What is oxidative stress?
Oxidative stress is the process of oxidizing molecules in cells that results in cell damage. Oxidative stress can be caused by environmental factors, injury, infection, or chemicals. The balance between the production of free radicals and antioxidants appears to influence biological aging.
The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, each containing thousands of enzymes which are the worker molecules in each cell, powered by nutrients. Enzymes are essential to life because they direct chemical reactions that keep organisms alive and provide them with energy. Enzymes can be compared to tiny machines that do specific jobs. They are proteins, made from L-amino acids and other building blocks such as cholesterol, phosphorus, and iron.
What causes Oxidative Stress?
Oxidative stress can be caused by environmental factors, injury, infection, or chemicals. Oxidative stress occurs when the body is not able to neutralize harmful free radicals. Free radicals and other molecules that cause oxidative damage are produced when we eat foods containing fats and carbohydrates. The build-up of these substances in the body is called oxidation. Pollution is also a source of free radicals in the human body, which accelerates aging.
Damage occurs when the free radical encounters another molecule and seeks to find another electron to pair with to become more stable. The unpaired electron pulls an electron off a neighboring molecule, causing the affected molecule to behave like a free radical itself —and a chain reaction occurs.
Basically, the free radicals create more and more unstable molecules that then attack their neighbors in a domino-like effect. The end results are not pretty, this is essentially what causes aging. It can physically show in the form of wrinkles, saggy skin, and dark spots on the skin.
What Causes Free Radicals?
Free radicals are a byproduct of energy consumption in our mitochondria. When oxygen interacts with our mitochondria, free radicals are produced. This is the case for pretty much every living organism on earth. As we breathe, we can’t help but make free radicals since there are toxins in the air, but many other influences can contribute, such as:
- Eating an unhealthy diet.
- Over-exercising, too much exercise, can actually increase oxidative stress.
- Excessive drinking.
- Smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke.
- Excessive stress or lack of sleep.
- Exposure to the sun and UV rays.
How Can We Combat Free Radicals?
The best way to combat free radicals is by eating foods rich in antioxidants, like fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help slow down the production of free radicals which slows down the aging process. We hear all of the time that antioxidants help to reduce oxidative stress damage, but how do they work?
Antioxidants essentially “donate” an electron to a free radical without becoming unstable themselves. This donation helps to stabilize the free radicals so that they are less likely to cause damage. Fight free radical damage and oxidative stress with help from our AETHEION ZC50 Cellular Support Cream, part of the Professional Series – available in our store.
Free radicals and antioxidants
Found in a wide range of foods, antioxidants can basically stop free radicals from stealing electrons from other molecules in your body. Following a diet full of antioxidant-rich foods can help your body fight oxidative stress.
Some foods packed with antioxidants are:
- Dark chocolate
- Green tea
- Dark Chocolate
Foods high in vitamins C and E, such as citrus fruits and leafy greens, can help fight oxidative stress too.
Here are some ways to naturally reduce oxidative stress:
- Follow a regular exercise routine with an array of different exercises.
- Don’t smoke and try to avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Use caution with chemicals, especially when cleaning or gardening.
- Wear sunscreen, always. Sunscreen prevents ultraviolet light damage to your skin.
- Try to decrease your alcohol consumption.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is very important for maintaining balance in all of your body systems.
- Avoid overeating, instead eat healthy smaller portions.
The bottom line is, your skin battles oxidative stress every day. There are preventative steps you can take, but ultimately free radicals will occur.
However, we have discovered how to manipulate free radicals to reverse the signs of skin damage. Using Redox Technology, our products renew and regenerate skin cells, by combating oxidative stress at the cellular level. Giving you healthy skin from the inside out.