OXIDATIVE STRESS MEASUREMENT
Environmental rust - oxidation is seen in the metal we have left in the rain or in an apple that darkens over time. The problem is that this rust can also occur inside our body. We scientifically call it "oxidative stress" and its basis is unstable chemical compounds, the "free radicals" which, while normally present in our blood, the problem arises when they are overproduced. Then they start and fall on the healthy cells to stabilize, changing the structure of their proteins and destroying their DNA. Impacts of free radicals on DNA molecules are estimated at 100,000 per day. By the age of 50, 30% of our cellular proteins have been destroyed by the action of free radicals. This process is the main cause of premature aging and predisposes to a number of diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, degenerative diseases (Parkinson, Alzheimer), rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cataracts, bronchitis, etc. Free radicals are one of the main causes of obesity, but also a result of it. The "rusty" organism can not metabolize. They also destroy collagen, leading to the formation of wrinkles, and oxidize the fat we already have, predisposing to cellulite. The causes of overproduction of free radicals are: junk food, sugar, herbicides, pesticides we consume, exposure to ultraviolet radiation, chronic alcohol use, overtraining, as well as reckless use of drugs (contraceptives, etc. .) and chronic diseases (hypertension, thyroid, arthritis, autoimmune, etc.)Also it is used to the aesthetic medicine against the wrinkles and the cellulite. However , instead of these diseases , quite defined by the point of view of nosography, oxidative stress don’t exhibit his own symptomatology, don’t have his own clinical picture. Moreover, their causes, i. e. free radicals, are “invisible”. Therefore, to the clinician that don’t suspect its existence, it don’t provide any information able to suggest an adequate diagnostic intervention. Instead, the execution of some simple laboratory test should allow an immediate framing of the problem, thus avoiding to the patients a number of consequences able to compromise the duration and/or quality of life either immediately or in the medium term.
Some symptoms are:
- Memory Problems
- Poor metabolism
- Get sick more often
- Arthritis and muscle pain
- Digestive problems
(trembling, sweating, appetite for sweets)
- Low metabolism
To deal with oxidative stress we must:
Let's measure it. It is a simple blood test, where the amount of free radicals is assessed and our endogenous defense to deal with them
(mainly controlled by genes).
- Do not eat too much.
- Avoid: smoked and burnt foods, sugar and simple carbohydrates (white flour, croissants, etc.).
- Avoid excessive alcohol.
- Avoid sun exposure during 11 - 16.00.
- Avoid exposure to toxins, chemicals (buy organic vegetables) and do not eat canned and fatty fish skin such as salmon, where heavy metals accumulate.
- Stop smoking
- Do not take drugs for no reason.
- Avoid excessive, but also insufficient exercise.
- Get at least 6-7 hours of sleep.
- Improve your breathing with deep breaths and yoga.
- Consume antioxidants in your diet (polyphenols and flavonoids). Your dish should look like an impressionist table full of colors! Foods with high concentration of antioxidants are: avocado, asparagus, basil, berries, brazil nuts, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, hot pepper, clove, cumin, fish, garlic, peppercorns, garlic, peppermint, garlic nutmeg, oats, onion (increased strength), orange, groundnut, pepper, mint, pumpkin, sage, sesame, mint, spinach, sweet potato, tomato, watermelon.
- Drink green tea, cocoa and red wine.
- Take supplements - if you need to. This will be decided by your doctor, after evaluating the results. The main ones are: selenium, β-carotene, vitamins C and E and Q10