In today’s world, we are exposed to a number of stressors and toxins on a daily basis. These stressors include radiation from cell phones, computers and wireless networks as well as chemicals in our food and personal care products. Exposure to these stressors causes an increase in the production of free radicals, which leads to oxidative stress. Reducing your exposure to stress and toxins is challenging, but there are many ways you can reduce the amount of oxidative stress in your life. These tips will help you decrease your exposure to toxins and stressors, which will ultimately reduce oxidative stress in your life.
Go on a detox diet.
A detox diet is designed to help your body get rid of harmful toxins. Many people who follow a detox diet eliminate processed foods, animal products and certain types of carbohydrates. Diets like these are rich in fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables that are very high in antioxidants and can help fight the oxidative stress in your body.
Exercising regularly can help reduce your exposure to toxins and boost your immune system. Exercisers have a lower risk of exposure to toxins like mercury, carbon monoxide and pesticides, as well as reduced exposure to air pollution. Regular exercise can also help boost your mood, which can help reduce your stress levels.
Eat a diet rich in antioxidants.
Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help reduce oxidative stress in your body. Antioxidants can help get rid of free radicals (harmful molecules that can damage cells in your body), which can cause oxidative stress. They are found in a wide variety of foods, including blueberries, broccoli, dark chocolate and tomatoes. You can also get antioxidants from supplements like Quercetin, NAC, NMN and Resveratrol.
Use natural personal care products.
The personal care products that you use on your skin and hair every day come into contact with your body’s largest organ. Unfortunately, many beauty products contain harmful chemicals that can cause oxidative stress. Look for products that are labeled “all natural” or “organic”, or that are certified by a third-party organization. You can also make your own beauty products with natural ingredients.
Stay away from EMFs.
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are produced by all appliances and devices that run on electricity. These fields are invisible lines of energy that travel through your home and work environment. While EMFs cannot be seen or felt, they can be harmful. The damage caused by EMFs is called oxidative stress. You can reduce your exposure to EMFs by choosing to use a hardwired phone rather than a cordless phone. You can also use a noise-cancelling headset, turn off your computer when you’re not using it, put your phone on airplane mode when you’re in an area with high EMF levels and don’t hold your phone up to your ear when you’re in a high-EMF area.
Get enough sleep.
Deficient sleep has been linked to oxidative stress. Studies have shown that getting less than six hours of sleep per night can increase your level of oxidative stress. Aim to get seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. If you have trouble falling asleep, try some relaxation techniques like meditating, going for a walk or doing yoga. You might also benefit from avoiding blue light before bed, which can disrupt sleep patterns
Exposure to toxins and stressors leads to oxidative stress in your body. Reducing your exposure to toxins and managing stress will help reduce the amount of oxidative stress in your life. Some of the ways you can reduce your exposure to toxins and stressors include going on a detox diet, exercising daily, eating a diet rich in antioxidants, using natural personal care products, staying away from EMFs and getting enough sleep.