Antioxidant vs. Oxidant: What’s the Difference?
AN AGE-OLD CONVERSATION
It’s a battle that has raged since the beginning of man: antioxidants vs oxidants. So, what’s the difference? And are these two competing microorganisms really foes, or are they in fact friends? In this article, we will look at the benefits of hydrogen-enriched water.
WHAT ARE OXIDANTS?
Oxidants are the little fires that are produced when you are exposed to emotional or environmental stresses. Some emotional and environmental stresses includes:
- Poor diet
- Exposure to toxins
Excess oxidants damage and can destroy cell structures and tissue, which leads to oxidative stress and accelerated aging oxidants that affect every part of your skin.
WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS?
Our greatest defense against oxidants is antioxidants. Antioxidants are the water that puts out the oxidant fires. Antioxidants work to fight against free radicals who play a role in the development of a number of diseases, including heart disease.
We can get oxidants from vitamin C, fruits, vegetables, whole foods, green tea, turmeric, blueberries, cacao, goji berries, grape seed extract, beta carotene, and vitamin E.
Of all the oxygen we breathe in, 2% turns into “bad oxygen,” scientifically known as free radicals. These free radicals can be converted into good oxygen when antioxidants come into contact with them and give them an electric charge. Without antioxidants, the free radicals scavenge our cells for electrons, damaging and destroying them in a process known as oxidation. The more we age, the more antioxidants we need as our body’s generation of antioxidant enzymes begins to decline.
OXIDATIVE STRESS AND INFLAMMATION
Oxidative stress and inflammation is the leading cause of disease. We call diseases by the part of the body they affect, for example: cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and chronic inflammation. However, the source behind these diseases is oxidative stress.
Essentially, oxidative stress is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and our body’s ability to detoxify their harmful effects through the neutralization effect of antioxidants. While short-term oxidative stress is a normal bodily response, long-term oxidative stress leads to a plethora of diseases.
DOES HYDROGEN WATER HAVE ANTIOXIDANT BENEFITS?
Hydrogen water acts as a therapeutic antioxidant by inducing antioxidative enzymes and reducing cytotoxic oxygen radicals. (1) It has been proven to:
- Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation by neutralizing free radicals
- Improve energy levels by increasing mitochondrial function (ATP)
- Lower sugar cravings by neutralizing the hydroxyl radical
- Increase cognitive function
- Prevent age-related learning and memory impairments
- Repair gut and immune function and support the growth of good gut bacteria
- Prevent pathology by acting as a neuroprotective and increasing gut and immune function
- Normalize blood glucose levels
- Promote homeostasis in the body
- Stimulate gastric ghrelin secretions, which benefit sleep, motor skills, and neurological issues like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, ADD, and ADHD
Your gut houses 70-80% of your immune system. The gut acts as a hydrogen generator that is designed to create 10 to 12 liters of hydrogen per day. So what would stop the gut from doing that? By not eating the right foods, not getting enough exercise, consuming food with pesticides in it, putting our bodies under sleep deprivation, etc., the gut may become damaged, leading to a deficiency of hydrogen. Hydrogen water puts back the missing hydrogen to restore your gut and promote the growth of good bacteria.
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