5 Things To Know How do Free Radicals Affect Us & Our Skin
What are free radicals?
You’ve probably heard the term ‘free radicals’ many times and how antioxidants help fight free radicals. You’ve no doubt been curious what these ‘free radicals’ are and what they do and what they mean for us humans?
Free radicals are unstable molecules that have an unpaired electron in their outer orbit and can damage our cells. Electrons like to be in pairs. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms aka ‘free radicals.’ Like hyenas they scavenge and seek. They find other electrons to become a new pair this causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA.
Free radicals can alter our DNA and trigger diseases in the human body.
We actually need to have a balance of antioxidants and free radicals for physiological function of the human body, such as growth and healing from nutrition in our body.
We can get this much needed nutrition from the food we eat and what we put into our skin.
What causes free radicals to affect us?
Although free radicals are produced naturally in the body, our environment and things found within our environment and lifestyle are known to cause free radicals to be disruptive and accelerate their production.
These factors can be caused by:
UV rays from the sun
Exposure to X-rays, ozone, air pollutants, industrial chemicals.
Exposure to toxic chemicals, this can be from our personal hygiene products, skincare, household cleaners, foods we eat.
In what ways do free radicals affect us?
Every single day 20 billion cells die in our body. Our bodies are working to replace these cells, every day.
This sounds like hard work doesn’t it. Based on that alone, you would think we would all be slimmer & trimmer having this process keeping the metabolism well on the move.
This cell replacement sometimes goes wrong due to the above mentioned factors and this can also be why cancer occurs.
If free radicals overwhelm the body’s ability to regulate them, a condition known as oxidative stress occurs.
This then results in more free radicals, cell damage and oxidative stress. Besides cancer other chronic health problems can be cardiovascular, inflammatory disease and cataracts.
Then as we age, the body slows down and is less energetic and strong and loses its ability to combat these effects.
The effects of free radicals on our skin include premature aging and wrinkles.
What can help fight free radicals?
Antioxidants is the best quick short answer.
Antioxidants help neutralize these free radicals before they can cause any harm to our cells.
Antioxidants such as Vitamins A,C & E.
Taking supplements is one way.
Taking care of yourself and eating well and paying attention to what is in your personal hygiene, cleaning products and your skincare. Find safe anti-aging non-toxic skincare.
Some good foods high in antioxidants to focus on are:
Red wine is a better choice than white, but beware. While red wine has antioxidants and is good for the heart, it’s not that good for the gut. So, in moderation is best.
And of course there is always slip, slop, slap for so many reasons, so now you’ve been given another reason to cover up when spending time in the sun.
Natural and Organic is also a wise choice. Non-toxic and chemical free. As you just read above how chemicals can affect the balance and reproduction of our cells.
How can free radicals affect our skin?
Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies. It is porous and it absorbs whatever we put on it.
So what you are putting into your skin goes into your bloodstream and lymphatic system.
If you are using harmful toxic chemicals and this can be colours and fragrances too. These can most certainly have a nasty effect on your health, as they will make their way into your body. And can cause any of the things we have listed. The conclusion here is to choose natural products.
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All deLadonica products contain multiple ingredients that contain antioxidants and vitamins.
You can read on each product page the benefits of each product and its ingredients.
In conclusion how to take care of your skin to best avoid free radicals!
- Cover up and follow the guide lines of slip, slop, slap when you are spending time in the sun.
- Eat healthy, avoiding toxic unhealthy foods and focus on getting the antioxidants onto your plate.
- Try to avoid chemicals wherever possible like choosing as less toxic chemicals as you can for your household cleaning.
- Be aware what you are putting on your skin, since you now know whatever that is, that your body is drinking it in. We need to feed it the best healthiest choices we can. Natural organic skincare is a top choice.
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