Puritii™ Air Filtration System, Article Submissions
Greetings ARIIX Family,
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are now getting shorter and temperatures are getting colder. As temperatures drop, air quality tends to decrease, as more fuel is burned to keep buildings warm. (For our friends south of the Equator, we haven’t forgotten about you — we know you’ll experience this shift in daylight and temperature in about six months!) As air quality decreases, we all want to make sure we’re protected from harmful pollutants in the air which can affect our health in various ways (asthma, diminished cognitive abilities1, and even up to premature death2!) For this reason, we want to share with you a White Paper explaining the capabilities of the Puritii Air Filtration System as confirmed by laboratory analysis. The White Paper is attached accompanying this issue of the Journal of ARIIX Quality.
Dr. Strand’s Medical Minute #2: The Enemy — Free Radicals
In the process of creating energy within the furnace or fireplace of a cell, occasionally a charged oxygen molecule, called a free radical, is created. A free radical is an oxygen molecule that has at least one unpaired electron in its outer orbit. This literally gives the molecule an electrical charge, which creates very rapid movement as it tries to find an electron from the tissue around it. If it is not readily neutralized by an antioxidant, it can go on to damage the cell wall, vessel wall, proteins, fats and even the DNA nucleus of the cell. There are a certain number of free radicals produced when you simply metabolize your food. However, there are many things that increase the number of free radicals you produce:
- Excessive stress
- Excessive exercise
- Pollutants in our air, food and water
- Cigarette smoke
Because of our stressful lifestyles, polluted environment and over-medicated societies, this generation must contend with more free radicals than any previous generation. When you produce more free radicals than you can manage, you create what is known as oxidative stress. Oxygen is essential for life itself; however, it is also inherently dangerous for our existence. The same process that causes a cut apple to turn brown or metal to rust also causes your body to rust inside. This process of oxidative stress is the underlying cause of the overwhelming majority of chronic degenerative diseases you and me would love to avoid.
Oxidative stress is literally the dark side of oxygen. However, we are not defenseless against this process. Antioxidants have the ability to neutralize a free radical. Balance is the key. You need to have enough antioxidants available to handle the number of free radicals produced. Then you are able to prevent oxidative stress from occurring.
There are three main ways to get the antioxidants our bodies need. First, our bodies have the ability to make some of their own antioxidants. Second, we are able to get additional antioxidants from the foods we eat, especially from our fruits and vegetables. This is why we see the recommendation to consume 6 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. The last, and more recent, source available to us today is nutritional supplementation. We are now able to get optimal levels of antioxidants by supplementing a healthy diet. Remember, it is all about balance. To avoid oxidative stress, we want enough antioxidants to handle the free radicals produced.
There is solid evidence that our food supply is depleted in nutrients. Because of our depleted soils, green harvesting, cold storage, processing and food preparation methods, our foods have a significant decrease in nutritional value. This is certainly true of the micronutrients, especially the antioxidants. The decreased nutritional value of food alone is a good reason to supplement our diets; however, in the next Medical Minute I will explain what I believe is the main reason we need to supplement.
Submission Criteria for Articles
We are happy to open the Journal of ARIIX Quality up to more contributors! I’ve greatly enjoyed writing these articles over this year and look forward to sharing the fun and excitement that comes with writing about experiences and research with others. For those who would like to submit an article for consideration, the criteria are listed below:
- Submissions should be between 300 and 3,000 words.
- Submissions must be the submitter’s original work.
- Submissions should be in English or be accompanied by an English translation. If the submission is not in English, the original submission (i.e. the untranslated version) will be used for the version of the Journal in the language of the submission.
- Submissions must be made to Quality@ariix.com with the subject “Journal Submission.”
- Submissions must be made in Microsoft Word format.
- Submissions will be selected for publication in the Journal of ARIIX Quality by the Journal’s editorial group (ARIIX Quality, Regulatory and Product Development teams).
- Please note that the editorial group may make some alterations to articles published in the Journal.
We are excited to add a Product News section to the Journal. Please refer to this section for news on global product upgrades and new products. In addition, market-specific product news will be communicated to the market leaders directly.
Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to making ARIIX such a fantastic organization!
ARIIX Director of Quality
1The impact of exposure to air pollution on cognitive performance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. September 2018. https://www.pnas.org/content/115/37/9193
2New evidence on the impact of sustained exposure to air pollution on life expectancy from China’s Huai River Policy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. September 2017. https://www.pnas.org/content/114/39/10384