What is Oxidative Stress?
16.10.2017 - Bio-R, Therapies
Our body continuously releases an oxygen species that is very responsive, these are so called free radicals. Free radicals are the unstable molecules that react with other substances in your body to damage cells or create abnormal ones. Free radicals are unavoidable and are created naturally as your body performs its everyday functions. In fact, they are even necessary for some processes to support the immune system in order to attack and kill harmful elements in the body such as bacteria and pathogens and to detox.
Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants. If we produce too many free radicals through too much stress, taking medication, smoking, living in a polluted environment or eating junk food, but do not have enough antioxidants, our body can no longer defend itself against the aggressive free radicals. Such attacks occur thousands of times on a daily basis. Free radicals target and chemically interact with our weak cell components such as DNA, protein or lipid to steal their electrons in order to become stabilised. This, in turn, destabilises the cell component molecules which then seek and steal an electron from another molecule, therefore triggering a large chain of free radical reactions.
If the defense system does not function properly anymore, oxidative stress can lead to development of several long-term illnesses, such as:
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Increasing fatigue/ chronic fatigue
- Chronic infections/ chronic diseases
- Impaired wound healing
- Premature aging
The damages caused by free radicals leave foot prints and we are able to measure where and how strong the damage is. Unfortunately, there can be long lasting deficiencies within the body that one would not even notice, until the body does not function properly anymore and people become ill. This phase of underlying oxidative stress can last for years.
Our approach at The Kusnacht Practice is to help in an early stage, where no diseases or illness are present yet but we can also support our clients if the antioxidative system is already disturbed. We can individually measure the different levels of such radical metabolism and the body’s own defense. This helps us to identify any “leaks” in the client’s defense mechanisms and know exactly what is needed to rebalance the system. We are able to support with all the vitamins, minerals, trace elements and precursors to increase the antioxidative capacity. We also advise on how a client can make tailored lifestyle changes in order to increase the natural production of antioxidants. This helps to prevent all oxidative stress-related diseases and promote a more vital life.
Med. pract. Christine Fritz, Deputy Head Biomolecular Restoration and Specialist in Integrative Medicine at The Kusnacht Practice