The old saying “you are what you eat” could not be more true. Not that we can’t splurge every now and then, but a healthy diet works wonders for our body.
Our bodies naturally produce both antioxidants and free radicals. If our bodies have lower levels of antioxidants, due to poor nutrition or exposure to toxins, etc., then oxidation can occur. This causes cell damage, disturbs the normal function of the organism, and overloads the immune system, leaving us susceptible to illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer! That’s why antioxidants are so important in our diet.
Every single day our bodies protect us from the harmful things in the environment, like solar radiation and pollution, which can create free radicals.
So how can we protect ourselves? Healthy eating gives our bodies antioxidants, which help reduce that oxidative stress, inhibit free radical production, and repair damaged cells. Antioxidants don’t just help us build the body back up; some research suggests that they could also slow the signs of aging, make your skin more glowing and radiant, help you live longer, protect against heart disease and stroke, reduce the risk of vision loss, and support cognitive function.
Antioxidants are absolutely amazing for our overall well-being, and also contribute to our appearance. Even with a good beauty regiment, a diet rich in antioxidants is the key to having truly beautiful skin and hair… not to mention, it helps with wrinkles and blemishes, too!
The best part is that antioxidants are found in so many different foods!
Here is a list of top 10:
- Goji Berries
- Wild Blueberries
- Dark Chocolate
- Kidney Beans
ORAC is Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity and tests the power of the food to absorb and eliminate free radicals.
Introducing these nutrients into your diet is so easy! If you don’t want to eat the foods by themselves, juices are a great way to slip them into your routine. Pop a few berries into your smoothie, add some cranberries and pecans to your salad, make a savory mix of kidney beans, cilantro, and artichoke with some extra virgin olive oil and voila! You are giving your health a boost, and it tastes oh-so-good!