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Reducing Oxidative Stress for Renewed Health

Last Updated on: May 10, 2022

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At the dawn of this new year, perhaps you’ve been thinking about resolutions to improve your health. With this in mind, there is one thing you can focus your efforts on for overall wellness: reducing oxidative stress.

New Year’s resolutions: so many of us make them. Exercising more and losing weight are perennially popular resolutions. In fact, a 2022 poll for the magazine, “The Economist,” shows that one-quarter of Americans made resolutions to get healthier this year. Of that 25%, 80% feel confident that they can keep their resolutions. (1)

How about you? Have you made any resolutions to get healthier this year, and how confident are you that you can stick to them? Luckily, the path to renewed health for a new year may not be as rocky as you might think. There’s one thing that you can focus on for improved well-being: reducing oxidative stress.

But what is oxidative stress? You may have read or heard these words and wondered what they mean, especially in conjunction with the term “free radicals.” Because oxidative stress can be destructive in that it contributes to disease, it’s important to understand how and why this process occurs and what you can do about it.

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A browning apple is an example of oxidative stress.

How Oxidative Stress Occurs

The body is constantly at work. Many of its processes carry on simultaneously, such as breathing, digesting, and thinking. The blood circulates nutrients and removes waste, the endocrine system sends out hormones, and the immune system battles bacteria and viruses. All of these processes and many others can produce free radicals as byproducts. (2, 3)

Free radicals are molecules that are unstable, and in order to become stable, they pillage electrons from other molecules, causing those molecules to become unstable. Those new, unstable molecules steal electrons from nearby stable molecules, and the process continues, starting a domino effect. (2)

Here’s an example of this domino effect: when you slice an apple and leave it out uncovered, it begins to wither and turn brown. That’s oxidative stress happening. Another example is rusted metal that becomes weak or brittle. That’s oxidative stress as well.

How the Body Combats Oxidative Stress

Luckily, the body has a natural defense system to fight oxidative stress, including antioxidants. These remarkable molecules can donate electrons to stabilize free radicals, thereby reducing the damage free radicals cause. (2)

Even though your body has this natural form of defense, it can get overwhelmed with free radicals and not have enough antioxidants to fight them. This creates an imbalance on the side of the damaging free radicals, and that can lower your defenses and make you sick. (2)

When your defenses are down, you might feel any of the following symptoms (2):

  • Fatigue
  • Susceptibility to infection
  • Lack of mental clarity
  • Muscle pain
  • Decreased eyesight
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches

If left unchecked, free radicals can damage DNA and lead to diabetes, hardening of the blood vessels, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation, and even cancer. (4)

Where Do Free Radicals Come From?

Every day, you are exposed to harmful free radicals from many sources — so many, in fact, that it’s nearly impossible to avoid this hazard. Generally, free radicals build up due to excess sugar and fat in the diet; environmental pollutants like ozone, pesticides, cigarette smoke, and radiation; and poor responses to stress, like overindulging in alcohol. (4)

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Free radicals are unstable molecules that lead to disease if out of balance.

How You Can Fight Oxidative Stress

Reducing oxidative stress for renewed health is well within your grasp! For a new you in the new year, take these easy steps to help ward off the disease and inflammation that can come with oxidative stress.

Eat Five Servings of Fruits and Vegetables a Day

You’ve probably heard it since you were little: it’s important to eat your fruits and vegetables. These days, there’s science to back up this wisdom: fruits and vegetables not only contain antioxidants, they help the body produce antioxidants. Great sources of antioxidants include cherries, berries, dark leafy greens, broccoli, olives, tomatoes, and citrus. Fish, nuts, garlic, onions, and some spices will also provide antioxidant power. To honor your resolution to be healthier, commit to trying two or three new fruits, vegetables, or spices each week. Keep eating the ones you enjoy and trying new ones! Variety means more options for helping you keep your resolution. (5)

Exercise Regularly

Regular but moderate exercise benefits you by increasing your body’s ability to protect its DNA against oxidative stress. It can also reduce inflammation and increase insulin sensitivity, which reduces the risk for metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Finally, regular exercise can improve your mental and emotional well-being through the release of chemicals that make you feel relaxed. (6, 7)

Reduce or Avoid Exposure to Harmful Chemicals

Chemicals come in many forms and are present in industries, homes, vehicles, workplaces, and the environment. Some of these chemicals, like cigarette smoke, pesticides, cleaners, and ozone, can make you sick. With these dangers all around you, how can you stay safe?

One way to reduce the production of harmful chemicals is to reduce your carbon footprint. “Carbon footprint” refers to the amount of greenhouse gases a person or group produces through activities like driving or using cleaning chemicals. Many of these gases stay in the atmosphere for long periods and make us sick. Carpooling or riding a bike is a great way to help reduce such gases. (5, 8)

Another way to limit your exposure to harmful chemicals is to eliminate harsh cleaners from your home. At Synergy Science™, we have a product to help you do just that: the Echo Clean™. Using just water and salt, the Echo Clean™ produces two all-natural, safe-for-your-family cleaners: hypochlorous acid and sodium hypochlorite. Hypochlorous acid is 80x more powerful than bleach. It’s perfect for disinfecting kitchen counters, children’s toys, and even meats and produce. Sodium hypochlorite is a stronger, more bleach-like cleaner than hypochlorous acid. However, sodium hypochlorite is not bleach, and it is also safe to use around your home and family, just like hypochlorous acid. Using these cleaners means your resolution extends from a healthier you to a healthier family!

Reduce Exposure to Cigarette Smoke

Cigarette smoke increases oxidative stress and reduces the body’s antioxidant defense. (5, 9)

Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleeping is essential for keeping your body’s systems in balance. Therefore, a lack of sleep can impair your immune response, increase your chances of heart disease, hinder reasoning and problem-solving skills, and lead to weight gain and diabetes, among other things. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night. (5, 10, 11)

Avoid Overeating

Research shows that overeating keeps the body in a state of oxidative stress. Eating small or moderate meals at regular intervals helps the body maintain its antioxidant capacity and therefore cellular health. (5, 6)

Consider Hydrogen-Enriched Water

Synergy Science™ offers you another simple, healthy solution for reducing oxidative stress: Echo Water®. This unique water, also called hydrogen-enriched water, contains molecular hydrogen, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Over 1,000 studies show that molecular hydrogen reduces oxidative stress and inflammation, both generally throughout the body and when associated with specific diseases or conditions. Synergy Science™ has a line of machines to help you turn the simple act of drinking water into a way to help reduce oxidative stress and lessen the symptoms of 145 diseases.

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Oxidative stress can make you feel fatigued and sore.

The Takeaway

A new year is about new opportunities and renewed hope. If you truly want to work toward better health, take these steps to reduce oxidative stress. Although you can’t necessarily avoid the imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants that causes oxidative stress, you can help correct it. Start the new year off right by incorporating these steps into your life for a healthier future. (5)

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