We are without question living in a highly industrialized environment. Various pollutants of many sources propel free radicals into the air that we breathe. We inhale these toxins into our lungs and many of these free radicals find their way onto our skin. Not only do we inhale these pollutants, toxins and free radicals, we collect various airborne viruses, fungi and bacteria onto our hands and faces just being outside in a industrialised environment.
Not only is the physical environment responsible for creating free radicals harmful and dangerous to man and animal, man and animal are their own natural producers of free radicals.
Whatever the cause or origin of free radicals are in the physical environment we live in, or the free radicals generated by the human or animal body, free radicals are part and parcel of personal health care and all people should be aware off.
Free radicals have a profound negative effect on human and animal health. Only sound knowledge of what free radicals are, will enable a person to protect him or herself from the harmful effects of free radicals.
In skin care, dealing with free radicals, it is all about effective preventative care.
Preventative skin care will support the growth factors in the and keep the skin vibrant and alive. It will also enable the little engines in the skin cell that support health and growth, to function optimal. Skin renewal is all about supporting the telomeres in each and every cell. Healthy telomeres will support cell longevity and cell rejuvenation abilities.
External Free Radicals.
There are many external sources of free radicals. It is a subject well published. Here are a few that could be studied in own time with their harmful effects.
- Industrial manufacturing smoke
- chemical evaporation of industrial solvents
- petro-chemical gasses
- certain drugs
- heavy metal deposits in dams, rivers and the sea.
Internal Free Radicals
Equally to external free radicals, there are many free radicals generated by man and animal by their mere existence. Such an example is breathing.
Breathing turns oxygen into carbon dioxide or CO², which is also a free radical. One generated internally. This production of free radicals is known as “Oxidation,” and obvious, with its origin in the respiratory chain of anything that breathes.
Breathing provides necessary oxygen to each and every living cell.
All living cells which do not receive the required amount of oxygen, will struggle in all aspects of its survival and functionality. Any living cell deprived of oxygen will starve as well as not being able to keep the skin healthy, promotes cell growth and or be functional in cell replacement or rejuvenation.
A second source of free radical production is the waste generated from using minerals, vitamins, amino acids and sugars. A healthy cell needs shed one-use waste effectively back into the bloodstream, back to the liver to deal with the self-generated waste or free radicals.
Free radicals are part and part of the system. Cells are in constant need of food and oxygen. All living organisms have a disposal system or an “exhausts” of sorts. Waste needs to be filtered into the blood stream, to be dealt with by the kidneys, lungs, liver, lymphatic system etc.,
- The human body is composed of many different types of cells.
- These cells are invented with various different types of molecules.
- Molecules consist of one or more atoms
- Of one or more elements
- These elements are joined by chemical bonds or reactions.
A chemical bond is the attraction between atoms that enables the formation of chemical compounds such as water.
- Atoms, as Fig 2 will indicate, consist of a nucleus, neutrons, protons and electrons.
- An atom is known as the basic unit of a chemical element.
- Every solid, every liquid, gas and or plasma is composed of neutral or ionised atoms.
- Every atom is composed of a nucleus and one or more electrons bound to the nucleus.
- The nucleus is made of one or more protons and typically, a similar number of neutrons.
- Protons and neutrons are called nucleons. More than 99.94% of an atom’s mass is in the nucleus.
- The protons have a positive electrical charge, the electrons have a negative electric charge, and the neutrons have no electric charge.
The number of protons in the atom nucleus, (also known as positively charged particles) determines the number of electrons (negatively charged particles) surrounding the atom.
- Electrons are involved in chemical reactions.
- It is the substance that bonds atoms together to form molecules.
- The bond may result from the electrostatic force of attraction between oppositely charged ions, as in ionic bonds, or through the sharing of electrons as in covalent bonds.
- Opposite charges attract via a simple electromagnetic force.
- The negatively charged electrons orbit the nucleus
- The positively charged protons in the nucleus, attract the negatively charged electrons that orbits the nucleus.
How Free Radicals Are Formed
- Electron, or the bond between molecules, seldom split in a way that leaves a molecule with an unpaired electron.
- It is only when a weak bond split, where free radicals are formed.
- Free radicals are unstable molecules, formed from weak bonds
- It is a molecule in search of completeness, therefore reacts rapidly with other compounds.
- It is the nature of free radicals to capture the wanted electron to gain stability.
- Free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron.
- When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself
- This cause a chain reaction between molecules of stealing available electrons.
- Once this process of stealing electrons from other molecule starts, it most often ends in the death of a cell.
- In skin care, the rapid aging of a living cell.
- Many free radicals are generated by the body itself, because we breathe and we eat.
- The immune system itself purposefully create free radicals to neutralize viruses and bacteria.
There are three sources of free radical production;
- The living body of man and animal will generate free radicals by mere existence.
- Nature herself provide a number free radicals in bacteria, viruses and fungi
- The industrialized world produces a number of harmful free radicals traced in soil or food production, in our rivers, the air that we breathe, the food sources we have in the sea.
Living Organisms and Free Radicals
When all is equal, the human body and the immune system should be able to successfully manage and dispose the free radicals. But, to eliminate these free radicals successfully, the body needs antioxidants to eliminate these harmful molecules.
Of particular importance to note that free radical damage accumulates with age.
