Have you heard about oxidative stress?
Oxidative stress is the result of free radical damage in your body. Many compare it to rusting from the inside out and it has been linked to over 200 diseases. Oxidative stress is a main contributor to our aging bodies.
Got your attention now?
Cell damage caused by free radicals is definitely not good for the body. The health damage associated with oxidative stress is not commonly known to people. However, scientific research has validated oxidative stress as the cause of aging cells and contributes it to many poor health conditions.
How do we know this?
Check out PubMed.gov and type in "oxidative stress" and you will find over 85,000 peer-reviewed articles by medical research teams. This excessive amount of articles on the effects of oxidative stress is proof enough that we should look twice at our health and try to find ways to help lower this distressed state of our bodies. Oxidative stress is a major concern for those in the medical field and it should be a major concern for us.
How do we get oxidative stress?
Our body is made up of many elimination processes. The air we breathe, the food we eat, exercising, environmental pollutants, emotional stress and other factors contribute to the deterioration of our body. As our body removes toxins, free radicals form and stay within our body. We have certain enzymes that help with the removal of free radicals, however, as we get older those enzymes slow down allowing free radicals to grow and multiply to excessive amounts.
What can we do about oxidative stress?
Though free radical production is a natural, continuing process in the body, there are some things we can do to combat the effects of oxidative stress. Exercising, limiting our cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption and eating healthy are examples of some things we can do to help slow the aging process. Research and science have shown that consuming foods and products containing antioxidants are even more beneficial. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals to stop them from further damaging our cells.
The most important thing we can do is to educate ourselves. If you didn’t know about oxidative stress before this article, you should do enough research to get the information you need to protect yourself. Take the time to read through the peer-reviewed medical journals to learn what is on the forefront of the medical minds that are studying science and health.
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Nelson SK, Bose SK, Grunwald GK, Myhill P, McCord JM. The induction of human superoxide dismutase and catalase in vivo: a fundamentally new approach to antioxidant therapy. Free Radical Biol Med. 2006 Jan 15; 40(2):341-7.
Toren Finkel, Nikki J. Holbrook. Oxidants, oxidative stress and the biology of ageing. Nature 408, 239-247 (9 November 2000) doi:10.1038/35041687 Insight
Understanding Oxidative Stress.