Have you ever wondered why apples turn brown a few minutes after you cut into them?
Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells throughout the body in a process called oxidation. Caused by oxidative stress. Over time, it can have extremely harmful effects on the body which can lead to things like; accelerated aging and disease.
What is Oxidative Stress?
Oxidation is the process of removing electrons from an atom or molecule. Electrons normally exist in pairs.
When they fly solo, they are highly unstable or reactive; in this state, they are also known as free radicals.
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. 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.
Antioxidants a.k.a. Superheroes
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
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.