3 Ways to Treat Oxidative Stress

by Contributor ; Updated August 14, 2017

Reduce Exposure to Free Radicals

Treat oxidative stress or damage by limiting your exposure to free radicals, substances that attach themselves to your DNA and can harm the way healthy cells function. When there are too many free radicals in your environment--an area with a lot of air pollution or excessively bright sunlight--and not enough antioxidants to neutralize their behavior, oxidative stress results. Reduce the free radicals you let into you body by not smoking and using sunscreen when you are in the sun for prolonged periods.

Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Boost your natural supply of antioxidants by eating foods rich in beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C and E. Natural sources of these vitamins include many vegetables and fruits, such as apples, broccoli, peaches, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, carrots, citrus fruits and most berries. Eat at least three daily servings of antioxidant-rich produce to reap the health benefits. Switch from coffee and teas to green tea, which is high in antioxidants. Drink red wine to combat free radicals. Experiment with stir-fry recipes or other vegetarian meals to combine a variety of colorful vegetables into a healthy meal.

Exercise Regularly

Daily exercise can help prevent oxidative stress. Working out increases your body's need for oxygen, making you produce more free radicals. At the same time, exercising increases your body's defenses, decreasing oxidative damage. If you have health conditions that make it difficult for you to exercise, talk to your doctor about putting together a workout plan that won't tax your system. Start out slow and gradually increase your physical activity as you feel able.

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