What’s the deal with exercise and free radical damage?

10/25/16 – Skin Health

There are lots of things to know about free radicals, but one question continues to come up: How does exercise affect free radical production in the body? The answer is a little more complex than you might think.

First, most of us can agree, exercise is good for us, right? While there certainly are positive effects exercise has on our bodies, there are some downsides (don’t tell your trainer!).

Exercising increases our bodies’ oxygen use by 10, even 20, times its resting rate. That’s a lot of oxidation going on! And oxidation is the exact byproduct of free radicals trying to find balance.

So, exercise causes free radicals? Well, technically, yes. So we should stop exercising? Absolute not! Luckily, our bodies are pretty smart. Working out (and all its positive benefits) creates countermeasures to the harmful effects of free radicals, helping keep the balance.  To help your body cope with all the oxidation taking place, here are a few tips.

The first thing: Don’t wait until the weekends to get moving! Staying active throughout the week, a little every day, keeps our bodies primed and ready to produce free-radical-fighting countermeasures. Secondly, taking dietary supplements, like Heliocare®, help your skin protect itself from the harmful effects of free radicals.*

Between a steady workout routine, a healthy diet, and beneficial supplements, you’ll be all set to exercise anytime.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sources:
http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/antiox.html

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