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In my previous post regarding optimal Health I have discussed the dangers of side effects from medical prescriptions, the importance of regular chiropractic care, and the importance of eating right. In this post I will briefly discuss the importance of nutritional supplements.
We are all exposed to contaminants and pollution through the air we breath, the foods we eat and the water we drink. This exposure to pollution increases the free radicals in our bodies.
All atoms, with exception of free radicals, have an even number of electrons. Free radicals are atoms with an odd number or an unpaired electron. These are very unstable and are always trying to steal an electron from another atom. The atoms that make up our cells are bombarded thousands of times daily by these free radicals. This constant bombardment causes mutagenic damage to the DNA in these cells. When these cells duplicate their daughter cells are abnormal (cancer). Atoms are the building blocks of molecules and molecules are the building blocks cells. Cells are the building blocks for our tissues and our tissues are the building blocks of our organs and our organs of our systems. If the atoms are abnormal the molecules and cells are abnormal, the tissues, organs and systems they make up can not be normal. This is the cause or most of the degenerative diseases and cancers we are familiar with.
The best way to counter act the potential damage from free radicals is to eat foods that are high in antioxidants and supplement with a high quality antioxidant.
This leads to another question I frequently get is “What is the best supplement I can take?”
It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway, that the best way to receive vitamins and minerals is through the food we eat. Unfortunately we Americans eat way too much highly processed foods that contain virtually no vitamins or nutrients, only empty calories.
In my opinion there are many high quality supplements available on the market. In my office I recommend to my patients to take a multivitamin with essential minerals. Along with the multi I also recommend a high antioxidant such as SAXI from DrinkACT. SAXI contains New Zealand Black Currant, Mangosteen, Pomegranate, Acai, Elderberry, and Maqui (the highest antioxidant fruit discovered) all in a Aloe Vera base. Click here to compare leading antioxidants.
The multi with essential minerals will provide your body with the vitamins and minerals you need that the foods we eat may be lacking. Many of the foods we buy at the grocery store are lacking essential vitamins and minerals mainly because they are highly processed to improve appearance and shelf life.
Most degenerative disorders and diseases are proceeded by chronic inflammation. The “Harvard Health Letter” in April, 2006 states that chronic inflammation may be the common factor in many diseases. Leading many if not most researchers to believe that if you can prevent the inflammation you can prevent the disease.
Many leading scientist have stated that drinking a small amount of high antioxidant beverages will have a positive effect in terms of cancer prevention.
Inflammatory diseases such as: irritable bowl, crohns, rheumatoid arthritis, and skin rashes like eczema, psoriasis and many others respond very well to high antioxidant and high anti-inflammatory supplements.
There are no shortcuts for achieving optimal health.
In my nest post I will discuss the importance of regular exercise in your optimal health.
For more information visit: Kolarik Family Chiropractic
Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest, South Carolina and provides affordable family plans.