Last night I was at a meeting with several dynamic speakers. One is a 3-time cancer survivor pharmacologist, another a neuroscientist and another layperson, like me, with a passion for helping others. Before I elaborate, in case you don’t know, oxidative stress is the root cause of over 200 diseases. Knowing that you NEED to reduce your oxidative stress if you want to live longer and minimize the risk of getting most diseases. These speakers provided the following ways that you can start right now.
- The awareness that you have oxidative stress and reduce your exposure to free radicals. Free radicals are chemicals, the energy from wi-fi, your cell phone, second-hand smoke (assuming you are also not smoking.)
- Exercise regularly. I was recently at the doctor and he said, that all I really need to do is a simple 30-minute walk every day. if you don’t have time, add a step tracker to your phone so that you can monitor your activity and strive for those 10,000 steps a day. I’m a binge exerciser, you’ll see my posts on Facebook about my weekly hikes or other types of excursions. I’m like you, room for improvement.
- You are what you eat. Limit processed foods. The kick for clean, raw foods is not a phase, it’s a practicality to reducing the number of toxins put into your body. Organic food is not a gimmick, it’s become a necessity because of how all foods are preserved and treated with pesticides.
- Eat foods that are a source of antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables have many essential antioxidants that are not easily created on their own in your body. I’ll post a list of antioxidant foods soon so you can have a handy list when you go shopping.
- Reduce your exposure to pollution, ie., traffic, and harsh chemicals, cleaning supplies.
Uncontrolled oxidative stress can accelerate the aging process, increase inflammation and make you more vulnerable for infection. You can take these steps and minimize what you can control. There are also alternatives today with NRF2 activation. NRF2 activation turns on your cell’s ability to make more antioxidants. You don’t need to buy more antioxidants, you just need a NRF2 activator and your body will do the rest.