Free radicals will accumulate in many places of the body. If the accumulation thereof is not dealt with appropriately, those free radicals will cause illness or damage to cell structures, cell proteins, DNA, and cell membranes by stealing their electrons through “Oxidation”
Free Radicals are therefore associated with;
- Cellular and organ damage
- Early ageing
- Decreased immune system
- Collagen weakening or connective tissue weakening and wrinkle forming
- Artery wall degeneration
- Cholesterol plague build up
- Reduction of blood flow to all cells, brain and other organs
- Blood clots
- Stress on the hearts functionality because of damage cells
- Various chronic diseases
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Impaired vision and cataracts
- Inflammatory diseases and joint pains
- Grey hair
- Cardiovascular diseases
Note: it is in health and skin care important to note that the body is under constant attack from various “Oxidative stress”.
- “Oxidative stress is something that happens naturally inside our cells as these cells use oxygen turning into carbon dioxide, food and mineral sources turning into waste.”
- The human body is made up of trillions of cells.
- Inside each and every cell (except red blood cells) is a tiny “engine” called a mitochondrion.
- The mitochondria create the energy your bodies use to function, to be awake, to sleep, to digest, to think, to breathe.
- All body functions are dependent on the health of the mitochondrion
- In all health care, every little cell that has a function towards health.
- Mitochondria produce oxidative stress.
- Living cell needs to get rid of used food waste, toxins generated, carbon dioxide as well as harvested bacteria, viruses and fungi
- Many organs in the body plays a vital role in getting rid of these oxidative waste products in their normal functioning.
- Study the functions of the lungs, the liver, kidneys, lymph and the digestive system, etc.,
See these by-products as in a motor vehicle “engine” analogy. It running engine needs to get rid of its “oxidative stresses” and by-products. All engines need an exhaust to do so and so does living cells to.
Oxidative stress is associated with the damage of proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. Free radicals are known to damage the cell’s DNA instructional code, causing new cells provided by the immune system to grow erroneously whilst leading to the early aging of the skin
If the body, with its immune system do not have enough “anti-oxidants” to assist functional cells with their natural detoxing processes, the accumulation of free radicals will ensure that the cell’s exhaust will block. Blockage will lead to a dysfunctional mitochondrion, a decrease in cell energy production, the starvation of cells, etc.
Various studies have connected oxidative stress by free radicals also to:
- central nervous system diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s
- cardiovascular disease due to clogged arteries
- autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer
- cataracts and age-related vision decline
- age-related changes in appearance, such as loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles, greying hair, hair loss, and changes in hair texture
- genetic degenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s
- many skin problems as in sores, wounds, acne, in wrinkles, in skin thinning and or thickening, can be associated with skin cells in a dysfunctional state.
Preventative skin care is therefore critical matter of knowledge.
Pierre @ Natural Health Facial mask, anti-oxidant cream and colostrum Balm
It makes sense to focus on the mitochondria or little engine of facial skin cell in facial skin care. The mitochondria are tiny organelles in cells that process the nutrients to power the cell.
Pierre van Niekerk
To assist the mitochondria and the telomeres into maximal functioning, the harvesting excessive free radicals naturally (remember they have a positive electrical charge) through electromagnetic means, whilst these free radicals are in search for another electron, makes perfectly sense.
Free radicals, as said, are positively charged. The Pierre@ Natural health bentonite blend of clay are negatively charged. This blend of negatively charged clay will act as a highly charged magnet, absorbing the positively charged free radicals naturally into the clay blend. It will naturally “detox” the affected area where free radicals did accumulate, place needed natural sodium and calcium back into the cells that the cell engine or mitochondria need.
The question should be asked why this method?
Let us have a look at the function of Antioxidants and their natural reaction to known free radicals
- Antioxidants, as in the Pierre@ Natural Health blend of clay, are blend to keep accumulated free radicals on the skin in check.
- Antioxidants are molecules in the clay prevent free radicals accumulated on the skin from taking electrons and causing further skin damage and destruction.
- Antioxidants in the cream are a blend of vitamins and related molecules that prevent free radicals from taking electrons from skin cells disturbing cell functioning and causing damage.
- Antioxidants are able to give an electron to a free radical, without becoming destabilized themselves, thus stopping a free radical chain reaction as explained.
- Antioxidants are natural substances who are used and contracted to clean up and harvest free radicals.
- Fibre in the intestines are used to clean up waste products in the intestines. Antioxidants in the same token are used to clean up free radical in the cells.
- Free radical chain reaction can lead to broken cell membranes which means it can alter what enters and what exits the cells
- Free radicals are able to change the structure of a lipid, making it more likely to become trapped in an artery.
- Damaged molecules may mutate and grow tumours
- The cascading damage of free radicals are also able to change the DNA code of a cell.
Skin cell care
Feed the cells with the Pierre@ Natural Colostrum Balm. Colostrum is Nature’s own food, well known and proven to regrow and revitalise skin cells. Also known that it will stimulate and enhance natural cell growth. Colostrum will feed and stimulate the telomeres in the cells, repair the DNA to rejuvenate the skin and natural cell functions.
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Internal Free Radical Care
We are what we eat. We need to assist our skin, the biggest organ of the body, with what we eat. We also need to get rid of the free radicals our bodies produce naturally. External skin care is not merely enough.