Busting stress for total body health in 2024
When you think about sources of chronic stress, the usual suspects probably spring to mind: long days at work, an overloaded schedule, nagging health worries, financial burdens, or chaos at home. And it’s true: These stressors can weigh down your health dramatically—especially if you’re navigating one or all of them on a daily basis.
That’s why we believe that stress reduction should sit at the top of your list of resolutions in the New Year. (It’s one of our key Elements of Wellness and stress-reducing ingredients are included in our GDtoxSel for a reason—it really is that important.)
Today, though, we want to talk to you about a different kind of stress—one that may not be as obvious as a traffic jam, but that causes just as much trouble if you don’t take proper steps to manage it…
What is oxidative stress?
Oxidative stress (OS) is what occurs when your body’s load of free radicals outnumbers the antioxidants available to neutralize them.
Free radicals, as you may already know, are volatile molecules that interact with other molecules in our bodies to generate abnormal cells. They’re not always a problem—in fact, they’re a normal and natural byproduct of metabolism and detoxification.
But when your body is burdened with more than its able to manage on its own, that’s when the trouble starts—resulting in cellular mutations, tissue breakdown, and weakened immunity. So it should come as no surprise that oxidative stress is a factor behind more than 100 different diseases.
This is why antioxidants are so critical to your health. These molecules scavenge unstable free radicals and give them the electrons they need to behave like normal cells. And keeping your body’s balance in check is one of the most critical things you can do for lifelong wellness.
Reining in oxidative stress
Reducing your exposure to toxins—from cigarette smoke, excess alcohol, pesticides, and personal care products, to name a few common sources—is one way to limit your free radical load.
Eating according to the XY Wellness Diet—which is packed with antioxidant-rich foods—is another way. But this is one case where the right combination of nutraceutical supplements can provide critical added support...
Extra doses of one or two antioxidants can help, but you’re always going to see better results when you take a “cocktail” of key nutrients, including vitamins D, C, and E, selenium, zinc, and alpha lipoic acid. (Antioxidants tend to have a more synergistic effect on the body when consuming a variety of kinds compared to single vitamins.)
GDtoxSel was carefully formulated to balance nutrients to combat oxidative stress and promote detoxification. And no year-round supplement regimen would be complete without it. So, if you haven’t already added it to your daily routine for the New Year, there’s no day like today to start.
Until next time,
The XY Wellness Team