by Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.
Brooke Alpert is a well-known nutrition expert. She is also the newest member of the ASEA Science Council and contributor to the ASEA corporate blog. We’re excited for the experience and knowledge Brooke brings to the table. Here is her latest article:
There are many different analogies to describe the importance of cellular health: healthy seeds equal a healthy plant; cells are like the foundation of a house; cells are the roots that keep a tree stable; and so on. But the truth is that our overall health depends on the health of our cells.
Unhealthy cells equal an unhealthy body and vice versa – healthy cells equal a healthy body. That’s the beauty of ASEA, especially of ASEA Redox Supplement, and that’s why I’m so excited to be on board with the ASEA team!
Our cells, for the most part, begin healthy, but then life takes a toll on them and they basically begin to age as we all do, and sometimes at a more accelerated rate. There are multiple ways that our cells become unhealthy and prematurely age, including:
1. Stress. It’s amazing how quickly our bodies react to stress. It fluctuates our hormone levels and raises the levels of inflammation in our body.
2. Sleep. This is another important one. Sleep is the opportunity for your cells to recharge. Without adequate amounts of sleep, your body and its cells miss out on the opportunity to regenerate and repair, which leads to stress and we’re back at number 1!
3. Inflammation. This is a tricky one as so many things can cause inflammation. A poor diet is a big one as so many processed foods and sugars can cause inflammation in the body, which eventually degrade cell health.
4. Poor diet. As I said in number 3, a poor diet can lead to inflammation. This inflammation can do everything from cause heart disease to cause certain cancers. A poor diet that’s low in healthy produce like fruits and vegetables will also be low in antioxidants, which are necessary to protect our cells from basically everything on this list.
5. Free radicals. This is a term that’s thrown around often but many people don’t actually know what it means. To spare you the physiology/chemistry course here, they basically are created in the body when a weak bond between two atoms breaks apart. They come from damaged or weak cells and go on to attack other cells in the body. This can happen because of any of the above-mentioned or even from pollution, cigarettes, herbicides, or radiation.
So basically tons of normal everyday living can affect the health of our cells, depressing isn’t it? But just as easy as it is to degrade our cells, we can help protect and rebuild cells with a few simple steps.
1. Follow a diet low in sugar. Sugar wreaks havoc on the immune system, organs, skin and of course cells. Too much sugar in the body is a major cause of inflammation. Extra sugar in the blood stream actually damages your cells. Watch out for added sugars– always read the ingredient labels to see if any sugar has been added.
2. Eat a rainbow. A good rule of thumb is that if the food is colorful, and not from a box, then it is high in antioxidants. Opt for colorful and deeply pigmented fruits and vegetables at every single meal, and your body will be ingesting tons of antioxidants that will help protect your cells from damage.
3. Hydrate. Our bodies are more than half water, so when we get dehydrated, our cells end up taking a beating. Most people are living in a perpetual state of dehydration, which leads to fatigue, headaches, and overeating, not to mention wrecking your skin. Use a large refillable water bottle and aim for at least 1.5 liters per day!
4. Minimize your exposure to plastics and BPA. The chemicals found in canned goods and certain plastics, especially Bisphenol-A, are dangerous to your cells and can cause cellular damage. Opt for reusable water bottles and don’t microwave food in plastic containers.
5. Take care of yourself. As mentioned earlier, stress and lack of sleep can do damage to your body and of course your cells. Taking time for yourself, exercising, sleeping and seated meals away from a desk are just some simple ways to help heal your body. Take it a few steps further and limit your screen time, do mindful breathing or meditation or perhaps some yoga, and your body will begin to help heal its own cells naturally.
6. Supplement wisely. ASEA Redox Supplement is a great way to keep your cells healthy. Using its breakthrough technology, it is able to enhance cellular functioning and significantly boost your overall health! That is support your body and your cells could definitely benefit from!
While it is super easy to damage cells, it only takes a few steps to get on the right track to help repair our cells and our cell health. I find it important, regardless of what analogy one uses, to remember just how important it is to take care of your body starting at the cellular level. ASEA Redox Supplement makes that really easy to do. It’s the only way to create a true proper foundation for a healthy self.
What steps do you think you can improve on? Which ones would be the hardest for you to change?