Oxidative stress is quite simply any damage made to the cells of the body. This damage is caused by Free Radicals which are a buildup of toxins within the body. As the body journeys through its lifecycle, it is exposed to countless sources of free radicals or toxicity every single day, all of which contributes to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is what causes the body to age and is the root origin behind many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Fibromyalgia, eye disease, arthritis and many others.
Some oxidative stress contributors consist of a poor diet, lack of sleep, drugs, medications, processed food, air and water pollutants, sugar, mental stress, pesticides, alcohol, tobacco or any other form of exposure to toxicity or contaminants. The best defenses against free radicals are antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals that are present in the body and allow the body to heal and cleanse itself on the cellular level. Many different forms of antioxidants are naturally produced within the body to defend against free radicals and oxidative stress. However, when we abuse our body beyond self-repair we need an extra helping hand from external antioxidant sources such as nutritious foods and vitamin and mineral supplementation.