Does the human body rust?
That may seem like a strange question, but it’s not. The body doesoxidize which means it rusts [for example this oxidation over timeresults in wrinkles]. The body rusts very much like a garden rake or abicycle that is left outside and unprotected from moisture (rain, fog,drizzle). Rust develops because the oxygen in the air combines with themetal on the rake or bicycle. This process is called oxidation.This ‘rusting’ process happens every hour of every day in the humanbody. It does not matter what we do or where we are. Oxidation is arequired to supply the body with energy from the food we eat. However,there are dangerous or harmful effects from oxidation.
Oxygen is Good & Bad
Oxygen is used by the body to supply energy to our cells. But, oxygenis a corrosive gas. A byproduct of this oxidation process is the productionof ‘free radicals’. These ‘free radicals’ can create havoc with all the body’ssystems. Over time our cells’ natural defense system against freeradicals breaks down.Eat, breathe, perform any movement and ‘free radicals’ are formed. Innormal metabolism an oxygen molecule loses an electron to anothermolecule. The oxygen with the missing electron is the ‘free radical’.This molecule is unstable. The unstable molecule attaches itself to astable molecule in search of an electron. The ‘free radical’ steals anelectron from the stable molecule. When the stable molecule losses it’selectron it becomes a ‘free radical’. This process is repeated constantlyand begins a chain reaction that never ends. Ever play PAC-MAN?Remember when the PAC-MAN attacked it removed a piece from yourcharacter. It changed the shape. This is what happens to the individualscells of your body with a free radical is formed. The shape is changed.This change in shape might limit the function of the cell, cause the cell todie or even mutate into a cancer cell.
What does the body do to protect itself?
The body is an amazing instrument. It has built in systems to balancefree radicals. The system is not perfect and the balance can bedisrupted. Once that balance is lost and more free radicals are