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What Is This Mess Called Oxidative Stress?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

By: Dr. Doni

WOW! That guy to the left looks Really Stressed...That's kind of what your Body feels like when it is overwhelmed with "Oxidative Stress". Let's get a little more familiar with this type of stress and the affect it has on your body...

The term “oxidative stress” is mentioned all the time in the realm of science and nutrition, but it is not often clear what it means for your health. In fact research indicates that oxidative stress is an underlying cause of cancer, so understanding and preventing it is a smart strategy for your wellness.

The process of oxidation happens as our bodies metabolize (or process) the oxygen that we breathe and our cells produce energy from it. This process also produces free radicals –which interact with the molecules within our cells resulting in damage (or stress) to nearby cells, MITOCHONDRIA, and DNA (our genes).

Free radicals also known as Hydroxyl radicals are normal and necessary to some degree. In addition to causing some damage, they also stimulate repair. It is only when the amount of free radicals produced overwhelms the repair processes that it becomes an issue. That is what we call oxidative stress.

Oxidation happens under a number of circumstances including:

~ when our cells use glucose to make energy

~ when the immune system is fighting off bacteria and creating inflammation

~ when our bodies detoxify pollutants, pesticides, and cigarette smoke



In fact, there are millions of processes taking place in our bodies at any one moment that can result in oxidation.

Oxidation increases when we are physically and/or emotionally stressed. And as long as you have enough anti-oxidants, a careful balance is maintained and damage is prevented.

Oxidative stress happens when the amount of free radicals exceeds the amount of antioxidants. That’s when oxidation damages our cells, proteins and our DNA (genes).

How Do You Know If You Have Oxidative Stress?

Here are a few signs to look out for:

  • Fatigue

  • Memory loss and/or brain fog

  • Muscle and/or joint pain

  • Wrinkles and grey hair

  • Decreased eye sight

  • Headaches and sensitivity to noise

  • Susceptibility to infections

Oxidative stress has also been associated with numerous health conditions including:

  •  chronic fatigue syndrome, 

  • fibromyalgia, 

  • diabetes, 

  • Alzheimer’s disease, 

  • anxiety, 

  • insomnia, 

  • cancer, 

  • and more.

Toxins get trapped in our bodies from the natural accumulation of cellular debris (the creation of super oxide) and exposure to environmental toxins. Over time the buildup of these toxins can lead to fatigue, inflammation, and disease.

By Increasing the amount of Superoxide Dismutase in your Diet you can Naturally Fight Inflammation and Reduce the Risk of Damage caused by Oxidative Stress.


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