OXIDATIVE STRESS, INFLAMMATION & ANTIOXIDANTS

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OXIDATIVE STRESS, INFLAMMATION & ANTIOXIDANTS

Oxidative stress is a broad term not understood by everyone, so what is oxidative stress? don’t we need oxygen? and isn’t that an Oxidant?

Oxidative stress is a naturally occurring by product that occurs in our cells all the time.

Is it so bad? oxidative stress in small amounts isn’t ‘bad’ or damaging but when you get a lot of oxidative stress it can result in inflammation without antioxidants to combat the oxidation which can age and damage the cells and tissues.

Oxidative stress can cause problems like chronic low grade inflammation. 
Inflammation is a necessary function of our immune system however long term low grade inflammation increases our risk of developing cardio vascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s disease, muscle pain and even mood disturbances.Chronic low grade inflammation can also cause damage to our DNA which can cause cancer.

There is a disturbing link between oxidative stress and stress!

We use up our nutrients like magnesium and B vitamins when we stress out, because magnesium and B’s are used to synthesize adrenal hormones.

Stress causes acidity in the body which can increase the predisposition to inflammation, magnesium is an alkaline mineral so when we use it up our body becomes more acidic if we don’t replenish our magnesium. Magnesium is needed for muscle relaxation and it is also used a cofactor to help synthesize melatonin (our sleep hormone).

So if we stress out we can’t relax our muscles we can’t sleep and then we stress out more! seems like a vicious cycle.

If the environment in our body becomes acidic we increase the chances of low grade inflammation which causes oxidative stress and it turns into a continuous cycle.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants help to reduce the impact of oxidative stress.

This helps to reduce inflammation, by consuming high amounts of antioxidants you can reduce the risk or impact of chronic inflammatory disease, diseases like cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammatory bowel disease, eczema, asthma any thing ending in itis like arthritis, gastritis, rhinitis, pancreatitis and much more.  

There are hundreds of studies showing over and over again that fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds have high antioxidants. Just because the disease mechanism is complicated the treatment doesn’t have to be eating a fresh diet of fruit, vegetables, legumes and whole grains is a simple way of improving your health. 

 

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