In order to know if you're promoting cell health and function effectively for your horse, you must first understand the highest risk factors you must seek to balance when it comes to cell longevity!
Your care routine needs to have actions, products, or considerations for the following concerns. We'll first raise awareness of these factors and their importance... later in the series, we will share tangible action steps that you can take!
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Risk Factor to Cell Health - Oxidative Stress
The first risk factor to your horse's health is oxidative stress. Simply put oxidative stress is the direct result of aging as well as exposure to toxins in our environment: air, water, food sources, and even the cleaning & personal care products we use every day.
Oxidative stress refers to elevated intracellular levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that cause damage to lipids, proteins, and DNA. Free radicals are any atom with an unpaired electron. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are all the free radicals that are commonly found in biology that involve oxygen. So, ROS are free radicals, specifically involving oxygen.
The reality is that traditional antioxidants fail to keep up with the rapid accumulation of oxidative stress, which is the leading cause of illness, disease, and imbalance in horses. From digestive disorders, arthritis concerns, metabolic disease, respiratory conditions, or neurological comprise; each of these health imbalances can and have been directly linked with peer-reviewed, medically published science to the decline of cell health and function due to high levels of oxidative stress. Click here to visit our blog and explore individual concerns in more detail.
High Risk Factor to Cell Health - Mitochondrial Decline
Horses are recognized within the animal kingdom, to be one of the most powerful aerobic athletic mammals. The resiliency of horses and all living creatures comes down to their mitochondria, which are membrane-bound cell organelles that generate a majority of all the chemical energy needed to power the cell's biochemical reactions.
Essentially the mitochondria are your horse's powerhouse. With age, it's proven that there is a decline in the vitality and longevity of your horse's mitochondria. The good news is that you as a horse owner can intervene and support your horse's body in extending the survival of the mitochondria within the body. Furthermore, you can add effective measures to your care routine that boost the body's production of more youthful, vibrant mitochondria!
Not only will this result in your horse experiencing more natural and balanced energy, but it will also unleash the power your horse's body needs to recover, repair, and rejuvenate where his or her body needs it.
High Risk Factor to Cell Health - Morbid Waste and Cell "Pollution"
We began this post by unpacking the most dangerous factor of cell dysfunction which was oxidative stress. Oxidative Stress is one type of many morbid wastes or cell pollution naturally created by your horse's body as it functions in everyday life and existence. As your horse ages the processes that clean and cleanse the cells of these waste products declines... Leading to increased risk of illness, disease, and even injury.
Because of the build-up of toxins, the rate of oxidative stress and mitochondrial decline rapidly and drastically increases and this will result in more health imbalance for your horse. Ranging from major health concerns to more minor health concerns.
Supporting your horse's cells in waste management through processes like cell autophagy can dramatically increase the results you generate in your horse's care routine. Allowing you to achieve shifts and transformations that would not be possible any other way.
Moving Foward to Health Transformation
Later in this series, we will discuss options that you can implement to support your horse's cell health quickly and effectively. For now, we simply wish to raise your awareness and understanding of how imperative cell health and function are to your horse's health.
Right now you can review your horse's current care routine and ask yourself if it actively reduces oxidative stress, boosts mitochondria function, or accelerates cell cleansing processes such as autophagy. Typically, if you're not sure the overarching answer is that your care routine does not factor in or support these factors.
This series will empower you to change this! And will continue to shine a light on overlooked areas that cause confusion, frustration, and lack of results overall. Let's move forward into Step 2 of 3 of the Surefire Steps to Transforming Your Horse's Health!