CHECK YOUR ELECTRON BALANCE
Well, we made it another year. Every new year starts with resolutions. What are we going to do or change to make this year a better year than last? Most people want to lose weight and make more money. Those are always the most popular new years resolutions and most people fail.
This year let me propose something different. Rather than checking your scale or checking your bank account, check your electron balance and try to deposit more electrons in your body. This will transform your life and give you the energy and drive you need to achieve your goals and keep your resolutions. I just returned from a trip to a Blue Zone in Costa Rica. As I was there I had an epiphany that everything about the environment and the way of life was providing an endless source of electrons.
This may sound scientific and complicated but stick with me. In fact this may bring back nightmares of chemistry class for some of you. As a biochemist, we must pay attention to electrons. Electrons are negatively charged particles that surround specific atoms.
The Flow of Electrons
Remember the periodic table of the elements? Each element is arranged in columns based on their electrons. An atom is the smallest unit of any given element and atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons. The flow of electrons is how biochemical reactions occur. The flow of electrons is what provide current and electrical flow. The word ʺelectric“ comes from electrons and since we are electrical beings, hopefully you can begin to see the importance of your electron balance.
As a practical example, batteries work by providing a circuit connected to a positive and negative terminal through which electrons flow. When the battery exhaust all the electrons in the system or there is no longer an electrical potential between the positive and negative terminals for electrons to flow, there is no current and the battery is dead.
We all get anxious when we see our smart phone battery turn red and it alerts us to go plug it in and charge it. Our bodies are the same. We may not have an actual red light that comes on to remind us to charge, but the proverbial red light is what we call symptoms or disease. If we don’t pay attention and work to fix the problem and recharge, we die. In fact death is diagnosed by all loss of electrical activity, either by EKG or EEG. In other words our batteries die and we die. Hopefully you can begin to appreciate electrons now.
Most of you will understand the concept of oxidative stress and in fact, many of you probably take some sort of anti-oxidant as a supplement. Antioxidant means to combat oxidation. A chemical reaction that involves the transfer of an electron is classified as an oxidation-reduction reaction or Redox reaction.
Oxidation is the process of losing electrons, while reduction is the process of gaining electrons. Any chemical that causes another chemical to lose electrons (become oxidized) is called an oxidizing agent. Rusting of metal is oxidation. Spoilage of food is oxidation. Disease processes involve oxidation of certain biomolecules. In order to reduce the oxidized molecules in the human body, we must have a source of electrons and the cell must be able to maintain an electrical potential for electrons to flow.
Our Mitchondria Can Make Energy
Enough of the complex science. What does this mean for you and your health? It means that if you can continously give your body electrons and maintain an electrical potential across the cell membranes, then your body can continue to do its job. The bichemical reactions that occur to keep you alive can proceed. Our mitchondria can make energy, our cells can make nitric oxide and many other important reactions can occur. In order for the cells to make nitric oxide, this requires 5-electrons each time the cell makes nitric oxide and this is a single reaction in a single cell.
It takes 4 electrons to make one molecule of ATP, the energy currency of the cell. When a molecule donates an electron, it becomes oxidized and must be able to receive an electron from somewhere else in order to continuously do its job and for the cell to function properly.
This is no different in paying your bills. We work, we receive money. We use that money to pay our bills. If we don’t continue to earn money, we can no longer pay our bills the next month and we can’t continue with our way of life. Consider electrons your body’s currency. If you don’t continuously deposit electrons in your body, you become broke and poor in health. This may be way to deep in the science but I think it is important you understand the concept here so when I make recommendations you can see there is an actual scientific foundation for what some may interpret as silly.
So how do we get electrons and how do we prevent the unneccessary loss of electrons?
- Walk barefoot outside everyday or simply sit on the ground. The earth is an endless supply of electrons. This is referred to as grounding. When we have actual physical contact with the earth, electrons can flow into our body.
- Swim or sit in the ocean or rivers where there is moving water. Moving water provides electrons. It is even more therapeutic if there are natural minerals and nutrients in the water such as in hot springs and in the ocean. Lakes and ponds where the water is static does not provide any electrons but rather will steal electrons from your body. The most effecient and effective strategy would be to walk barefoot along the surg along the ocean where the moving water makes contact with your feet and ankles. That is why a weekend at the ocean is therapeutic and allows you to recharge.
- Make contact with living things. You’ve heard the term tree hugger. There is actually some merit to that. Living trees can provide a source of electrons. If you sit outside, sit up against a tree with your bare feet on the ground. Your pets can provide electrons as long as they are healthy. Your spouse and other humans can be a source of electrons. The chemistry between people is real. You all know people who can suck the life out of a room. These people are electron stealers. We all know people who can light up a room and energize a room. These people are electron donors. Stay away from the negative people that steal your electrons. We all know who these people are.
- Eat good, clean food free of any chemicals and stay away from prescription drugs. Processed food and synthetic drugs rob the body of electrons and make us sick.
- Make sure your body can produce nitric oxide. When nitric oxide is produced, it carries with it an extra electron that it can donate to other biomolecules and acts as an electron donor. As long as we can give the body nitric oxide and our body can produce nitric oxide, we are continously depositing electrons into our body’s currency.
Pay attention to your body and when your proverbial red light comes on, go recharge and get some electrons. When you vacation, go to places where you can recharge. Visit the ocean, go to the blue zones, go out in nature. These are all things we can do that really don’t cost much money. There are also devices out there that can recharge your cells.
One of my favorites is the Tennant biomodulator from Senergy Wellness Group that I use every few days to help recharge when I sense my red light coming on. When I was in Costa Rica I felt completely recharged and I could sense the energy surrounding me. I routinely visit the ocean, I walk barefoot daily, I take nitric oxide, my body produces nitric oxide and I have not lost a day of work due to illness in over 20 years. I can’t say that I am a tree hugger but I seek out electrons from other sources. I avoid negative people and remove them from my life. I keep active accounting of my electron balance and I would encourage anyone reading this to also keep active accounting. Your body will thank you for it.
Dr. Nathan S. Bryan is a biochemist and physiologist that has more than 20 years of basic science and clinical research. His many seminal discoveries have resulted in dozens of issued U.S. and International patents. He is an international expert in nitric oxide and molecular medicine. Dr. Bryan is an innovator and successful entrepreneur who product technology is responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue worldwide. This content is not intended to replace medical advice from a physician.