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the cycle of cell damage

Free radicals are naturally occurring byproducts of normal processes in our bodies, but their production is increased by our lifestyle and environment - everything from the food we eat, the air we breathe and the stresses of everyday living have an effect on free radical production. If left unchecked, free radicals set off a chain reaction that can cause damage to cells and even cell death, through a process called oxidation. Numerous studies indicate that oxidative stress often accelerates aging and increases the risk of diseases and cancers (1-4).

 

 

Molecular Level The Free Radical Effect

A free radical is a molecule with an unpaired electron. If a free radical is not neutralized, it leads to cell damage that can wreak havoc on the human body.

 

The Importance of Measuring Aldehydes

Each year, people around the world spend billions on products and services aimed at curbing free radicals and their harmful effects - but often they do this without insight into whether our efforts are working. Fortunately, byproducts of oxidative stress can be measured. When free radicals oxidize cells, aldehydes are produced(5-6). These aldehydes migrate into the blood stream and then volatize in the lungs, where they are released through our breath.

By measuring aldehydes, we can gain powerful insight into our body’s current state of oxidation caused by free radicals - in a way that’s simple and pain-free. This insight can help us understand how lifestyle and environmental factors affect our body’s ability to neutralize free radicals and over time, help us navigate a path to lead healthier lives.

 

Treating the Mind & Body

State of mindA peaceful, balanced mind can reduce stress and lessen cell damage.
Daily HabitsSmoking, drinking and living a sedentary life can increase cell damage and cause greater risk of accelerated aging and disease.
Active LifestyleLiving an active lifestyle with routine exercise can help lower levels of cell damage.
DietEating a healthy, antioxidant enriched diet can reduce the production of free radicals.