What is oxidative stress? Can it be good for you?
Oxidative stress is a state of imbalance in the body that occurs when there are more free radicals than the body’s antioxidant defense system can neutralize. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that can cause damage to cells, proteins, and DNA. This damage can accumulate over time and contribute to a range of chronic diseases.
Causes of oxidative stress
Causes of oxidative stress can include factors such as obesity, a diet rich in processed-foods, alcohol, and tobacco consumption, high levels of anxiety and stress, exposure to pollutants and chemicals, and many others. When the body is under chronic oxidative stress it can lead to a range of negative effects on overall health, including increased inflammation, fatigue, digestive issues, memory fog and decreased athletic performance.
But wait, doesn’t exercise cause oxidative stress too?
Yes, however low levels of oxidative stress can actually be beneficial to the body because it can stimulate the production of antioxidants which helps improve overall health and wellness.
Here are two of the best ways to encourage antioxidant defense and mediate oxidative stress:
Exercise has been shown to increase the production of antioxidants and improve the body’s ability to neutralize free radicals.
Ozone therapy works by signaling the NRF2 pathway (very similar to exercise) which helps to lower inflammation. This can result in increased oxygen efficiency – Meaning the body is using oxygen properly instead of creating free radicals and supporting reducing chronic oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress can have a major impact on health and athletic performance. By prioritizing sleep quality, a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods, reducing stress, limiting alcohol along with regular exercise and utilizing forms of ozone therapy, you can help mediate oxidative stress and improve oxygen efficiency as well as athletic performance.