What are Free Radicals?


When we eat, our body goes to work breaking down the food and distributing its nutrients throughout the body via the blood. One of the most sought after nutrients in the food we eat is glucose, a type of sugar that is one of the body’s favorite energy sources. Glucose is absorbed into the blood through the small intestines and travels to all parts of the body. The chemical process of tearing apart glucose to extract its energy is a violent process that generates a good deal of toxic waste. This toxic waste consists of a electrons that have been pulled apart from molecules in this violent process. If these electrons are not cleared away inside the body, they will bounce and slam into other molecules within cells and convert them into toxic substances that can mutate our DNA, causing genetic damage that will harm the body. So getting rid of these excess electrons, or free radicals, is a very important task. One of the main functions of oxygen is to soak up these free radicals. Oxygen acts like a sponge, soaking up these excess electrons. Once soaked up, the body magically transforms them into carbon dioxide and the blood then carries this carbon dioxide to the lungs, where it is released inside the lungs and breathed out into the environment.

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