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Aging and a number of illnesses, like flu, is linked with oxidative stress, or the imbalance in the levels of free radicals and antioxidants in your body. The following are ways you didn’t know increases the free radicals in your body.

Grilling Food – take care not to burn too much of what you are grilling. Consuming burnt food increases the production of free radicals in your body and also increases your risk of developing certain cancers.

Lack of Exercise – Not having enough exercise leads to an accumulation of free radicals in your body because of unexpelled toxins you collect throughout the day. A good sweat out is recommended to flush out these substances.

Exposure to Pollution – Your daily commute exposes you to harmful chemicals that accelerate the oxidative stress in your body. Much of this pollution enter through your skin and through your lungs as you inhale.

Stress – When you experience or undergo stress, the cells in your body also react and accumulate free radicals.

Not Having Enough Sleep – Get the right amount of sleep: not too short, and not too long, to have a balanced production of free radicals with the body’s ability to neutralize their negative effects.

Not eating fruits and vegetables – Fruits and vegetables have the highest concentration of antioxidants compared with any other major food source. Berries, citrus fruits, and broccoli are some of the best sources of antioxidants.

Not Having Enough or Taking Too Much Vitamins – You could be eating a good amount of fruits and vegetables, but your body could still lack essential antioxidants. Vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene are the three major antioxidant vitamins. On the other hand, taking too much vitamins can cause fatigue, blurred vision, poor muscle coordination, and loss of appetite, among others.

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