Today’s busy, chaotic and stressful lifestyles often leave us feeling fatigued, tense and prone to illness and disease. There are many reasons for this, but oxidative stress is an often overlooked culprit. Some common symptoms of oxidative stress include outward signs of aging, diminishing eyesight, headaches, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, frequent illness and brain fog/memory loss.
What Causes Oxidative Stress?
Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the amount of free radicals in your body and the antioxidants produced that counteract them. When you are young, your body naturally produces and abundance of them. This is why your vision and memory are sharp, you have loads of energy and you don’t get sick as easily. As you age, however, your body doesn’t produce the antioxidants needed to fend off toxins in your body.
How Do You Know If You Have Oxidative Stress?
One surefire way to know you are experiencing this common problem is frequent illness. If you seem to be catching one cold after the next, then you likely have an imbalance. This can be caused by actual stress as well as environmental toxins. Pollution, cigarette smoke, molds and fungus, toxic cleaning supplies and other pollutants.
What Can You Do?
Limit exposure to toxins such as smoke, cleaning fumes and mold. Increase your intake of antioxidant-rich foods like berries and green veggies such as asparagus. Manage stress by getting plenty of sleep, exercising, meditating and other forms of self-care.
What Is NRF2?
It is a protein that is found in each cell of the body. The protein must be activated to do its job, which is to fight the free radicals present in the body and keep damage from occurring.
Free radical damage can be prevented by limiting exposure to toxins, and by increasing antioxidants in the body.
People are often encouraged to eat more vegetables and to take supplements rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C and E.
While NRF2 is present in all cells, there must be an activator in order for it to do its job. Certain foods can trigger this activation. Eating a nutrient-rich diet and avoiding inflammatory foods like sugar can help your body stay in balance.