Archive for July, 2008

Free radicals are atoms or molecules with unpaired electrons. Once formed, these highly reactive radicals may cause damage to cells, organelles, and DNA. Antioxidants are molecules that can safely interact with free radicals and terminate their reactive behavior before vital cellular components are harmed. The body cannot manufacture many antioxidants (including micronutrients like vitamin C), so they must be supplied by the diet.

ANTIOXIDANTS TUTORIAL, PART 1: What are antioxidants?

Free radicals (pro-oxidants) are atoms or molecules with unpaired electrons. These highly reactive substances can be formed in a number of ways, and once formed they may use their reactivity to damage important cellular components – such as the cell membrane – or macromolecules like DNA. This damage can lead to mutation, impaired function, and even cell death. To minimize potential damage from free radicals, the body utilizes a defense system of antioxidants.

Antioxidants are molecules that can safely interact with free radicals and terminate their reactivity before vital cellular components are damaged. Although there are several enzyme systems within the body that scavenge free radicals, the principle micronutrient (vitamin/mineral) antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and selenium. The body cannot manufacture these micronutrients, so they must be acquired by diet. In addition, there are many plant-derived nutrients (phytonutrients) that can act as powerful antioxidants in the human body.

It is impossible to completely avoid damage from free radicals. Free radicals arise from sources both inside (endogenous) and outside (exogenous) our bodies. Oxidants that develop from processes within our bodies form as a result of normal breathing, metabolism, and inflammation. Exogenous free radicals form from environmental factors such as pollution, sunlight, strenuous exercise, smoking, and alcohol. Unfortunately, no antioxidant system is perfect, so cells and DNA damaged by oxidation accumulate as we age.


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Preaching in South Africa

Our 19 year old came home from a weekend away in February and announced that she had sorted her life out.  She had decided to be baptised into the saving name of Jesus Christ, go to college (and picked the course) and she was going to South Africa on a mission in July!

We are not talking about an outgoing confident child here, but someone who is shy and insecure.  She realised she needed to get out of her comfort zone, so she did!  She has posted some lovely pics on FB and written us a long email (only 1!)  We have missed her and can’t wait for her to come home (for a week before she moves out) next weekend.

This pic  sums up our faith, and why she is in South Africa right now:

Click on the pic so you can read it!

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We had some pallets kicking around the garden, I wanted to clear the mess, and I wanted more space for veggie growing, but all the beds were full of weeds!

So, I took one of these:

Cut it into smaller ‘planks’ each having 3 individual planks attached to the big chunky bits, by cutting through the big chunky bits.

I used one ‘plank as the base, and the other two for the sides by screwing from the bottom.  To keep the structure rigid I cut 4 pieces of waste timber the same width as the finished planter and nailed them to the sides, two each side.

I kept the chunky bits for feet, rigidity and to make two definate spaces inside the planter for support of pots or bags.

Painted blue they took me an hour each.  One supports top heavy garden centre grown veg plants, the other has compost sacks in.  I planted up one with peas, the other with beans.  It may be too late for a crop this year, but lets see………

I used Cuprinol garden shades in a dark blue that I really don’t like much.  I added 100% white masonary paint which took the colour down a bit, but it is still a bit ‘blue for me.  I will probably whitewash them to take the colour down even further later in the summer.

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When you look at a wonderful wood fireplace it usually burns just fine. However, occasionally a spark or hot cinder shoots and burns a little hole in your carpet. Over the months and years, you will have a damaged carpet in front of your fireplace. Look at the fireplace as the furnace of your cell and the hot cinders as free radicals. Your carpet is your body. Whatever part of your body wears out first is the type of disease you will develop. If it is your brain, you could get Alzheimer’s dementia or Parkinson’s disease. If it is your eyes, you could develop a cataract or macular degeneration. If it is your arteries, you could develop a heart attack or stroke. 
You are not defenseless against this process. Antioxidants are like the fine wire mesh or glass doors you place in front of your fireplace. The sparks are still going to fly; however, your carpet—your body—is protected. This is the key. To protect your body, you want enough antioxidants on board to handle the number of free radicals you produce.   The best way to achieve this goal is to take high-quality, complete and balanced nutritional supplements.

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Cransley Hotel

We had our annual USANA UK convention in Bournemouth again this year.  It was a great time to meet up with my team and others in the UK getting the message of true health and true wealth out  there

This is my site, take a peek!

We stayed in a lovely little hotel on the Knyverton road.  You know how you look at photos on a hotel website and they look lovely, but when you get there you can see that they were being rather selective and the place doesn’t really match up to your expectations?  Well, not like that with this site and hotel, it was just as lovely as the pictures.

At breafast each morning we were greeted by name and served our individual choices freshly bought and cooked each day.  There was beautiful clasical music playing downstairs all day which was very relaxing and added to the feel of the place.

This is a place I will return to time and time again.

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