Thursday, December 15, 2011

Exercise is poisoning my body

I exercise because it's good for me, but it actually makes me feel sick.

When you exercise intensely, your body produces free radicals. I have a gene that causes a 50% increase in free radical production. Free radicals can attack and chemically alter DNA, and free radical damage can potentially lead to cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation and accelerated ageing. Usually the body converts free radicals to non-harmful molecules, but my body lacks the required detoxification mechanisms to remove free radicals.

For the last six weeks I've been exercising regularly, mostly hill walks, pump classes or gym workouts. This week I've upped my hill walks to run/walks and replaced my weights workout with a high intensity circuit. How does my body reward me? Swollen glands and no energy.

I'm having the day off today, and am going to pick up some GliSODin tomorrow, which helps stimulate my body's defence against free radicals. And I'll have to keep a closer eye on what I'm eating to make sure I'm getting plenty of antioxidants, cruciferous veges etc to help combat those free radicals.

This happens to me every time I start exercising regularly. You think I would have learnt by now. Frustrating!!!


Magda said...

Thats quite fascinating Charlotte. Ironically the majority of our overweight or obese population would welcome that as the perfect excuse NOT to exercise.

Charlotte Orr said...

Hi Magda, the ironic thing is, I lose weight quite quickly by doing cardio, but I have to be careful what type/how much.