The DNA is threatened by oxidative stress
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The negative side effects of metabolism

Enemy number two: Oxidative stress

Enemy number two: oxidative stress occurs when the body's cells are attacked by aggressive oxygen molecules called free radicals. Free radicals are the by-product of the transformation of food into energy.  We burn sugars, carbohydrates and fats on a cellular level with the help of oxygen, an extremely reactive gas that forms one fifth of the air we breathe. During this process, individual oxygen molecules continually break free and attack our cells.  Our body consists of 100,000,000,000,000 miniature cellular ‘power plants’, and every single second every one of them loses control over the tens of thousands of free radicals attacking it. This creates an effect inside our tissues that's comparable to rusting, and our cells' protective mechanisms are only able to cope with the attacking oxidizing molecules to a certain degree.  

Both types of damaging processes – inflammatory stress and oxidative stress – can occur entirely beneath the surface, without any alarming outward symptoms, for decades.

Today, our modern lifestyle plays its part in aggravating the situation like never before.  Environmental pollution of the air, soil and water, radiation (including that emitting from computers, laptops and TV screens), tobacco smoke, and pesticides are particularly apt to increase both the aggressiveness and the number of free radicals surrounding us every day. In addition, the heavy metals that accumulate in our bodies and even stress cause these destructive free radicals to multiply to such an extent that the harmful effects can no longer be alleviated through our bodies' normal means.

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