What is Oxidative Stress? The definition of it is an imbalance between the systemic manifestation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and a biological system's ability to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or to repair the resulting damage. (Whew - that's a mouthful!)
In lay terms, oxidative stress in the body is synonymous with aging (as well as dis-ease), plain and simple! Oxidative stress happens when free-radicals are created in our bodies through normal metabolism, foods & beverages in our diet, and even from the air we breathe (think atmospheric pollution). This continuous free-radical attack on the body is a huge factor in how quickly someone ages (or not).
Dr. Bruce Ames of the University of California at Berkeley estimates that the DNA of each of our cells is attacked by free-radicals over 10,000 times a day!
It is imperative that we do all we can to combat the onslaught of free-radicals and the damage they cause daily! One of the quickest and easiest ways to do this is through consumption of antioxidants that battle the oxidative stresses on the body.
What are just some of the causes of this Oxidative Stress?
- Diets high in sugar & processed foods
- Exposure to radiation
- Smoking (and vaping)
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain medications
- Exposure to industrial chemicals & pesticides.
What can we do to help our body eliminate and repair the damage from oxidative stress? Besides limiting our exposure to the list above, consuming foods that are high in antioxidants is our best weapon in fighting the damage caused by oxidative stress. If you research foods that are high in antioxidants, you will find that berries and other fruits and vegetables are at the top of the list. Relying only on the amount of these foods you can eat each day would require a very large quantity of these foods.
There are lots of supplements and products that are on the market that claim to have antioxidants in them, but many of these are full of synthetic ingredients that I wouldn't recommend anyone consume.
I have discovered a whole food nutritional drink that is an amazing powerhouse full of antioxidants!