If for some reason you feel I dumped stress on you, rest assure I have great news for you…
First, your lifestyle choices such as nutrition, stress, sleep, exercise, supplementation, and toxins play a powerful role in keeping these oxidative stress and inflammation under control.
Second, you can measure oxidative stress and levels of cellular damage. Isn’t it amazing?
If you are asking why would you measure and want to know? Heck, let me give you a few reasons?
- You value your health and love yourself.
- You are committed to experiencing optimal health.
- You have dreams, things to do, places to go, and recognize that without health and innate energy, it’ll be hard to accomplish these things with joy or even accomplish them, period.
- You want to know where you stand so you can make changes to your lifestyle so you get results faster.
- You are tired of the trial and error. You are tired of getting some results but still not feeling great and comfortable in your own skin.
If I have AGREED to at least ONE of these reason and you have been exposed to many of the stressors we discussed earlier, you will want to test whether elevated oxidative stress has damaged your DNA in your cell.
Without getting too technical, there are two ways we can measure cellular damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) or free radicals. One is by measuring damage to cell membranes via lipid peroxidation. The other is by measuring the damage done in the cell interior via DNA oxidation. And the latter is a simple and fairly inexpensive way I suggest and help my clients get tested to learn what’s going with their cells.
The biomarker 8-OHdG shows the cumulative cellular oxidative stress, produced by DNA oxidative damage due to a couple of more complicated reactions happening inside our bodies.
An elevated level of 8-OHdG is an opportunity for healing. This lab is not diagnostic and although you need a practitioner like me with a relationship with the laboratory, I do not treat or diagnose. Like any lab result, unless results are clinically correlated to you, they’re just numbers. When results are correlated, as a health coach, I can guide someone to use natural remedies.
If you decide to ask your doctor about it, don’t be upset if he/she is clueless and even say this type of lab is no sense. This type of screening isn’t covered by most insurance because is considered preventive and non-diagnostic. Unfortunately, most physicians often do not look that deep and treat symptoms by prescribing medications.
Personally and professionally, I am about taking full responsibility for my health. I want to know what’s going inside me as much as possible so I can take appropriate matters. I am not going to let an insurance company or someone dictate what I can or not do. Plus, I don’t want to wait until I am diagnosed with something.
If you would like more information about doing a Metabolic Wellness Profile test that includes levels of 8-OHdG and other biomarkers of liver and gut dysfunction, go to www.BeFabBeYou.com to schedule a call with me.
By the way, I wanted to tell you that I’ve done a Metabolic Wellness Profile test not long ago. I was happy to see very low levels of 8-OHdG. I am committed to keeping protecting my cells, tissues, and organs. I would love to help you do that same.
As part of my health transformation program, I will help you implement protocols based on natural therapies protocols and habits in the areas of nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress, and supplementation to address your complaints so you feel in control of your own health and great in your own skin again.
Alright, alright, alright…That’s it for today. Stay tuned because we will chat about inflammation and a lot more.
And of course, I’d love to hear from you, your experiences, questions, and comments. Go to www.BeFabBeYou.com/podcastquestion to send me a note.
Talk to you soon! Tchat tchau.