• Caroline O'Hagan

What is Oxidative Stress? Take this handy quiz to see if it could be affecting your health!

Updated: Sep 20, 2018

Oxidative stress. You've probably heard of it, it was a big buzz phrase a few years back, anti-oxidants suddenly added to everything, blah blah. But what is it? Why is it important to know if you could be a victim of its effects?

Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the bodys natural production of free radicals, and its ability to neutralise them or eradicate them. The harmful effects of oxidative stress over time include tissue damage, chronic disease, pain and inflammation. Think of rust or how an apple goes brown once you expose its flesh to oxygen. It can cause all kinds of problems, at a cellular level, and is responsible for many of the major disease states that you hear about all the time. Find out more --> Here

To find out if you should be wary of Oxidative stress and what it could be doing to your body and your health, take this questionnaire to see if you might be suffering from oxidative stress!! If you answer YES to more than 5 of the following questions, then we should probably have a chat!

- Do you react to high levels of pollution? - Are you sensitive to chemical smells, smoke or perfumes? - Do you regularly feel fatigued or lethargic? - Do you suffer from joint and/or muscle pain? - Are you frequently exposed to pesticides or chemical cleaning products at home or work? - Are you a cigarette smoker? - Are you exposed to second hand smoke? - Do you drink daily? (4 drinks for men, 2 for women?) - Are you exposed to less than 15 minutes of sunlight per day? - Do you regularly get sunburnt? - Do you exercise less than 30 minutes daily or more than 15 hours per week? - Do you take prescription medications? - Do you feel stressed, regularly? - Do you suffer from insomnia or sleep less than 6 hours per night? - Is your diet high in processed foods, trans fats and sugars? - Do you eat less than 5 serves of Vegetables and 2 serves of fruit per day? - Do you eat mostly non-organic foods? - Do you drink unfiltered water? - Are you exposed to radiation regularly? (x-rays, computer screens, frequent air travel?) - Have you been diagnosed with diabetes, insulin resistance, neurodegenerative diseases, or cardiovascular diseases?

If you answered yes to more than 5 of the above questions, you are likely to be suffering from the symptoms of oxidative stress. I can help you to reduce the effects and symptoms and find your path to better health, naturally!

(Taken from the Oxidative Stress Questionnaire from Eagle Natural Health)

Even if you feel generally well now and have no known conditions, waiting until there are symptoms makes it even harder to reduce them in the long run. Talk to me about how to reduce the effects free radicals are having on you, and how you can prevent future issues arising!

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