Defending Against Oxidative Stress With Functional Medicine

Oxidative stress can have detrimental effects on our health. From accelerating the aging processes to contributing to various chronic health conditions, the impact can be significant. Functional medicine provides many proactive steps we can take to defend against oxidative stress and promote overall well-being.

Understanding Oxidative Stress

At the cellular level, oxidative stress occurs when free radicals (unstable molecules with unpaired electrons) outnumber antioxidants. These free radicals seek stability by taking electrons from healthy cells, leading to a chain reaction of damage.

Factors such as environmental pollutants, unhealthy diets, and stress contribute to the production of free radicals, tipping the balance.

Functional medicine offers a holistic approach to combat oxidative stress, by addressing the root causes and promoting overall well-being. Let’s explore various ways to manage oxidative stress.

Antioxidant-Rich Diet

A diet abundant in fruits, vegetables, and whole foods provides a spectrum of antioxidants. These powerful compounds neutralize free radicals, offering a robust defense against oxidative stress. Berries, leafy greens, and nuts are excellent choices.


Enhancing your antioxidant intake through supplements can further fortify your defense. Vitamins C and E, selenium, and coenzyme Q10 are notable supplements known for their antioxidant properties.


Staying adequately hydrated supports the body’s natural detoxification processes. Water helps flush out toxins and assists in maintaining the balance between free radicals and antioxidants.

Regular Exercise

Engaging in regular physical activity not only boosts overall health but also stimulates the production of endogenous antioxidants. Aim for a mix of cardiovascular and strength-training exercises for optimal benefits.

Stress Management

Chronic stress contributes to oxidative stress. Practices like meditation, yoga, and deep breathing can help manage stress levels, promoting a more balanced internal environment.

Adequate Sleep

Quality sleep is essential for cellular repair and regeneration. Establishing healthy sleep patterns supports the body’s ability to combat oxidative stress effectively.

Intravenous (IV) Therapy

IV therapy delivers a potent blend of antioxidants directly into the bloodstream, ensuring rapid absorption and maximum effectiveness. Infusions containing vitamin C, glutathione, and other essential nutrients can neutralize free radicals, reduce inflammation, and support the body’s natural detoxification processes.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Stress reduction through practices like meditation and mindfulness can significantly impact oxidative stress. By calming the mind and promoting relaxation, these techniques help lower cortisol levels and decrease the production of free radicals, fostering a more balanced internal environment.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal remedies rich in antioxidants, such as green tea, turmeric, and ashwagandha, are integral components of integrative therapies. These herbs contain bioactive compounds that combat oxidative stress and possess anti-inflammatory properties.

Exercise as Medicine

Regular physical activity is a powerful integrative tool to combat oxidative stress. Exercise enhances the body’s natural antioxidant defenses, promotes detoxification through sweat, and contributes to overall cellular health.


NanoVi Oxygen Therapy helps repair cell damage that happens every day, which can be caused by what you eat, what you breathe, what you are exposed to, as well as oxidative stress.

Functional Nutrition

Integrative nutrition focuses on addressing individual nutritional needs. A personalized approach may include dietary modifications, emphasizing antioxidant-rich foods and eliminating pro-inflammatory substances, to combat oxidative stress.

Chelation Therapy

Chelation involves the administration of substances via IV to remove heavy metals and toxins from the body. By reducing the burden of harmful substances, chelation therapy may contribute to lowering oxidative stress levels.

Therapeutic Massage

Massage therapy not only promotes relaxation but also enhances circulation and lymphatic drainage. This can assist in the elimination of toxins and reduce oxidative stress.

The Bottom Line

Defending against oxidative stress involves adopting a functional medicine approach to health. By prioritizing a nutrient-rich diet, supplementation, hydration, regular exercise, stress management, and sufficient sleep, we empower our bodies to resist the damaging effects of oxidative stress.

If you’d like more information on how our team can help you manage oxidative stress with functional medicine, connect with our New Patient Coordinators. We would love the opportunity to walk with you through your health challenges to restore peace and balance.

Keri Sutton - RN, MSN, ANP-C, AGPCNP-BC

Keri is a Nurse Practitioner and founder at Kare Health & Wellness. Keri's pursuit of personal answers to her own health issues landed her in the top of Functional Medicine. As she utilized functional Medicine to get her own health and life back, she made it her life's work to bring this empowering form of healthcare to as many people as she can.

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