Oxidative Stress occurs in our bodies when the amount of free radicals exceed our capacity to neutralize them. What exactly are free radicals? Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage the cells in your body. They are single atoms with unpaired electrons and some are just a regular part of the natural aging process. But it’s also a fancy word for the toxins that inundate our environment. Every day your body is hit with 10,000 free radicals per cell, and there are 37.2 trillion cells in the human body! How do we fight them naturally when there are so many? Many think foods containing anti-oxidants are the answer, and don’t get me wrong, they are good and necessary. However, since 1 blueberry kills 1 free radical, you’d have to eat 10,000 blueberries a day just to help one cell. That’s like throwing a bucket of water on a house fire!

So where do these toxins come from? The world around us is full of cell destroying products from the air we breathe to the cell phones in our pockets. In fact, woman apply over 300 chemicals to their bodies each day because of all our beautifying products. Your laundry soap, dish washing detergent, and air fresheners are all culprits. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our everyday products. They found 884 to be toxic, and 314 actually caused genetic mutation! So getting rid of the toxins and replacing them with healthy alternatives isn’t just needed, it’s imperative.

Our bodies are actually made to get rid of these nasty little guys. Our DNA boasts a system in the Nrf2 pathway that produces the enzymes necessary to beat out the toxins. They are enzymes with big words like super oxide dismutate, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase. Our problem is that we are so overloaded with toxins, our mitochondria are too damaged to produce the enzymes it needs. And aging does its own damage, killing off 1% of our glutathione every year from the day we are born.

What happens when we have an overabundance of oxidative stress? The result can sneak up on us in the form of lethargy, inability to focus, trouble sleeping, unexplained pain, skin issues, and stress. The longer these occur, and the more toxic buildup, the worse the symptoms get. Inflammatory diseases, depression, ADHD, and the 200 other diseases associated with oxidative stress, can eventually result in cancer and other incurable diseases (see the chart above).

So how do we get rid of all this yuck? Luckily, scientists have discovered the effect of oxidative stress on our bodies and have been working hard to find ways to combat it. One such scientist, Dr. Joe McCord, discovered a combination of all natural products, including bacopa, milk thistle, tumeric, green tea, and ashwagandha, that actually reduces your oxidative stress by 40% in 30 days, and 70% in 120 days. Those 5 ingredients each can help inflammation and stress when taken separately, but taken together in this perfect synergizer, there is 18 times more of an influence on your body’s healing. The product is called Protandim Nrf2 and you can learn more in my products category on the home page.

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