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Workshop on Antioxidants


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This is a presentation we gave to the Gardens Club members sometime in July this year. We\'ve now uploaded the presentation to our page so that you can also learn more about antioxidants, and Ecoparadise therapy. Do feel free to ask us any questions you may have. Enjoy!

Workshop on Antioxidants

  1. 1. ANTIOXIDANTS AND YOUR HEALTH<br />A SPECIAL WORKSHOP FOR GARDENS CLUB MEMBERS<br /> Date : 21 JUNE 2011<br />Relax. Revitalize. Rejuvenate<br />
  2. 2. THE AGENDA TODAY<br />Introduction <br />About free radicals and antioxidants<br />The oxidation process<br />Effects of oxidative stress<br />Sources of antioxidants<br />The Ecoparadise solution <br />Demonstration: Capillaroscopy and its indications of health <br />
  3. 3. WHAT IS YOUR LIFESTYLE LIKE?<br />PAST<br />PRESENT<br /><ul><li>Hectic
  4. 4. High stress
  5. 5. Little time for exercise/relaxation
  6. 6. Exposed to higher environmental pollution andtoxins in food
  7. 7. Increasing number of chronic and viral diseases
  8. 8. Higher likelihood of cancer
  9. 9. Simpler lifestyle
  10. 10. Less stress
  11. 11. More time for self and family
  12. 12. Less pollution and toxins in food and environment
  13. 13. Less number of viral diseases </li></ul>WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO US? <br />DO WE NEED TO REEXAMINE OUR LIVES?<br />
  14. 14. IS YOUR LIFESTYLE KILLING YOU?<br />HIGHER STRESS<br />UNHEALTHY HABITS<br />POLLUTED ENVIRONMENT<br /><ul><li>Can translate into physical, emotional, behavioral, cognitive problems – there are too many to list!
  15. 15. Leads to production of higher amounts of cell damaging free radicals
  16. 16. Less exercise leads to fitness deterioration
  17. 17. Unhealthy diet creates a myriad of problems – you are what you eat!
  18. 18. More chemicals in food and the environment increases chances of developing diseases
  19. 19. Exposure to more free radicals in the environment</li></ul>Did you know…<br /><ul><li>In 1996, 26% of Malaysians were considered obese.
  20. 20. In 2006, this number almost doubled!
  21. 21. c.14% of Malaysians are diabetic</li></ul>Common modern health problems include high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, various skin problems, immunity problems etc.<br />This is a key part of our discussion today<br />Source: Various, MOHE<br />
  22. 22. ABOUT FREE RADICALS <br />Sources of free radicals<br />Did you know? <br />Free radicals are highly unstable, reactive molecules with unpaired electrons in the outer shell<br />Free radicals tend to “steal” electrons from other stable molecules, and are thus known as a type of oxidising agent <br />Fighting infections<br />Environment…<br />..and our own bodies<br />metabolic process<br />
  23. 23. THE OXIDATION PROCESS<br />The oxidation process is where a stable molecule loses at least one electron to another<br />Compound B<br />Compound A<br />Unstable molecule (oxidised)<br />Stable molecule<br />e-<br />e-<br />e-<br />Stable molecule (reduced)<br />Unstable molecule <br />Free radical<br />Free radical<br />e-<br />e-<br />e-<br />
  24. 24. THE OXIDATION PROCESS<br />The oxidation process is a natural and necessary process that is part of life<br />Natural<br />Natural process in the body and environment that causes cells or objects to decay and age<br /><ul><li>Necessary process for life (to gain energy from food)
  25. 25. Also for combustion, and respiration
  26. 26. The body uses the oxidation process to kill bacteria and break down damaged tissue </li></ul>Necessary<br />
  27. 27. THE OXIDATION PROCESS<br />However, uncontrolled oxidation can be damaging to our body and environment<br />EXAMPLES<br />Cancer<br />Premature aging<br />Degenerative diseases<br />Cardiovascular diseases<br />
  28. 28. THE EFFECTS OF OXIDATIVE STRESS<br />Our body’s natural antioxidant system is built to combat free radicals created from natural biological functions <br />Free radicals<br />Antioxidant system<br />Oxidative stress balance<br />
  29. 29. THE EFFECTS OF OXIDATIVE STRESS<br />Formed when cells come under high free radical attack<br />Our body’s inbuilt natural antioxidant system is available to combat free radicals created from natural biological functions <br />Reactive oxygen species (ROS)<br />Antioxidant system<br />However, it is the EXTERNAL free radicals / ROS that we need help in fighting!<br />Oxidative stress balance<br />
