You make antioxidants… What's the main key word there? ANTI-oxidation. These are important to understand because they offset the oxidative process. In scientific terms, you’ll hear them termed “Reactive Oxygen Species” so when you see that term or “ROS” - you’ll know it’s bad for you.
We take the air we breathe and normally utilize the oxygen to produce energy.
It’s somewhat more complicated than that but the point is that we constantly use oxygen for hundreds of biochemical reactions, every split second of the day. Oxygen is needed for every breath we take. You know oxygen by its molecular symbol, O2. The “O” is for oxygen, and the number 2 means there are 2 oxygen atoms bonded together. We know O2 is life-giving and healthy.
In fact, it's the most stable form of oxygen. Peroxide, on the hand, is quite harmful, while water is life-giving (and yet only one oxygen atom separates them).
Let's break this down further...
H2O is water (it has one oxygen molecule)
H2O2 is peroxide (it has two oxygen molecules)
The thousands of various bodily processes create highly unstable particles that are very touchy-touchy (reactive) and you know these molecules as “free radicals.”
They are anything but free!
Your liver is one of the best antioxidant labs in the world!
In fact, your liver makes for you all kinds of antioxidants including Superoxide Dismutase, Glutathione, CoQ10, and Catalase.
At least enough to deal with all the oxidative stress you subject yourself to on a day-to-day basis. You're exposed to pollution, toxins, and awful chemicals that weren't floating around in any time in human history except for now.
In other words - your body is taking a beating. And that's what is also contributing to you feeling tired, having poor short-term memory, and getting more wrinkles and grey hairs.
You overwhelm your system with what you do, what you eat, drink, breathe, and think!
But here's the underlying problem...
No matter how hard you try to avoid toxins, you are going to be exposed to them and you’re always experiencing some degree of stress. That’s your body’s cue to rise to the occasion and produce more antioxidants, or your cue to consume healthier foods or supplements.
And what are the signs of insufficient antioxidant production? Some signs are when your body ages faster and your health declines all at the same time. Think of joint aches, blurry vision, wrinkles, grey hair, and DNA damage.