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An Overview on Oxidative Stress, Polyphenols & Antioxidants

Dr. Joel BaumgartnerDear Friends and Valued Customers,

Today, I'm excited to share another original video that our team produced recently with Dr. Joel Baumgartner, a member of the Swanson Advisory Board. Dr. Baumgartner is a board certified physician with a specialized fellowship in non-surgical orthopedics and sports medicine. He earned his medical degree right here in our home state at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, and completed his family practice residency at the University of North Dakota. If you missed last week's post, you can click here to find Dr. Baumgarner's video about Testosterone.

In today's video below, Dr. Baumgartner talks about the damages caused by oxidative stress and how we can minimize this damage. He shares a few simple lifestyle suggestions to help reduce oxidative stress and also covers which foods and supplements are high in polyphenols and antioxidants, which can help protect your cellular health. Enjoy this short video below and please share your knowledge below in the comments section. 

As always, I wish you the very best of health.

 

Video Transcript

So the first topic I thought we'd talk about today will be, you know, things like polyphenols, and vitamin C, and different antioxidants, and how that can help your immune system and your oxidative stress.

So we hear a lot about stress and we hear a lot about, you know, oxidative stress and free radicals and those kinds of things. Really what an oxidative stress would be, it's anything in the environment that's either physically or chemically harming you. So it could be pollutions in air. It could be toxins in your food. It could be drinking polluted water. Even a lot of food gets a bad rap from the some of the things in the additives, and things that are in it.

Environmentally, you can have things that cause stress like, the water, the air. There's also effects of, you know, emotional stress. You're stressed at work, you've got to be productive, relationships with your spouse, all these things all kind of have a taxation on our body which causes "stress".

Now there are things that we're finding with different studies that you can do that actually can combat stress. Some of them are very simple, like getting a good night's sleep, you know, sleeping for eight hours. That's very helpful for repairing the body, helping our cells repair. When it comes to being healthy, it comes down to the cellular levels. So if we could analyze all of our little cells with a microscope, we could see how healthy those cells are. So what we need to do is things that are going to make those cells healthy, so, sleeping well.

Another thing we can do is we can make better choices when it comes to eating. So we can choose foods that are clean, foods that are fresh, more green, leafy vegetables, fruits, those kind of things.

One that we're finding too, is things called polyphenols. Well basically, a polyphenol is, it's a super-antioxidant. You can find it in the skin of berries, fruits, vegetables, those kinds of things, and certain grains and nuts. But what these polyphenols are, they're just a very strong antioxidant, which, basically, when you ingest that, it goes in the body, helps to clean things up. So there's definitely some food sources out there for it. There's also different supplements that you can take that are very helpful.

Also, simple things like increasing your ingestion of things, like vitamin C. Vitamin C is very simple. That's in all of the citrus fruits and those kinds of things. So when it comes to oxidative stress and how it's affecting our body, the first thing you want to do is think, 'What can I do to change my lifestyle?' Get rid of some of those stresses, have that conversation with your spouse or your boss. Number two is, do I need to eliminate some environmental stresses. It could be happening, am I drinking good water? Bad water? Am I drinking a lot or eating a lot of foods that have a lot of toxins in them, or possibly mercury or heavy metal, then finally, can I ingest things that go into my body that don't cause harm, but can cause helpful things, like the different antioxidants that we've discussed.

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