Free Radicals and Weight Loss

Home on the range. Just like everything in the human body, we live in a range. Too little water and we die. Too much water and we drown. We need oxygen to live. But oxygen is also part of what creates what we are now starting to understand as one of the most insidious and dangerous things for our bodies: unstable free radicals.

I always think of them as insurgent terrorists in our bodies, killing things as they go by sometimes seemingly random.

A big component of the obesity problem is the free radical problem. Free radicals in the body can have a really bad effect on cells that they come in contact with. We have known that for sometime. But what does that have to do with weight loss?

Free radicals are “rogue” molecules that rob electrons from other molecules, which in turn become free radicals and “pinball” around the body creating a continuous cycle of damage and destruction to our bodies’ cells, tissue and organs. Think of it as a bad virus in your computer that infects a file and then goes off and does it again and again.

DNA is damaged, cells are destroyed and body processes are disrupted. And now, it is becoming clear that one of the things that happens when fat cells are damaged is they can mutate into fat sticky blobs that form obstructions (or plaque) inside the arterial wall. This is referred to as “hardening of the arteries” or arteriosclerosis.

Have you ever tried to lose weight and not been able to keep it off? Or just not been able to lose enough? Part of that may be free radicals.

So when your doctor said to eat healthier, what they meant was eat more high antioxidant fruits and vegetables. Not just for the lower calories, less fat, lower carbohydrates, etc. But they also instinctively knew that the high antioxidant foods helped with the free radical damage.

The end result of free radical damage are some of today’s obvious health problems. We are overweight, we look terrible, we feel terrible and we are simply less healthy.

Now scientists are telling us that the onslaught of free radicals we take on every day is contributing to a growing waistline.

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Alice Crawford October 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Thank you for your blog.Really thank you! Fantastic.

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