8 Steps to Fight Oxidative Stress

A lot of anxiety surrounds disease nowadays, as people seem to be getting sick left and right, and it’s not clear why. Most of you know at least one person who has suffered a heart attack, courageously battled breast cancer, or faced down some other formidable illness like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. But what about oxidative stress?

While many people stress and worry about falling victim to a deadly health crisis, most feel powerless to protect themselves from such a scary fate. Disease is far less random than commonly believed and plenty can be done to prevent it. All disease comes down to a single factor: too much oxidative stress in your body.

Oxidation is a normal component of the body’s healthy metabolic activity. But thanks to highly toxic lifestyles, a state of highly increased oxidative stress (IOS) is becoming the norm. This is the source of all disease. Anyone who wishes to stay healthy should identify and eliminate all ongoing new sources of oxidative stress on a daily basis.

Surprisingly, the biggest source of IOS is the toxins that hidden dental infections cause, particularly infected teeth, infected gums, and infected tonsils. In fact, studies show that root- canal-treated teeth and chronically infected gums cause at least 90 percent of heart attacks and 70 percent of breast cancers. Treating these kinds of infections in the mouth is a vital step in decreasing your toxic load (and thus decreasing IOS). Lots of other ways exist to suppress the influx of toxins present in the body and reduce levels of oxidative stress.

Identify and eliminate chronic infections, usually in the mouth!

Infections of the teeth are a significant source of pathogenrelated toxins. These infections are asymptomatic and often not seen on a standard x-ray. However, dentists can see them by using 3D x-ray imaging. I advise having a baseline physical evaluation and 3D x-ray of the mouth. Over time, you can use this baseline result to indicate the presence of new infections in the roots of the teeth.

Measure your C-reactive protein (CRP) level.

C-reactive protein in the plasma indicates the level of inflammation in your body. Although the normal range for this test is usually 0 to 3, your CRP should ideally be well below 1. Anything higher is an indication of increased oxidative stress.

Balance your hormones.

Low estrogen levels in women, low testosterone levels in men, and low thyroid hormones in both men and women all result in increased oxidative stress. And when oxidative stress increases?throughout the body, any focal infections present in the teeth and gums are more likely to become metastatic. Therefore, it?s important to keep these hormone levels well within the normal range at all times.

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Normal thyroid function is particularly important in preventing infected teeth and gums from producing increased oxidative stress throughout the body. Traditional thyroid testing reliably diagnoses only extreme thyroid problems and misses more subtle forms of dysfunction. Patients should request T3 and reverse-T3 tests to analyze their thyroid health correctly. Many people need to supplement with T3 as well as desiccated thyroid to restore function.

Assimilate micronutrients by consuming blended smoothies.

The standard American diet consists of highly processed foods that lack beneficial micronutrients. Furthermore, thanks to compromised gut health, many people fail to fully digest their food, which then putrefies and creates a host of toxins and toxic metabolic byproducts. To combat poor digestion and get the most nutrition from your food, I recommend pulverizing a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, into a nutrient-rich smoothie on a daily basis. This ensures that you take in as many micronutrients as possible, which defends against IOS.

Stay away from calcium supplements.

Despite its popularity for treating osteoporosis, calcium supplementation is simply never beneficial and should be avoided. When your vitamin-D level is properly adjusted, you get all the calcium you need through your diet.

Avoid iron and copper as well.

In addition to calcium, iron and copper are toxic nutrients. They are essential for life in a limited dosage, but become progressively toxic in larger doses. You should never take an iron supplement unless you have an iron-deficiency anemia. Additionally, you should never eat foods that have been fortified with these nutrients. (Read your food labels; many processed foods contain added iron!)

Use caution with fat-soluble vitamins.

Unlike water-soluble vitamins, which demonstrate little to no toxicity in any dose, vitamins A, D3, and E can eventually be pushed to toxic levels as they become increasingly concentrated in the liver and fatty tissues of the body. Exert caution when supplementing with high doses of them. Vitamin-D supplementation requires some blood testing to make sure the dosing is correct. Vitamin K is the one fat-soluble vitamin that has no toxicity.

Sweat out your toxins in a far-infrared sauna.

Sweating is a much-too-little recognized way to safely detox your body. Many chelating drugs pull toxins from your tissues but don’t fully remove them from your body. This can allow the toxins to cause more mischief as they mobilize and travel to new tissues. Sweating pushes the toxins directly out of the body, exposing you to little acute toxicity in the process. A far-infrared sauna is superior for removing toxins because of the way the sauna heats the body. However, aerobic exercise?and the sweating caused by aerobic exercise?is also an excellent way to detoxify.

Chronically increased oxidative stress can be bad news if left unchecked. But luckily great ways to combat it abound. In a few simple steps, you can lower your toxic load, stop oxidative stress that might otherwise become deadly, and remove yourself from the danger zone of disease.

Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, is the author of Hidden Epidemic: Silent Oral Infections Cause Most Heart Attacks and Breast Cancers (MedFox Publishing). He is a board-certified cardiologist, a lawyer, and the author of 10 other medical books.

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