need some protection.  Reach for the antioxidant rich fruits and veggies more often.  Eat and drink from the rainbow of plant goodness that God has provided for us.

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