  30. 30. THE EFFECTS OF OXIDATIVE STRESS: Organ deterioration<br />Oxidative stress can have a high impact on our organs<br />Lungs <br />Brain<br />Eyes<br />Heart<br />Reproductive organs<br />Continually exposed to high ROS because of continuous exposure to high amounts of oxygen<br />Lungs<br />Susceptible to high ROS because of continuous high metabolic activity and low levels of endogenous antioxidants <br />Brain<br />Susceptible to high ROS because of exposure to UV light. May result in eye inflammation effects e.g. cataract<br />Eyes<br />Heart<br />Exposed to high ROS because of exposure to oxygen and overall activity<br />Reproductive organs<br />ROS produced in both male and female reproductive organs, and research has shown it can cause endometriosis and infertility<br />
  32. 32. THE EFFECTS OF OXIDATIVE STRESS: Premature ageing<br />Oxidative stress is also thought to be a major cause of accelerated ageing<br />The free radical theory of aging explains that skin ages because skin cells accumulate free radicals over time<br />“If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.“<br />Eubie Blake, American musician who lived well into his 90’s<br />The parts of our cells damaged by free radicals are DNA, lipids, and proteins that makeup the cellular structures in the body, slowing down the production of collagen and elastin<br />smoking<br />Over exposure to sun<br />stress<br />pollution<br />
  33. 33. THE EFFECTS OF OXIDATIVE STRESS: Premature ageing<br />Lindsay Lohan’s photo…without Photoshop! <br />Pigmentation spots<br />Deep forehead wrinkles<br />Eye bags and fine lines<br />Source:<br />
  34. 34. WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS<br />e<br />Did you know? <br /><ul><li>A molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules
  35. 35. Donates electrons to free radicals
  36. 36. Stable before and after donating electron</li></ul>e<br />Antioxidant becomes oxidized but remains stable<br />e<br />e<br />Antioxidant<br />e<br />e<br />e<br />e<br />e<br />Free radical is stabilised<br />e<br />e<br />e<br />e<br />e<br />e<br />e<br />e<br />Free radical<br />e<br />e<br />e<br />Donation of electron<br />e<br />e<br />e<br />e<br />
  37. 37. THE BENEFITS OF ANTIOXIDANTS<br />Prevention of various diseases<br />Prevention of ageing<br />Anti - oxidation<br />Improved metabolic rate<br />Improved blood circulation<br />
  38. 38. SOURCES OF ANTIOXIDANTS<br />Antioxidants can typically be found in various dietary sources<br /><ul><li>Vitamin C
  39. 39. Vitamin E
  40. 40. Beta Carotene
  41. 41. Selenium
  42. 42. Grape Seed Extract
  43. 43. Alpha-Lipolic Acid</li></li></ul><li>SOURCES OF ANTIOXIDANTS<br />They can also be found in the natural environment<br />RAINFORESTS<br />THE DEAD SEA<br />WATERFALLS<br />
  44. 44. SOURCES OF ANTIOXIDANTS<br />Compare the amount of food, water and air ingested everyday:<br />Did you know? <br /><ul><li>Usually, the amount of antioxidants absorbed through the “normal” process from our body is insufficient</li></ul>1-2 kg of food<br />1-2 liters of water<br />17-30kg of air<br />Given that we taken in almost 10x as much air as we eat or drink, it can therefore be surmised that the main source of free radicals would also come from our environment<br />
  45. 45. THE ECOPARADISE SOLUTION<br />ANTIOXIDANTS…IN THE AIR!<br />41oC - 43oC<br />Humidity Level 20%-30%<br />
  46. 46. HOW IT WORKS<br />Customers lie in our special spa rooms, rich in negative ions<br />Our special “hot-beds” provide soothing relief for tired limbs and aching muscles<br />Customers absorb the negative ions through skin and lungs<br />
  47. 47. THE BENEFITS OF ECOPARADISE THERAPY<br />SHORT TERM<br />LONG TERM<br />Increase in energy levels<br />Higher metabolism rate<br />Mood alleviation and improvement in sleep<br />Some research indicates that antioxidants help the release of serotonin into the blood, which is converted to melatonin, thus helping us sleep better<br />Weight loss<br />Higher metabolic rate helps weight loss<br />Better complexion<br />Clearing toxins through the skin<br />Stronger immune system <br />Antioxidants stimulate defense cells in our body<br />Anti ageing properties<br />Improvement in overall health levels<br />
  48. 48. EXAMPLES OF FOOD IN AN ANTIOXIDANT ENVIRONMENT<br />After One Week<br />More Then One Year<br />After 3 weeks<br />
  50. 50. Thank You<br />