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Ageing, another reason to watch what you eat!

Would you like some more free radicals with your lunch…? There is frequent mention these days about ‘free radicals’ and how they are constantly attacking the body, causing potentially serious damage. A free radical is a name for a molecule that has an unpaired electron. They are a normal by-product of metabolism and without them, you would die.

To put the record straight, it’s the over-production of free radicals that causes damage to the body. We are advised by nutritional experts to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. This is because they are rich in antioxidant phytonutrients….substances that neutralise free radicals and so help protect the body.

One of the essential tasks of free radicals is in producing energy from the food you eat. Every time you eat, free radical activity is intense. The more food you eat, the more free radicals are formed….and the more antioxidants your body needs to neutralise them. Big meals are big trouble! Effective Antioxidants include:

  • vitamins A, C, E;
  • minerals such as selenium, zinc, 
  • herbs such as aloe vera and grape-seed extract.

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Carbohydrates and Ageing

Carbohydrates are root vegetables, pasta, rice, bread, grains, fruit, pastries, cakes, biscuits, crisps, sweets etc. They are easy to prepare, filling, tasty and cheap. Most meals are dominated by carbohydrates, as most of us ‘full up’ on them. When you eat carbohydrates you’re eating a form of sugar. Carbohydrates are converted by the body into glucose, which is either used immediately for energy or stored in fat cells.

Carbohydrates make up an excessive proportion of the diet, add together a lack of exercise and excess sugar and the inevitable result is excess weight. By reducing your overall carbohydrate intake and reducing the size of your meals, you reduce your body’s exposure to free radical activity, and, the amount of excess food that gets stored as unwanted fat. A double bonus!

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