What is Oxidative Stress?

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

Hey there,

I hope you all had a great Christmas and that you are stuffed to the brim with yummy food. I know I certainly am! Last week I talked about stress and how it can affect you in various aspects of your life. It's hard to avoid stress in our lives because we don't all have the resolve of a Buddhist monk. We get stressed by work, our relationships and even our environment. Either way it's unavoidable.

Now, I'm going to tell you that our cells also get stressed out. As a kid our cells fire constantly and we have loads of energy. Ever wonder why a kid can run circles around you when all you want to do is sit down with a glass of red. It's because their cells and mitochondria are working at an optimal level. As we get older (or start the ageing process) our cells start to oxidise and are overtaken by free radicals. I think you may have heard of them, but I'll refresh your memory. Free radicals are essentially unpaired electrons (electrons need to be in pairs) that scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA. So pretty much it is not a good thing. They go around wrecking havoc on a cellular level and what this does is it makes you feel tired, depressed and can even be the catalyst to major illness.

This process is called oxidative stress and this stress ages you and is attributed to many illnesses. The way to combat oxidative stress is to take antioxidants, which I'm sure you have heard about. The problem with this is that you would have to be consume your weight in antioxidants to see even the smallest degree of change on a cellular level. Again..... this doesn't work does it? Well what if I told you that there is actually an extremely simple way to combat oxidative stress. Would you be interested (let me know in the comments)?

A few year back now, a few scientists figured out that there was a neural pathway called NRF2 that if activated would combat oxidative stress on it's own. It is the pathway that as kids fires constantly, combating oxidative stress, but as adults it starts to slow down, therefore causing the ageing process to begin. These scientists discovered that by combining a few natural ingredients in small dosages, it turned on the NRF2 pathway and and got rid of 40% of oxidative stress in an average of 30 days. Isn't that cool? I thought it was pretty cool so I tried it. Within two weeks I had more energy and felt clearer. It's hard to explain, but I felt that I was more present and was aware of everything happening around me on an acute level.

I started doing my own research on pubmed.gov and discovered that so many ailments were caused by oxidative stress and that a decrease in it could reverse certain things or help mediate the symptoms. I was especially interested in anxiety as I suffer from mild panic attacks and to my surprise there was a huge link there. So I've been on it and will be forever. It costs the same as a vitamin which we all buy anyways and it makes me feel like I can do more with my life, so why not?

I'm forgetting about something though, aren't I? What is it called?!?!? It is called Protandim NRF2. So do your own research and see if this is something that you think might help you in your life at the moment. It's a little thing that can change your life without you having to move mountains to get there.

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