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How do you explain the oxidation process when combining energy, carbohydrates, protein, and fats? How is oxidation also related to breathing?



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Any oxidation process involves the loss of electrons from atoms - and usually the combination of other atoms with oxygen in the process. Oxidation is the chemical process by which cells "get" their energy from the foods that we consume. After oxidation, the foods are left with less available chemical energy, and we pass those leftovers out of the body as wastes.

Breathing gives us the oxygen needed for the oxidation that constantly occurs in all of our cells to provide the energy that keeps us alive. Let me know if you'd like more details.

Ellen Mayo



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