How the body heals itself
At the cellular level the body produces two types of
reactive molecules that support virtually all of the functionsof the immune system and the tissue regeneration response.
redox signaling molecules
are created in each of our 75trillion cells during the metabolism of sugar that producesATP, the body’s primary source of energy. Redox signaling
molecules participate in intra- and inter-cellular damage
control communications, activation of antioxidants, cellular
protection and defenses against toxins and free radicals, andin the healing process.The body is constantly working to balance cellular health by using these reactive molecules to rid the body of harmful
components and to clean up the oxidative stress and free
radical damage that occurs at the cellular level. When these
reactive molecules are in the proper balance the immune
system functions at its optimal level.
Under attack from all sides
Science is confirming that our lifestyles and environment
are increasing the stress we are putting on our bodies. The
food we eat, the way we live and the environment around us
all contribute to greater stress on our bodies and our immune
systems. As this stress increases, our bodies have to work harder
and harder to maintain proper chemical balance. In many
cases, the reactive molecules produced by the body fall out of
balance and the immune system simply does not have what it
needs to function properly.
What is the danger in oxidative stress?
Oxidative stress occurs when cells are damaged by toxins,microbes, oxygen starvation or age. It is marked by the build-
up of excess oxidants, the result of an imbalance in the body’s
cellular chemistry. Oxidative stress can cause chain reaction