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3 Ways to Treat Oxidative Stress

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3 Ways to Treat Oxidative Stress
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Treat oxidative stress or damage by limiting your exposure to free radicals, substances that attach themselves to your DNA and can harm the way healthy cells function. When there are too many free radicals in your environment--an area with a lot of air pollution or excessively bright sunlight--and not enough antioxidants to neutralize their behavior, oxidative stress results. Reduce the free radicals you let into you body by not smoking and using sunscreen when you are in the sun for prolonged periods.

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