Oxidative Stress: The Precursor to Disease
Modern Science now demonstrates that oxidative stress is a significant precursor to more than 100 human disease including atherosclerosis, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, cancer and even wrinkles.
So what is oxidative stress? Free radicals are the molecules that, outside the human body, cause metal to rust or a peeled banana to turn brown. In the human body, free radicals attack and damage our cells and tissues and are a significant factor in the aging process. Free radical damage in the body is known as oxidative stress, and it accelerates dramatically as we age.
It may surprise you that our everyday activities can cause free radical damage. Pollutants in the air we breathe, the foods we eat, mental stress and even exercise can create substantial numbers of havoc-wreaking free radicals. The resulting oxidative stress does not cause disease. Rather, it gives disease a foothold in the body. As we get older and our free radical levels increase, it’s very difficult for our bodies to keep up with this ever-growing oxidative load.
Stress reduction and a healthy well balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables can help counteract oxidative stress, but they are only a part of the solution. Anti-oxidant supplements may help some as well.
Dr. Rick Schlussel is a Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist providing preventive health care, treatment for pain and injuries, holistic health assessments and a variety of natural therapies. He can be reached at Presence Wellness Center and Spa at 530-889-0388 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org