Is Stress Killing You?
Long-term oxidative stress negatively affects the body and is the root cause behind several serious health problems. Here’s how hydrogen water can help!
SOME STRESS STAYS WITH US
Whether it is debt, relationship tension, or work deadlines, we all experience some form of stress now and then. While short-term stress or “good stress,” also referred to as “eustress,” is relatively harmless, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of health consequences.
Short-term oxidative stress is a normal and necessary process. However, long-term oxidative stress can contribute to the development of a wide range of health consequences, such as heart disease, inflammatory diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. But what exactly is “oxidative stress”?
WHAT IS OXIDATIVE STRESS?
WHAT ARE FREE RADICALS?
Free radicals are molecules with an unpaired electron. When functioning properly, free radicals help to fight off infection (3). Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals by lending them an electron. When there are too many free radicals in your body and not enough antioxidants to neutralize them, the harmful free radicals scavenge your cells looking for an electron to pair with, causing damage to DNA, proteins, and cells (4). When your body has too many free radicals, this leads to oxidative stress.
EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM OXIDATIVE STRESS
When you get a cut, your body’s natural immune system triggers the formation of oxidative stress. This stress prompts mild inflammation around the wound, which you can see with your naked eye as the red border around a cut. This inflammation goes away after your immune system has repaired the injury and fought off the infection (5).
Exercise is also able to induce short-term oxidative stress. This temporary oxidative stress in the muscles is able to help regulate tissue growth and actually stimulates the production of antioxidants (6).
Short-term oxidative stress then plays a significant role in helping regulate tissue growth, stimulating antioxidants, wound healing, the development of new blood cells, stopping the flow of blood to a cut, inflammation, tissue growth, and the maturation of collagen, enzymes, and cell proteins (7).
EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OXIDATIVE STRESS ON YOUR BODY
Long-term oxidative stress damages the body’s cells, proteins, and DNA, affecting the entire body on a cellular level. Some health issues associated with long-term oxidative stress include:
- Diabetes (8) (9)
- Chronic fatigue (10)
- Chronic inflammation and inflammatory conditions (11)(12)
- High blood pressure (13)
- Heart disease (14) (15)
- Cancer (16)
- Neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s) (17)
- Accelerated aging (18) (19) (20)
- Skin conditions (eg. vitiligo) (21)
- Allergies (22)
- Behavioral and mood disorders (eg. anxiety) (23)
- Asthma (24)
- Male infertility (25)
HOW TO COMBAT OXIDATIVE STRESS
Antioxidants have the ability to neutralize free radicals by giving them an electron. By neutralizing the free radicals, antioxidants are able to effectively nullify harmful oxidative stress (31). Antioxidants can be found in (32) (33) (34):
- Dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, etc.)
- Berries (goji berries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc.)
- Sweet potatoes
- Red cabbage
- Citrus fruit
- Dark chocolate
By making a few lifestyle changes, you will be better able to protect your body from oxidative stress. Here are a few things you can do:
- Get a healthy amount of sleep
- Exercise more
- Avoid chemicals
- Reduce exposure to pollution
- Drink less alcohol
- Be conscious of your food choices
- Wear sunscreen
- Stop smoking
Long-term chronic stress has the potential to cause serious negative health effects. By eating antioxidant-rich foods and making lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly and avoiding exposure to pollution, the free radicals in our body are neutralized and oxidative stress decreases to a healthy level. Hydrogen water has also been found to act as a selective antioxidant that promotes healing on a cellular level and has been proven to help reduce oxidative stress.
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