What is Oxidative Stress?
Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between the production of Reactive Oxygen Species (molecules) and the body's ability to detoxify them or repair the resulting damage. ROS are highly reactive and can cause damage to cells, proteins, and DNA. This oxidative damage can lead to diseases that can seriously alter your life.
Let’s explore oxidative stress in greater detail and learn more about the impact it has on the human body, as well as the potential benefits of adding Red Light Therapy as part of your wellness plan.
Red Light Therapy for Oxidative Stress-Related Diseases:
Red Light Therapy continues to gain attention as an effective therapeutic option for a number of illnesses and diseases. Oxidative stress can damage cells, tissues, organs, and contribute to the development of many adverse health conditions and mental health issues.
Our medical-grade Whole Body Pods expose the body to four wavelengths of red and near-infrared light that stimulates cellular energy production and reduces the chronic inflammation associated with oxidative stress.
A study from PubMed in December 2022 shared this about Photobiomodulation (also known as Red Light Therapy) “Based on grade practice recommendations, PBMT (photobiomodulation) can be classified as strongly recommended for moderate grade of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and recommended for Anxiety Disorder. In Bipolar Disorder.” Research is ongoing to fully understand all of the benefits of Red Light Therapy for oxidative stress-related diseases, and these early findings suggest that it may be a promising therapeutic option.
The Link Between Oxidative Stress and Your Health:
While some level of oxidative stress is normal, excessive amounts can lead to a variety of health problems. This imbalance between free radicals (unstable molecules) and antioxidants can also be due to environmental factors like pollution and radiation can increase oxidative stress.
Lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and poor diet can also increase the level of oxidative stress and make our bodies less efficient at repairing the damage they cause. When oxidative stress becomes chronic, it can lead to increased inflammation and has been linked to the following diseases:
We have learned that oxidative stress can damage cells and contribute to illness and disease, but how can oxidative stress be managed at home?
Increase your intake of antioxidant-rich foods like berries and leafy greens.
Eat tree nuts like walnuts, pecans, which are high in antioxidants, as long as you don’t have nut allergies.
Consider adding flaxseeds and chia seeds to your diet, as they contain antioxidants polyphenols.
Limit sugar intake to reduce inflammation.
Eliminate processed foods from your diet.
Take supplements that contain antioxidants like vitamin C or E.
If you are a smoker, consider quitting.
Incorporating the strategies shown above into your daily routine can help protect your health and well-being by reducing the negative effects of oxidative stress on your body. It is also important to be mindful of any food allergies you might have when considering certain foods in order to avoid adverse reactions.
We know oxidative stress occurs when there is a cellular imbalance and damaged cells are present, and that it can lead to a wide range of illnesses and diseases. There are things you can do to reduce your risk now, such as dietary and lifestyle changes, and adding Red Light Therapy to your wellness plan can increase the potential for healthier outcomes and improve your level of well-being.
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A. J. Harewood
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