How does oxidative stress influence your health?
Aging and age-associated diseases are the result of cellular deterioration
Our cells deteriorate through our lives as a result of destructive molecules called Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). These molecules are a natural by-product produced when our bodies metabolize the oxygen we breathe so our cells can produce energy from it.
In ideal circumstances, our bodies have sufficient abilities to combat these “free radicals” to maintain a balance that minimizes our vulnerability to inflammation and illness and allows for optimum functions.
But when more and more ROS are produced in our cells, our internal defences become overwhelmed and disrupt the equilibrium inside our cells, producing oxidative stress. We can think of this process as being similar to the way oxidative stress produces rust in a finely tuned engine when it isn’t maintained. In a similar way, aging is your body’s way of rusting from the inside out. Worse still, the equilibrium can be upset even more easily in the face of poor nutrition, insufficient sleep and exercise, illness and lifestyle and environmental stress.
Oxidative stress plays an important role in aging and age-related degenerative diseases.
Over 200 chronic diseases in peer-reviewed scientific articles have been linked to oxidative stress.
Some of the health challenges associated oxidative stress include:
- cardiovascular disease
- male and female infertility syndromes
- hearing loss
- chronic inflammatory diseases (like bowel disease)
- cognitive impairment due to ageing brain
- joint diseases associated with pain and inflammation
- skin pathologies
These severe challenges are in addition to the feelings of fatigue and malaise and the tendencies to weight gain, muscle loss, lack of energy and athletic ability and general loss of vibrancy and aging appearance that occurs as our bodies succumb to the increasing impact of oxidative stress.
In short , oxidative stress wears down the body, so slowing this process is essential for healthy aging.*
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