08 Dec Protect Your Health with Antioxidants
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When it comes to keeping your body healthy, finding ways to eliminate free radicals is essential. These waste substances, also referred to as reactive oxygen species (ROS) are created as the body processes food and otherwise reacts to its environment. If your body is unable to remove these free radicals, oxidative stress may occur. This, in turn, can cause harm to your cells while also reducing your body function.
What Factors Increase the Production of Free Radicals?
A number of lifestyle and dietary choices can increase the production of free radicals in your body. Some of these factors may be internal or external. Some of these include:
- Chemical Exposure
- Cigarette Smoke
- Excessive Exercise
- Industrial Solvents
- Ischemia and Reperfusion Damage
- Mitochondrial Activity
- UV Exposure
- Tissue Trauma (due to inflammation and/or injury)
Consuming certain foods, especially refined and processed foods or those containing artificial sweeteners, trans fats and certain dyes and additives may also increase your body’s production of free radicals.
What Conditions are Linked to Oxidative Stress?
Oxidative stress caused by free radicals can lead to a number of conditions. These include:
- Heart Disease
- Immune Deficiency
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Respiratory Diseases
In addition to these conditions, oxidative stress may result in a number of other inflammatory and ischemic conditions.
Protecting Against Free Radicals
To protect against free radicals and their harmful effects, it is important to include foods with antioxidants in your diet. Antioxidants are able to essentially seek out the free radicals while also helping to remove them from the body. Some types of antioxidants include:
Each of these substances is found in a variety of plant-based foods. You can also find antioxidants in supplements such as Multi-Essentials from Prolean Wellness. Contact us today to learn more!