When you hear the word "stress", what comes to mind?
Many of us have come to associate the word "stress" with the physical, emotional, and mental reactions we experience when excessive demands are placed on us. That kind of psychological or emotional stress, is well-known in our fast-paced society.
Some of us may thrive on the adrenaline rush from the "fight or flight" reaction brought on by a challenge. In fact, a little stress can actually help us perform better!
For those of us who have experienced burn-out or stress-related illness, we may be a little more inclined to minimize ongoing stress, knowing that too much can damage our well-being.
Fortunately, since we can feel emotional or psychological stress, we can manage it, if we choose.
There is another kind of stress that we DON'T feel, though — and it is far more damaging.
Oxidative stress, is a process that is silently happening within all of our bodies. In a nutshell, it is the burden placed on our cells when our bodies make more toxic waste products than it can neutralize. The particular kind of toxic waste products involved are also known as free radicals.
These free radicals are created when our cells make energy out of the food we eat. Toxins in our environment can also create free radicals inside us.
Inside our cells, these toxic molecules are bad news. Because free radicals are chemically unstable, they are like "loose cannons", binding with, and damaging, anything in their path.
Fortunately, our bodies are designed to address the challenge of this toxic waste. When free radicals are created, the cell is stimulated to create powerful protective substances (also known as antioxidant enzymes) that neutralize them. These enzymes are like little pac-men, gobbling up millions of free radicals per second.
Like emotional stress, a little oxidative stress can be helpful - because it turns on the cell's defense system.
Unfortunately, too much oxidative stress can damage the cell, reducing its ability to protect itself, and sending the cell into a downward spiral that ultimately destroys it. Chronic oxidative stress is at the very root of aging and over 250 chronic diseases.
Scientists have known for years that oxidative stress exists, but it hasn't gotten much press. Why? Because until fairly recently, there hasn't been much we can do about it.
Now we know that we can actually improve our ability to combat oxidative stress - by stimulating our cells to produce more antioxidant enzymes! This is such a huge breakthrough, that researchers at Washington State University have called this process (known as Nrf2 activation) as possibly "the most extraordinary therapeutic and most extraordinary preventive breakthrough in the history of medicine."
There are several lifestyle choices that help combat oxidative stress, and I recommend those. I also recommend and distribute Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer, a groundbreaking nutritional supplement, that has been scientifically proven to reduce oxidative stress by 40% in 30 days.
If you'd like to learn more about lifestyle approaches to reduce oxidative stress, you can read more in my blog: How to Deal With Radicals. If you'd like to know more about Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer, please send me a message!
What about you doing about oxidative stress? Please share your experience in the comments below!