Anti-oxidants are compounds produced in your body and also found in foods. They protect and help defend your cells from harmful substances known as Free Radicals. Oxidative Stress is when these free radicals accumulate.
Free radicals are waste compounds produced by the cell as the body processes food and reacts to certain stimuli by the environment.
Free radical production is influenced by both internal and external factors. Internal factors are problems like inflammation and chronic stress. External factors are environmental which include things like pollution, UV exposure and cigarette smoke.
Oxidative stress is when free radicals build up in the system and cause cell damage; this in turn can lead to;
Ways to increase your antioxidant intake;
As a healthfoods shop we try to be aware of the world we live in and recognise that we should all play our part in being environmentally friendly.
We do this by selling products that are recyclable, natural, against animal testing, vegan and plastic free.
This is especially the case in our Household cleaning section, in fact, all of the cleaning products we sell are eco-friendly products and contain natural ingredients. We stock products from Bio-D, Eco-over, Greenscents, Bio-nature and many more.
Our own label product packaging is bio-degradable plastic, this helps us take an extra step to being eco-friendly.
Bio-degradable plastics are plastics that should be compostable rather than landfill, as micro-organisms metabolise the plastic and break it down into water, carbon dioxide (CO²) and bio-material. The process requires a good temperature, humidity and naturally occurring bacteria which is not found in landfill.
Bio-degradable plastics are plastics that can be broken down into water, carbon dioxide and bio-material. Bio-plastics are far more eco-friendly than the alternative plastics as they do not contain carbon, methane and other pollutants, so when broken down, they won’t release harmful gases into our atmosphere.
There is some debate about the traces of metal that are found in some bio-plastics that when broken down can cause harm to the environment, however, there is little evidence to support this or show any significant impact to the environment.
We have a number of solar panels on our roof that helps generate our own electric. Our solar panel monitor which can be found in our right window display shows us how much electric we are producing, not only promoting renewable energy but reducing consumption from the national grid.
Bio-D refillable station
At the back of our shop we have 4 Bio-D refill stations;
Here at Ceres we try to recycle as much as we can. Most of our plastic bubble wrap gets reused or donated to charities. We recycle our paper and cardboard.
We also accept our glass supplement bottles for recycling and give 25p per Viridian bottle given back to us. We also store and give back our Styrofoam chips and Protective foam nets.
Tinkers bubble and our local honey suppliers also take back any glass bottles to reuse.
Seasonal Super Supplements
As the cold rolls in, it’s time to give our bodies a boost. So from Astragalus to Zinc here are some of our favourite winter helpers.
This time of year it gets a little colder and many of us many find ourselves creaking a little more! So lets take a look at some of the best supplements for strong and mobile joints.