Have you ever heard of the term oxidative stress? If you read science and nutrition magazines or look at websites that talk about these topics, it’s likely that you’ve at least heard about it. However, many people are in the dark as to what oxidative stress really means and the long-term effect it can have on your health. Understanding oxidative stress is key to staying on top of your long-term wellness.
What is Oxidative Stress?
When your body metabolizes oxygen in order to produce energy in your cells, the process of oxidation takes place. During the oxidation process, free radicals are created. These free radicals can interact with certain molecules inside your cells, which lead to damage or cell stress. This can even affect you at the level of your mitochondria or DNA.
The free radicals that are produced by oxidation are not necessarily always a bad thing. While these free radicals do cause damage, they also force your body to repair itself. The problem comes when the amount of free radicals you have in your body is more than what your body needs to repair itself. When free radicals overrun your body, then you have a problem; you are dealing with oxidative stress.
Why Does Oxidation Happen?
Oxidation is a normal part of the functions of your body. For example, if your cells turn glucose into energy, oxidation takes place. If you’re sick and your immune system is fighting against the bacteria by creating inflammation, oxidation is taking place. When you inhale pollutants or pesticides and your body is trying to detoxify itself, it does this using oxidation. The truth is that at any given time, your body is engaged in an innumerable amount of processes that are creating oxidation.
Oxidation and the creation of free radicals can spike to a dangerous level when your body is under physical or emotional stress. Antioxidants are a must to keep your body balanced. This is one of the only ways to prevent damage.
Reducing Oxidative Stress
The best way to reduce oxidative stress is to seek professional help. Our NanoVi™ treatments at Mitodynamics are great for reducing oxidative stress. Contact us today to book a consultation in Orlando and learn more!