What causes Oxidative Stress
It occurs when toxins from what we eat, drink or our the pollutants we take in from our environmnet lead to a condition in our body called Oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress can occur when there is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body. The body’s cells produce free radicals during normal metabolic processes. However, cells also produce antioxidants that neutralize these free radicals. In general, the body is able to maintain a balance between antioxidants and free radicals.
Imagine an apple cut in half. In a short time the white part of the apple turns brown from the oxygen. In simplistic terms this is what is happening inside our bodies. It is unavoidable and the result is we age or get sick from diseases that have thier origin in oxidative stress. Up until recent years the only way to reduce oxidative stress was to eat loads and loads of antixidant foods. When I say loads I’m talking hundreds of oranges or blueberries.
Oxidative Stress Symptoms
Some symptoms of possible oxidative stress include:
Tiredness , Muscle cramps and pain , Headaches, Decreased memory, Auto-immune conditions (MS, Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes type 1, Hashimoto’s) Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Fertility issues and many more …
Oxidative stress can cause chronic inflammation.
Infections and injuries trigger the body’s immune response. Immune cells called macrophages produce free radicals while fighting off invading germs. These free radicals can damage healthy cells, leading to inflammation.
Under normal circumstances, inflammation goes away after the immune system eliminates the infection or repairs the damaged tissue.
However, oxidative stress can also trigger the inflammatory response, which, in turn, produces more free radicals that can lead to further oxidative stress, creating a cycle.
Chronic inflammation due to oxidative stress may lead to several conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis.
Reduce Oxidative stress Naturally
Oxidative stress is hard to completely avoid but you can limit its impact on your health through regular exercise, avoiding exposure to toxins in personal care and household products, limiting processed foods and eating more whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables – and what could be more important than the health of your cells?
The trouble is to eat enough antioxidants to have an effect is very difficult. The amount of food or drink needed to actually have an impact isalmost impossible to consume.
Can you take a pill to reduce your oxidative stress?
Up until recent years the answer to this was No! Not so any more. Now there is a way to switch on the enzymes that reduce oxidative stress in your cells.
There are so many utube videos to watch about Protandim and reducing oxidative stress but here is an oldie but really good one.