Every metabolic process that your body goes through releases free radicals.
Now these little pests are volatile molecules, that need to attach to something to stabilise themselves, and usually what they attach to is healthy tissue.
This starts the inflammatory process, and as more free radicals are released, so they attach to the inflamed area and make the inflammation worse.
Now on your cells you have these little protrusions called insulin receptors, which free radicals LOVE!
So they will attach to these receptors, causing inflammation, and causing the receptors to shut down. If half your insulin receptors on your cells are shut down, you need double the amount of insulin to get glucose into the cells for energy production.
Double insulin means double sugar for half the energy.
So you get an insulin/sugar imbalance starting to establish, and as I keep banging on about – excess sugar in the system, when combined with excess insulin, is stored in the cells as fat.
But add this to body’s stress of trying to deal with an insulin imbalance and you have a cortisol release too.
So not only have you got inflammation, but you also start to store weight around the middle due to the cortisol in your system.
So what is required is the need to switch back on the insulin receptors and reduce the inflammation.
The way to do this is massively increase the amount of antioxidants in your system.
Antioxidants are your saviour!
They have a space on them that the free radicals can attach to, and are flushed out of the system.
With enough antioxidants in your system you can drastically reduce insulin resistance, which is a precursor to type two diabetes.
Antioxidants are the little lovelies that help to slow down the ageing process. Hence the reason they are added to so many skin creams etc.
However, to get any benefit from them you have to consume them (not put them on your skin – another clever little marketing scam that we all buy into!)
So you need to be adding into the diet for optimum health a massive daily dose of antioxidants.
Main foods include strawberries, blueberries and all the dark fruits and veg.
Go out and buy a punnet of blueberries for lunch!