3 Ways To Increase Your Antioxidant Intake
Our bodies’ are pretty remarkable.
The trillion or so cells they contain face off formidable threats every single day. A constant threat comes from nasty chemicals called free radicals. Oxidative stress from free radicals accelerates tissue damage and is ultimately what causes us to age.
Our bodies’ reaction to toxins in our environment is one source of these free radicals, but our day-to-day normal cellular metabolism creates free radicals as well. They come in many shapes, sizes, and chemical configurations, but- we aren’t defenceless against them. The great news is that nature has given us all the tools we need to squelch this harmful process. The body, long used to this relentless attack, makes scads of molecules that quench free radicals as surely as water douses fire. We also extract free-radical fighters from food. These defenders are often lumped together as “antioxidants”. Anti-oxidants, which are found primarily in plants, help to reduce these free radicals and keep our bodies strong and healthy.
There are all sorts of ways that you can up your intake of antioxidants to fight off the daily threat of free radicals, and I have put together a list of the top three for you to try!
3 Ways to Increase Your Antioxidant Intake:
Add It At The Grill:
Start cooking with more herbs and spices- including ginger, garlic, turmeric, cloves, and cayenne pepper. This will improve both the flavor of your food and it’s health-promoting properties. A great application of this is on the grill. Choosing garlic and spice based marinades instead of the classic sugary BBQ sauce has been shown to reduce the level of carcinogens formed when grilling meat. Simply adding herbs and spices to food increases levels of antioxidants, which drastically improves the overall health benefits of meals.
This Little Veggie Went To The Market:
Make sure your diet contains a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. For maximum antioxidant value, try to eat them raw and as close to their freshly harvested state as possible. If you are able to visit a market near by, local fruits and veggies (often) aren’t picked as early and don’t travel as far, thus increasing their anti-oxidant potential.
Don’t Forget Tea Time:
Next time you feel like a tea, drink some organic high quality green tea. Green tea contains high amounts of EGCG, a powerful antioxidant know to prevent oxidative damage in healthy cells. In addition to prevention, it has been shown to have beneficial effects in the treatment of cancer and heart disease; another great addition to a balanced diet.
There are lots of simple ways to increase our intake of antioxidants. Adding them to our diet will go a long way- and your body will thank you for it!
If you have any further questions about antioxidants please reach out anytime or leave a comment.
Be healthy. Be happy.
Dr. Jen Forristal
Originally posted as a guest blog post for Rare Republic. Click here to see original article.