Oxidation is a normal and necessary process that takes place in your body. Oxidative stress, on the other hand, occurs when there’s an imbalance between free radical activity and antioxidant activity. When functioning properly, free radicals can help fight off pathogens. Pathogens lead to infections.
Free radicals can cause damage to fatty tissue, DNA, and proteins in your body. Proteins, lipids, and DNA make up a large part of your body, so that damage can lead to a vast number of diseases over time such as:
- Hardening of blood vessels
- Inflammatory conditions
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Neurodegenerative diseases
Oxidative stress also contributes to aging. Oxidative stress starts showing up visibly with signs of aging as we get into our later 30s and 40s and increases every decade. There are the visible signs of oxidative stress and we do things that we can help repair that but what we don’t see is how that is happening on the inside to our organs. So when you take supplements and good food not only do you help prevent diseases and keep the organs healthy and working at an optimum level but you also greatly decrease the visible signs of aging and oxidative stress and keep a healthier, tighter-looking skin.
Everyone produces some free radicals naturally. This is normal and part of the body’s intricate system of keeping itself healthy.
You may also be exposed to free radicals in the environment via
- Certain pesticides and cleaners
- Cigarette smoke
A diet high in sugar, fat, and alcohol may also contribute to free radical production.
Managing and Preventing Oxidative Stress
It’s impossible to completely avoid free radical exposure and oxidative stress. However, there are things you can do to minimize the effects of oxidative stress on your body. The main thing you can do is to increase your levels of antioxidants and decrease your formation of free radicals.
One method of preventing oxidative stress is to ensure you’re obtaining enough antioxidants in your diet. Eating five servings per day of a variety of fruits and vegetables is the best way to provide your body what it needs to produce antioxidants.
- Citrus fruits
- Dark leafy greens
Here are some dietary antioxidant sources:
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- Green tea
- Fish and nuts
Healthy lifestyle choices, such as below, can also prevent or reduce oxidative stress.
- A regular, moderate exercise routine
- Don’t smoke
- Use caution with chemicals
- Be environmentally conscious
- Wear sunscreen
- Decrease your alcohol intake
- Get plenty of sleep
- Avoid overeating
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