What is Oxidative Stress?

If there’s one thing everyone seems to have in common, it’s stress. We’re busy people and we take on a lot, which can, unfortunately, leave us stressed. But did you know there are different kinds of stress? And sometimes, our bodies are undergoing stress that has nothing to do with being stuck in traffic or taking on a new project at work. One such example is oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is the imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants within the body.


“Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons. The uneven number allows them to easily react with other molecules.”[1] This interaction is called oxidation, which isn’t generally a problem in and of itself — it’s necessary for functions in the body and free radicals can help fight off pathogens. However, if there are more free radicals in your body than antioxidants, which donate a spare electron and stabilize free radicals, those free radicals can do damage to fatty tissue, proteins, and even DNA which can result in a multitude of health challenges.

Yikes! If you weren’t feeling stressed before, we bet you are now!

How do we avoid free radicals? Well… you can’t, not entirely. They’re a natural process that happens within the body. However, there are other factors that can be at play, some of which can be avoided like the ozone (okay, not that one), certain pesticides and cleaners, cigarette smoke, radiation, pollution, and certain dietary choices. So what can we do? A big factor is paying attention to lifestyle choices: always wear sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays and definitely don’t smoke! But above all, your first line of defense is going to be your diet. Your food is fuel, so make sure you’re putting premium in your body! There are tons of foods that are rich in antioxidants like berries, beans, or even dark chocolate (in moderation, of course). If you’re on the go, you can always grab a packet of our Bod•ē Strong, which  features a full spectrum of vitamins, plant sourced minerals, proprietary phytonutrient blend, along with 20mg of plant-sourced silica known to help maintain healthy skin, hair and nails.* This proprietary formula may just be the most powerful liquid antioxidant available anywhere! Our flagship TEN also protects your cells against damaging oxidative stress like a bodyguard for your cells, fighting off those free radicals.* Be sure to check out our clinical studies on our website!

So don’t stress about oxidative stress--you’ve got this!


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[1] Dix, RN, BSN, Megan. “Everything You Should Know about Oxidative Stress” Healthline, Healthline Media. https://www.healthline.com/health/oxidative-stress#effects.