Oxidative Stress Treatment in Santa Monica, CA
Oxidation is a chemistry term for removing electrons from a molecule—in its simplest explanation; these are tiny substances deep in your body's cells that make up who we are. The result of oxidation is molecular damage.
Imagine a rusty piece of metal. The metal was exposed to oxygen and oxidation caused rust. Oxidation inside your body combined with other factors from the environment also cause damage—this is oxidative stress.
To meet with a healthcare practitioner in Santa Monica who can evaluate oxidation in your body and provide oxidative stress treatment as necessary, please call (424) 365-1800 or contact Vitality Integrative Medicine online.
Causes of Oxidative Stress
Oxygen is necessary for our bodies to function correctly, but too much of it can cause damage. When oxygen is breathed in, it joins with the food in our bodies during digestion.
This is a normal process that's necessary for life, but it also creates some unstable molecules that can damage others around them. You may know these unstable molecules by their more popular name—free radicals .
Free radicals strip electrons from other molecules around them in an attempt to stabilize their structure. When they strip electrons, the molecules they took electrons from become unstable creating a chain reaction of damage inside the body.
Over time, aging and age-related disease can develop from the effects of free radicals inside your body. Natural defenses against free radicals do exist (antioxidants), but if you don't support your body with the nutrients and lifestyle it needs to fight back, your body may lose the battle.
Symptoms of Oxidative Stress
There are a variety of health issues that can be influenced by oxidative stress. Because oxidation isn't limited to one body system or area, you may see the symptoms emerge in just about any part of the body.
Sometimes we consider getting sick to be part of “getting old”, but it isn't meant to be that way. Some of the most common conditions related to oxidative stress include:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Macular degeneration
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Oxidative Stress Treatment
You can raise your body's defenses against oxidative stress and free radicals with specific foods and nutrients. Make sure you see a healthcare provider before adding any supplements or vitamins to your diet. If you decide to change what you eat and you're on a special diet, take extra caution.
Choosing antioxidant rich foods and health supplements can help eliminate oxidative stress. These include:
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- Trace elements like selenium, copper, and zinc
- Foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits, black tea and carrots
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We know that diets rich in fruits and vegetables are beneficial to your body in many ways. People who follow this type of diet do tend to live longer, healthier lives than those who don't but we can't say for sure if the antioxidant factor is the only reason.
If you are interested in boosting your body's defense against oxidative stress, consider seeing a functional medicine doctor who can help you identify your body's own unique needs.
Functional medicine providers guide you in the use of nutrients and supplements to help your body be healthy for years to come.
Call (424) 365-1800 or contact Vitality Integrative Medicine online to request additional information on oxidative stress.
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