How Can Antioxidants Help You?

There is no doubt your health is important and you can actually eat to maximise your sense of physical wellbeing. Home in on your diet, and if you have been a bit lax or undisciplined about the foods you have been consuming, consider increasing your intake of foods and fluids that contain that wonder compounds known as antioxidants. You can also seek advice and quality guidance from your local nutritionist, naturopath or naturopathy clinic.

What are Antioxidants?

Over recent years a fair bit has been publicised about antioxidants. According to the CSIRO, these are compounds or “naturally occurring chemicals in foods that help to counter the detrimental effects of oxygen free radicals, which form during normal metabolism and through external factors such as x-rays, ultra-violet radiation and pollution.”[1]

Free radicals are unstable molecules with incomplete electron shells that attack healthy cells. They are often blamed or considered partially responsible for heart disease, cancers and other major illnesses. The antioxidants tend to neutralise these free radicals. They go around your body like a little cleaner, mopping up free radical problems and rendering them less harmful.

Antioxidants include:

  • Beta carotene –
  • Lutein –
  • Lycopene –
  • Vitamin E (alpha –tocopherol)
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)[2]

A preventative approach – what you can do?

So now you know what antioxidants are, you probably also want to know what you can do to incorporate them into a preventative medicine approach.

There are a number of simple ways you can increase your intake of antioxidants:

  • Eat over 5 servings of vegetables and fruit per day. Ideally, you should be doing this anyway, as fresh fruit and vegetables are nature’s source of vitamins, minerals and the goodness you need to feel energised and fully alive
  • Drink tea. It is a wonderful source of antioxidants.
  • Eat orange foods (carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, rockmelon, mangoes)
  • Increase your intake of spinach, kale, seaweed and other greens
  • Eat tomatoes, papaya, apricots. These contain lutein
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin C
  • Eat wheat germ safflower, soy, nuts and oils

Antioxidant Cleanse

You can also follow an antioxidant cleanse or detoxification process. You can use any number of detoxification or cleanse kits that are available on the market. When you are ready to reintroduce foods, make sure you select those that are high in antioxidants as these will help you to remain clear and cleansed.

Ideally these should be incorporated into your diet as a permanent and regular fixture. Foods that are high in antioxidants – fruit and vegetables, meats, cereals and nuts etc. can form the foundation of your diet permanently and offer you the ongoing dietary natural remedies that form the mainstay of a healthy lifestyle.

Transform yourself. Incorporate antioxidants into your daily diet and live longer and healthier.

See you tomorrow!