Our Body, Oxidative Stress and Free Radicals

Our Body, Oxidative Stress and Free Radicals

Rust on metal (iron) occurs when Iron, Oxygen and Water (air moisture) combine. (Chemistry – the iron loses electrons to oxygen atoms). This is called oxidation and when it happens it produces a chemical reaction forming Iron Oxide more commonly known as rust.

Lettuce also has a chemical reaction occurring when leaves are sliced with a metal knife. The oxidative process occurs forming the rust like appearance on the edges of sliced leaves.

Within our body, the process of oxidation happens as we breathe in oxygen that is metabolised and our cells produce energy. Additionally, this process also produces free radicals which interact with the molecules within our cells resulting in damage or stimulating repair.  These free radicals are necessary within our body however when the body over-produces them, this is where we have a problem called oxidative stress.

There are millions of processors that occur within our body at any one time including oxidation which is an essential process for:

  • our cells to use glucose to make energy
  • our immune system to fight off infection, bacteria and create inflammation
  • our body to naturally detoxify

Oxidation increases when we are physically and/or emotionally stressed.  The problem here lies when the body doesn’t not have a maintained balance of antioxidants.  Oxidative stress happens when the number of free radicals out weight the number of antioxidants resulting in oxidative damage to our cells.

How do you reduce oxidative stress?

  • Avoid exposure to unnecessary oxidation
    • Avoid sugar, processed foods and balance out blood sugars (GI).
    • Build your immune system with food (kiwifruit, capsicum, garlic, ginger, spinach), herbs (echinacea, elderberry, astragalus, Siberian ginseng), quality sleep, less alcohol, less tobacco and plenty of sunshine.
    • De-stress by talking with friends, exercise, walk in nature, watch funny youtube clips, journal, pray.
    • Avoid environmental toxins such as cigarettes, candles, room sprays, nail salons, exhaust fumes, plastics.
  • Increase your antioxidants
    • Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant the body produces. Stimulate the production of glutathione by eating spinach, kale, avocado, tomatoes, garlic, onions, walnuts *broccoli, *cabbage. **Hypothyroidism should be caution of how much cruciferous are consumed.
    • HIGH antioxidant foods are beetroot, berries, tomatoes, purple and red grapes, kale, green tea.

Learn more about your body by booking a consultation.

Our Body, Oxidative Stress and Free Radicals.Errors during filming have been corrected in comments. Please igonre our dogs. 🙂

Posted by Feel Good Naturopathy on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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