It seems everybody today is selling something that will give you energy, lose fat, regrow your hair and change your marriage.
It is very difficult to determine what is what and who is who in the world of health and proper supplementation.
These well meaning people can leave you dizzy with their claims of miraculous recoveries and magical cures.
So we often ask ourselves: Does it really work? Or more important: How do I know if it is working?
Let’s back up and ask ourselves a different question: If I were to choose one goal in supplementation, what would it be?
My answer would be a resounding increasing your body’s level of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are those substances that promote whole body health by killing off all the bad guys.
Wikipedia defines an antioxidant as, “A molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. In turn, these radicals can start chain reactions. When the chain reaction occurs in a cell, it can cause damage or death.”
Without antioxidants, we age faster, we get sick more frequently, and when we do get sick…we really get sick.
Antioxidants are the guys in the white hats that kill the bad guys in the black hats, which are called free radicals.
I think of free radicals as seagulls. They come swooping in, make a lot of noise, crap all over the place and leave. Then they move onto another place in the body to do the same.
In addition, antioxidants also mobilize the dormant and inactive macrophages in your body.
Macro-what? …Macrophage. These are the cells that circle around, engulf and kill the bad guys in your body.
Remember Pac Man?
The macrophages are your body’s defense system. These macro-thing-a-ma-jiggies don’t do anything until they are told to do something.
They are waiting to be called to action, into war.
The antioxidants turn the macrophages ‘on’ and mobilize them.
We are all born with an innate ability to defend our bodies and keep our bodies as healthy as possible.
This is called our immune system. Our immune system is very complicated and convoluted.
Just know that one of the most important parts of our inborn immune defense system is that of our antioxidants and our macrophages.
Now we agree that antioxidants are the big cheese of our immune system. What do we do to optimize it?
Some powerful and natural sources of antioxidants include small red beans, wild cherries, red kidney and pinto beans, blueberries, cranberries, artichoke, blackberries, prunes, raspberries, red delicious and granny apples.
One may find it necessary to supplement with antioxidants as well. I strongly recommend JuicePlus.
As you sit there, your body is doing at least 21 million chemical reactions, processes and all the while regulating or changing something—all without your knowledge.
Give your body the best chance possible. I think the best way to fight illness is to stay healthy.
Call me crazy, but it seems to be common sense to me. Think of it this way—is it easier to stay healthy or be in a disease state and try to achieve health?
Anything else is like being bankrupt and then planning your finances.
Antioxidants are important in health and they are important in life.
It not only improves your life, but it also improves the quality of
Markus Thiel is a practicing doctor of chiropractic in Kelowna.