Think you’re healthy?…time to think again
In our previous articles, we’ve discussed the importance of effective skin cleansing and skin care routines, daily use of a UV skin protector, how we need to tweak our routine for the changing seasons… for youth preservation.
Let’s face it, we are a work in progress.
It’s accepted science that staying healthy throughout your life begins with eating right. Eating ‘5 a day’ has now become a target for all, in fact, this recommendation has been increased to eating ‘7 a day’
We are so fortunate, in our society, to have access to every kind of food you could possibly imagine…but do we make the right choices?
Today’s lifestyles demand more from our bodies than ever before. We are constantly exposed to sunlight, pollution and stress that can weaken your natural barriers and can expose the body to free radicals, which cause oxidative stress in the cells.
So What is Oxidative Stress?
This is a term that you can read about and hear about quite regularly, as we begin to understand more about how our incredible body reacts to its environment and its nutrition.
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). Okay, so that’s the science bit explained…
Free 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 the immune system is fighting off bacteria and creating inflammation
When our cells use glucose to make energy, such as during intensive exercise and workouts, triathlons and bodybuilding
When our bodies are subjected to emotional or physical stresses
When our bodies detoxify pollutants, pesticides, alcohol 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 further increases when we are physically and/or emotionally stressed. As long as you have enough anti-oxidants, a careful balance is maintained and damage is prevented.
However, oxidative stress happens when the amount of free radicals exceeds the number 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, Prematurely wrinkled, aged skin and greying hair, Decreased eyesight, Headaches and sensitivity to noise and 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.
How to Reduce Oxidative Stress
There are two ways to reduce oxidative stress. Avoid exposure to unnecessary oxidation and increase your anti-oxidants. Let’s look at each of these in turn.
Decreasing Exposure to Oxidation
As we’ve already seen, oxidation increases when we are exposed to stress, toxins, and infections. It is also increased by sugar and chemicals, so the more you can minimize your exposure to these things, the better.
Choosing organic foods and avoiding toxins in your environment makes a big difference. Reducing stress helps too and can be done with what I call “daily stress remedies”. Here are four steps you can take to reduce unnecessary oxidation in your body.
Step 1: Avoid sugar and processed foods while balancing your blood sugar levels
When the body has to process sugar it also creates oxidation and the more sugar we eat, the more oxidation happens. Processed foods often contain sugar and/or other chemicals that also result in oxidation. Eating large and infrequent meals also creates more oxidative stress, so balancing your blood sugar by eating smaller, frequent meals, also helps.
Step 2: Prevent infections
When the immune system is fighting off an infection, it ends up creating oxidation which is why, when you get sick, it drains your body of energy. I encourage you to have a strategy to avoid catching colds and infections. Easier said than done when you have children or work with the general public, but simple strategies such as good hand hygiene can really help.
Step 3: Allow time for daily stress remedies
It seems so simple, but it really pays off. That’s why you need to build breaks into your day – to give your body a chance to recover. Be sure to honour the breaks in your schedule (or create them) and take them as a chance to enjoy the outdoors, breathe, and re-centre. These are some ideas for daily stress remedies: Exercise, Meditation, Talking with a friend, Enjoying nature, Journaling, Watching a funny show and Taking a walk.
Step 4: Avoid toxins
Choose organic foods or locally grown. Our food is nutritionally inferior compared with previous decades so the less mileage it has experienced to get to your table the better.
I don’t think anyone is surprised with this next one…but avoid cigarettes, exhaust fumes and foods wrapped and cooked in plastics.
Step 5: Increasing Anti-Oxidants
No matter what you to do avoid them, you are going to be exposed to some toxins and stress, so your next step is to increase the anti-oxidants you have in your system either by helping your body make more or by consuming them in food or supplements.
What antioxidants do is block oxidation. They squelch it and make it non-harmful!
How do I know if I’m even making enough AntiOxidants, it’s not something you can measure…is it?
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