Written by Charlene Hartung

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28 Feb, 2024

I recently did a DNA test, see the article on my blog, and the results explained that I have a lot of oxidative stress in my body. I don’t think I had ever heard that term before. So, I did some research, and this is what I found. 

Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body.

Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause damage to cells and contribute to various diseases. Antioxidants help neutralise free radicals and protect the body from oxidative damage. When the balance is disrupted in favour of free radicals, it can lead to oxidative stress, which has been linked to conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Some common sources of free radicals include:

1. Environmental factors such as air and water pollution, radiation, and cigarette smoke
2. Metabolic processes within the body, including energy production and immune responses
3. Certain medications and chemicals, such as those found in pesticides and industrial solvents
4. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun

To reduce oxidative stress, it’s essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle and incorporate practices that support the body’s natural antioxidant defences.

Here are some ways to help reduce oxidative stress:

  1. Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, which provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  2. Engage in regular physical activity, which can help reduce inflammation and support overall health.
  3. Avoid exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants, such as cigarette smoke and air pollution.
  4. Manage stress through relaxation techniques, mindfulness, and adequate sleep, as chronic stress can contribute to oxidative stress.
  5. Consume foods high in antioxidants, such as berries, nuts, and leafy greens, to help combat free radicals.
  6. Consider taking antioxidant supplements, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and coenzyme Q10, under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Adopting these strategies can help reduce oxidative stress and support your overall health and well-being.

I hope this information was helpful to you as it was to me. 

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