Causes of Oxidative Stress
The trick is not to eliminate oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction, because that’s impossible, but to mediate it. We want to diminish the effects of oxidative stress. When a person is in a state of oxidative stress for a long period of time, it’s called chronic oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is inevitable in our daily lives.
Even for a healthy person, it is a good idea to diminish oxidative stress to stay biologically younger.
Many elements contribute to the cycle of unnecessary oxidative stress, including:
The list could continue on for a long time, but you get the idea. Generally, things that are bad for you cause oxidative stress and damage.
A typical elderly person will have exponentially more oxidative stress than a young person. Our ability to create an appropriate response of antioxidants decreases, allowing the oxidative stress to get more and more out of control.
Chronic diseases are often formed during periods of chronic oxidative stress. Once the disease settles in, it tends to create even more oxidative stress. This is partly why it can be so difficult to dig yourself out of the pits of chronic disease. It usually takes significant lifestyle changes and intervention to disrupt the cycle of oxidative stress.
Adversity Breeds Strength – Reducing and Mediating Oxidative Stress
Most people want to become stronger, whether it be physical, mental, or in character. As humans, we desire to progress in lifes. However, this building of strength never comes without difficulty.
An overweight person will not lose weight by sitting on the couch and hoping the fat melts off. They have to get up and exercise. When they workout, they cause microtears in the muscle, allowing the muscle to rebuild stronger than before.
As they workout, they are also causing oxidative stress.
I thought all oxidative stress was all bad?
No, I never said that. Unnecessary and chronic oxidative stress is bad.
Healthy exercise causes mild oxidative stress, which signals a different pathway in the body, stimulating an increased amount of antioxidants that will help your body regulate itself, homeostasis.
Similar to exercise, ozone therapy helps to eliminate oxidative stress by causing mild oxidative stress, signaling the correct pathway for homeostasis and balancing the body.
A drug will force the body to take a certain action. Ozone therapy is said to be different because it just helps the body to perform as it should.
Dr. Bocci, the father of ozone therapy, wrote a summary statement,
“There is a wide consensus on the relevance of the induction of protective molecules during small but repeated oxidative stress. In other words, the concept that a precisely controlled oxidative stress can strengthen the antioxidant defenses is well accepted today… Ozone therapy, not only may correct a chronic oxidative stress, but it may also stimulate untapped resources”
One clinical trial was able to display positive results in reducing oxidative stress for diabetic patients. They administered ozone therapy rectal insufflation to each of the patients (excluding the control group). All the patients who received ozone therapy had a significant decrease in oxidative stress.
Another study suggested the ability of ozone therapy to significantly increase antioxidants in patients with heart problems. They observed significant increases in the patient’s ability to produce antioxidants naturally.
These studies claim, ozone therapy may mediate and reduce oxidative stress. Smart people proactively do ozone therapy on a regular basis to reduce the effects of aging and decrease the likelihood of disease.
And here’s the kicker… Many people do ozone therapy at home for under $1 per treatment (more on that at the end of the article).
While avoiding oxidative stress is important for remaining youthful and reducing disease, it is equally important to maintain and promote our ability to utilize oxygen.
Oxygen utilization is our body’s ability to use oxygen for metabolism, a necessary process for creating energy, repairing the body, and eliminating waste; maintaining life.
Our body has to be extremely precise with its use of oxygen. Think of the precision required in building a rocket ship. The most brilliant scientists, engineers, and mathematicians all come together for the sole purpose of propelling a rocket into space. They must execute every single calculation, assembly, and preparation with absolute precision. A slight miscalculation could cause the rocket ship to explode.
Your body performs this extreme precision with oxygen, every single second.
What happens when you start to put trans fats in your body instead of healthy fats? What happens when you sit around all day? What happens when you don’t exercise your mind? What happens as you get older?
Failure to launch.
Your body starts to misappropriate the use of oxygen. Instead of creating high-performing rocket fuel for your body, it begins to throw wrenches into the system.
Dr. Frank Shallenberger, in a publicly available lecture, displayed the gradual decline of mitochondrial function due to oxygen utilization. As we age, our bodies become increasingly less capable of utilizing the oxygen we are breathe in..
Like a frog in boiling water, you might not even notice the diminished ability to utilize oxygen.
Do you go into another room, forgetting why you went in there?
Do your joints ache after exercise or long periods of sitting?
Do you gain weight more easily? Is it harder to put on muscle?
Yes, these things are just a part of aging. But there are ways to diminish the gradual trend of decreased oxygen utilization. Oxygen will affect all areas of life.
Would you like to be more clear minded, have more energy, and get in better shape? Increase your oxygen utilization.
It’s important to distinguish the difference between oxygen utilization and breathing oxygen.
Breathing oxygen only refers to the amount of oxygen you breath in, or total volume.
Oxygen utilization is how well you use the oxygen that you are breathing.
Even if you put a pulse oximeter on your finger and it reads “99%” saturation, that doesn’t mean you are using the oxygen well. It just means that you have the oxygen in your body.
Breathing in more oxygen isn’t going to help your body use it better. When oxygen enters your body, it will either metabolize fat and glucose into water and CO2. But other tracks create more free radicals. If much of the oxygen you breathe is creating free radicals, simply breathing more oxygen won’t necessarily help.
Dr. Shallenberger reported on a clinical study where they gathered 50 randomly selected people from ages 20 – 40 years old. The purpose was to test their mitochondrial function. They found that only 54% of the participants had normal mitochondrial function. Which left 46% with abnormal amounts of mitochondrial dysfunction! Poor oxygen efficiency increases mitochondrial dysfunction.
Dr. Shallenberger went on to say, “Mitochondrial decay is inevitable. What is not inevitable is the rate of decay. The mitochondrial rate of decay is determined by one thing: oxygen efficiency.”
Multiple scientists claim that ozone therapy increases the body’s ability to utilize oxygen.
Dr. Bocci wrote about ozone therapy improving oxygen utilization when he says,
“It must be added that ozonated erythrocytes show an improved glycolysis with an increase of ATP… Extensive data have been reported in reviews and two books. It is now clear that a “physiological” ozone dose … triggers an acute and precisely calculated oxidative stress able to activate several biological processes…”
Furthermore, the International Scientific Committee of Ozone Therapy describe ozone’s ability to improve “metabolism of oxygen”, A.K.A. oxygen efficiency.
In short, mitochondrial dysfunction increases as we age because of decreasing oxygen utilization. Scientists claim that ozone therapy increases oxygen efficiency, energy production, and mediates aging.
Although ozone therapy has a multitude of benefits, for the purposes of Biohacking and longevity, we only focused on oxidative stress and oxygen efficiency. We have plenty of other articles and videos that will educate you further into ozone therapy.
How do people do ozone therapy at home for less than $1 per treatment?
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