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Antioxidants (Fight Those Free Radicals)

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I included the chart above so you would be able to check out some of the benefits of antioxidants.

People spend copious amounts of money on the newest anti-aging pill, cream, or procedure. Aside from the effects of gravity, or hormones, one of the reasons we age and our health diminishes with time is due to free radicals. Free radicals can exist in the body from the break down of food, medications, and pollution. However, many are introduced into our bodies via pollution. We live in a world that is saturated by pollution.

Here’s some more info on free radicals.

…Environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides can spawn free radicals.

Normally, the body can handle free radicals, but if antioxidants are unavailable, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age, http://www.healthchecksystems.com/antioxid.htm. 

Free radicals create a destructive process in our cells, causing the molecules within the cells to become unstable. They may even be a big player in the formation of cancerous cells by a “chain-reaction” effect, causing other cells to become damaged. Because of the inherent instability of free-radicals, they try to attack other healthy cells to get stable themselves. This causes the once-healthy cells to react in the same way, attacking others in an never-ending attempt for cellular stability, http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-antioxidants/.

We can not always escape the pollution around us. We can, however, bypass smoking or spending time breathing in second hand smoke. Studies have shown that people who smoke tend to age faster (they look older than non-smokers). We also know the other health risks associated with smoking.

People who live in areas with high pollution tend to show signs of aging faster as well.

Excessive free-radical exposure harms the skin by damaging DNA and cell membranes that help keep skin intact, plump and firm. When the membranes are destroyed or disrupted, skin cells no longer perform their normal functions, like processing nutrients and eliminating waste.   Pollution can also trigger inflammation and activate the enzymes that destroy collagen and elastin, resulting in thin, wrinkled, rough, blotchy skin. http://www.newbeauty.com/hottopic/blogpost/643-how-pollution-accelerates-aging/.

What can we do to offset all the pollution our bodies are exposed to? Antioxidants!

Antioxidants have been shown to help repair damage to cells by free radicals. I recommend the links above for more information on antioxidants and the chemical reactions that occur within the body.

The moral of the story is to eat your fruits and vegetables. Vitamins E and C are quite beneficial at helping the body to repair itself. Instead of spending money on lathering things on the outside, feed the body from within. I’ve met people who have lived a life of eating clean and working out and they look and feel great.

The list below contains foods that are high in antioxidants. The best choice is organic and free of pesticides.

  • Corn
  • Lime
  • Kale
  • Lemon
  • Dates
  • Chiles
  • Cloves
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Prunes
  • Mangos
  • Squash
  • Millet
  • Almonds
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Oregano
  • Spinach
  • Apricots
  • Broccoli
  • Cinnamon
  • Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Artichoke
  • Green Tea
  • Pineapple
  • Red Beets
  • Goji Berries
  • Acai Berry
  • Coconut Oil
  • Pinto Beans
  • Broad Beans
  • Wheat Germ
  • Pomegranates
  • Hempseed Oil
  • Barley & Rye
  • Black Currant
  • Blood Oranges
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Raw Nuts & Seeds
  • Whole Grain Brown Rice
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Eating Healthy (Healing Foods)

There are so many nutrients found right at our local Farmer’s Market that can help our bodies function properly. God gave us medicine in food. I have been exploring local markets this summer. I even traveled to Amish country to purchase cheese from cows not treated with hormones and dry goods. If you’re living on a budget, one thing you can do is purchase strawberries, other berries, and avocados while they are in season, and freeze them. I’ve also visited this site http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/ that lists the foods we should purchase organic and those that are lower in pesticides. It’s called the dirty dozen list. I don’t purchase organic foods that are lower in pesticides or those I don’t eat often. Trader Joes has become my favorite place to buy healthy food, as the prices are reasonable, and I love the people who work there.

I found that fat loss wasn’t the only benefit of eliminating unhealthy processed foods and added sugar, my skin began to improve. My energy levels increased. I had better focus than before. I think we all know that we should eat our fruits, vegetables, and healthy food. There’s so much we are missing out on when we don’t eat them. Once I ditched the unhealthy food, I needed to replace the items I threw out with healthy food. Check out some of the nutrients in the food I currently consume.

Here are just some of the healthy foods and their benefits:

Almonds (raw)– High in fiber, vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, and niacin. Almonds contain the most nutrients in comparison to all other nuts.

Apples– Antioxidants– protect cells from free-radicals (chemicals that damage cells), fiber– promotes colon health, and stable blood sugar.

AvocadosFiber, magnesium, cartenoids- “antioxidants that help with cell to cell communication which controls cell growth,” K. Collins American Institute for Cancer Research, vitamin E, lutein– helps with eye health.

BlueberriesAnthocyanins-(may fight cancer, anti-aging properties, help with inflammation, bacterial infections), vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber.

Berries (all kinds)– Listed as cancer fighting foods. contain antioxidants which may protect your cells from damage linked to cancer. Vitamin C, and fiber.

Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cabbage)– Contains potential cancer fighting chemicals such as glusinolates, crambene, and indole-3-carbinol according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Dark Leafy VegetablesFolate– protects DNA, and carotenoids.

Garlic– Good for the heart, the immune system, and may inhibit colon tumor formation and cell growth.

GrapesReservatol (antioxidant and anti-inflammatory chemical), American Institute for Cancer Research studies shown they may keep cancer cells from growing and inhibit tumors.

Legumes (peas, beans, lentils)Fiber, cancer fighting foods according to the American Institute for Cancer.

Pears– High in fiber (6 grams per serving), vitamins A, C, K, B2, B3, and B6, and folate.

QuinoaFiber, internal cleanser, iron, high in protein.

TomatoesLycopene (protects cells from damage, helps destroy those that aren’t growing properly), cancer fighting food.

Sweet PotatoesVitamin B6, D, iron, C, magnesium, potassium, cartenoids.

Whole GrainsFiber, antioxidants, packed with vitamins (check to make sure it’s really whole grains. Some say it on the front, then you check the ingredients and it’s stripped of vitamins). I recommend Ezekiel 4:9 bread, or other sprouted grain breads. Since these breads do not contain preservatives I place in the freezer as they mold faster.

Wild SalmonOmega-3 fatty acids, This omega-3 fat comes in two forms: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).  Contains vitamin D and selenium.

I also started purchasing only nitrate free lunch-meat, and bacon. Nitrates have been shown to be linked to several forms of cancer including colon cancer. This preservative is not good for our bodies. Google sodium nitrates and health effects. You can find nitrate free meat at your local grocery and most don’t cost more. Since they aren’t packed with preservatives you must eat them quickly (within a week or two weeks) or freeze them. Instead of shopping for the month, I shop weekly. It’s costing less money to eat healthy. I eat less food because healthy foods fill you up.

So, friends. Here’s to a healthy you! I will hopefully start putting recipes up soon.

P.S You can do anything you set your mind to. Tell that voice inside your head that says, “I can’t change,” “I can change. I will change. Just watch me!

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