”Oxidative stress causes all disease at the molecular level”
~Dr. Thomas Levy
What is Oxidative stress
Oxidative stress is often described as physiological stress on the body. This type of stress is caused by the cumulative damage done by free radicals inadequately neutralized by antioxidants. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons. This allows them to easily react with other molecules, causing harm inside the body. Antioxidants can increase your defense against free radicals by neutralizing them. Antioxidants bind to free radicals and stop them from stealing electrons from other molecules in your body. Antioxidants are found in a host of different foods and herbs.
L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is one of my favorite antioxidant free radical scavengers that is capable of cleaning up this daily mess for us. We can get Vitamin C through food and supplementation. With quality supplementation we are able to get very high doses of L-ascorbic acid into the system in a short amount of time. L-ascorbic acid can keep you out of the emergency room and even save someone’s life. Intravenous L-ascorbic acid has shown to saves lives in many studies and even kill cancer cells at an alarming rate.
Naturally occurring oxidative stress occurs from breathing air that has oxygen, the pressure of the upper teeth against the lower, low levels of environmental chemicals or spraying, breakdown of food, viruses, fungi or bacteria that enters our blood (we have several antioxidants in our body besides vitamin C to help with this), creating free radicals as a byproduct and physiological strain caused by adverse stimuli, physical, mental, or emotional, internal or external, that tend to disturb the functioning of an organism (our body has natural ways of dealing with stress). So, normal levels of oxidative stress cause cells to signal, gene transcription among other bodily functions that need to occur. So, not all oxidative stress is bad. However, this ability to naturally ward off physiological or psychological stress reactions has definite limits beyond which continued stress may cause a breakdown, although this limit varies from person to person.
Normal oxidative stress is referred to as ROS (reactive oxygen species) and RNS (reactive nitrogen species), they both live in balance with our bodies antioxidants. Damage occurs when this balance is disturbed and free radicals multiply causing our immune system to lose control, causing damage to healthy cells; this damage is known as oxidation. Electrons exist in pairs and free radicals are missing an electron, making them “react” with just about anything that comes in their path, robbing cells of one of their electrons. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can be very harmful to our healthy cells but they are also natural byproducts of cellular reactions: they are a critical part of the body’s immune system, cruising through our veins, attacking foreign invaders. White blood cells send free radicals to destroy damaged cells, bacteria and viruses. The body depends on free radicals to turn air and food into chemical energy. Antioxidants’ (vitamin C) job is to clean up the mess of free radicals so having a storage supply from the food we eat or through supplementation is like having your own personal army ready to fight anytime free radicals attack. Dr. Susan Humphries has Vitamin C success stories posted on her website.
Vitamin C levels can plummet rather quickly and they can be raised rather quickly in times of need. Consuming just 5 fruits and vegetables a day that contain Vitamin C can bring your levels up quite quickly and is a good amount to eat on a regular basis. If you need to get your levels up quickly while on the go I suggest supplementing with Sodium Ascorbate powder that will get your internal storage back up and lypo-spheric Viamin C packets to protect you from incoming invaders.
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Reducing unnecessary oxidation in the body
Avoid sugar, processed foods, genetically modified foods, gluten (keep blood sugar levels balanced) and Alcohol.
Eat foods high in Vitamin C, antioxidants and flavonoids
Practice deep breathing exercises and meditation
Exercise and/or sweat everyday (naturally detoxify)
Avoid unnecessary toxins: smoking, drugs (recreational & pharmaceutical), vaccinations, traumatic injury and infection.
Avoid unnecessary household toxins: air fresheners, chemical cleaning agents, scented candles, scented laundry detergent and dryer sheets
Oxidative Stress from physical stress
There are many kinds of physical stress in which the body reacts differently during each situation. We are going to break them up into three different categories.
Emergency stress A situation that poses an immediate threat.
Near accident in an automobile
Bad temper, bouts of intense anger
Road Rage Short temper
Persistent stress, caused by changes in the body
Uncontrolled Infectious Disease
Prolonged exposure to excessive fumes, chemicals, noise, vibration
The emergency response of the body comes into play when a person merely foresees or imagines danger, as well as in real emergency situations often causing the muscles to tense and the heart to start pounding. At time of psychological stress the person may not even be aware of the unconscious thought that produces this dramatic reaction.
The thought of danger
Prolonged grieving of a loved one
A job interview
First day at a new job
Experience of a haunted house
A thrilling play or film
The stress of having stage fright
Riding a rollercoaster for the first time
Excessive inflammation can turn into disease as can acute traumas
War, constant physical stress and trauma along with food deprivation can be stressful and very inflammatory
Death of a loved one with prolonged grieving can cause high levels of inflammation
An overload of chemicals in the body from Drugs (recreational and pharmaceutical), heavy spraying of foods and in the air, drinking tap water, if you are a smoker (cigarettes, marijuana, hookah, cigars).
Junk food and GMOS, when the body does not recognize what you are eating as food it becomes stressed, GMOs cause this Trans fats are highly inflammatory.
Working with toxic chemicals or living near industrial chemical plants
Drinking Tap Water as your main source of water
Signs of Vitamin C deficiency
Decreased Ability to fight infection
Decreased wound healing rate
Dry and Splitting Hair
Possible weight gain, slowed metabolism
Rough, dry, scaly skin
Swollen and painful joints
Weakened tooth enamel
Foods that containing Vitamin C
Guava: ½ cup 188mg
Kiwifruit: 2 kiwis 140mg
Broccoli: 1 cup chopped 82mg
Kale: 1 cup chopped 80mg
Orange: 1 medium 70mg, ¾ fresh juice has about 93mg
Grapefruit: half a fruit 39mg, ¾ cup fresh juice has about 79mg
Papayas: 1 cup chunks 88.3 mg
Green Bell Pepper: ½ cup raw 60mg, cooked 51mg,
Red Bell Pepper: 1 whole pepper 300 mg, ½ cup raw 142mg, cooked 166mg
Strawberries: ½ cup 49mg
Broccoli: ½ cup cooked 48mg
Cantaloupe: ¼ fruit 47mg
Turnip Greens: 1 cup boiled 39.5mg
Winter Squash: 1 cup baked 31mg
Butternut squash: 1 cup baked 31mg
Raspberries: 1 cup 32.2mg
Blueberries: 1 cup 14.4mg
Cranberries: 1 cup 13.3mg
Pineapple: 1 cup chunks 78.9mg whole pineapple 432mg
Grapefruit: ½ medium 39mg
Lemons: 1 fruit 18.6mg
Limes: 1 fruit 19.5mg
Tomatoes Juice: ¾ cup fresh 33mg
Parsley: 1 cup 33.25 mg
Brussel Sprouts: ½ cup cooked 48mg, 28 calories
Parsley: 1 cup 33.25 mg
Tomatoes: ¾ cup fresh 33mg
Cabbage: ½ cup cooked 28mg
Cauliflower: ½ cup raw 28mg
Sweet Potatoes: 1 medium baked 22.3mg
Watermelon: 1 cup diced 12.3mg
Spinach: ½ cup cooked 9mg
Peas: ½ cup cooked, frozen 8mg
Romain Lettuce: 1 cup chopped 1.9mg
Butter lettuce: 1 cup shredded 3.3mg
Paprika: 1 tablespoon 0.1mg
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