A Guest Post by Samantha Gladish, Holistic Wellness Expert
If you're looking to feel more vibrant, energetic and healthier this summer, then getting enough antioxidants is essential to your overall health and longevity.
Our bodies produce what's commonly known as free radicals. These compounds are a normal part of metabolic breakdown. From stress, to poor eating habits and lack of nutrients, these free radicals can wreak havoc on our healthy cells.
We can also produce free radicals from being exposed to cigarette smoke, over exposure to the sun, drinking too much alcohol or enduring a traumatic injury. Antioxidants are the cells protectors and they help neutralize the effects of free radical damage.
So how do you get more antioxidants? Easy! By loading up your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables, you'll supply your body with a variety of antioxidants that help to combat disease, keep your skin youthful and protect you from cellular damage.
Plants produce hundreds of antioxidants for their own protection. Many of these antioxidants are present in vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, nuts and seeds, as well as tea, coffee, extra virgin olive oil, red wine and dark bitter chocolate. As you can see, getting in your daily dose of antioxidants involves eating some delicious foods!
Antioxidants produce the bright colors in fruits and vegetables, such as red peppers, dark leafy green kale and vibrant red strawberries. It's important to ensure you provide your body with a variety of these foods to ensure you are getting in a wide variety of antioxidants. There just happens to be thousands of them!
Important antioxidants you commonly hear talked about are vitamin C and Vitamin E. Vitamin C is essential for heart health, reducing plague in the arteries and lowering blood pressure. In fact, vitamin C can even help to repair tissue damage caused by cigarette smoke. Load up on citrus fruits such as grapefruit, lemons and limes, as well as kiwis, which contain even more vitamin C than oranges.
Vitamin E is also an important antioxidant for the heart and is beneficial for skin health too! It also assists in the formation of red blood cells and helps to maintain stores of vitamins A and K, iron, and selenium, all which support immunity and bone health. Studies have even shown the positive effect it can have against cancer and relieving symptoms of Alzheimer's. Be sure to load up on spinach, kale, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts, which are all rich in this important antioxidant.
A simple and effective way to load up on a variety of antioxidants is to use Progressive's Phytoberry. This highly concentrated berry based whole food supplement is loaded with natural antioxidants that help to support immunity, heart health, energy production and cellular health. Featuring over 40 fruit concentrates, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids and herbal extracts, PhytoBerry is specifically designed to offer whole body antioxidant® protection.
As a bonus, it tastes amazing! Add a scoop into some water in the morning for a superior health boost or mix it into a morning smoothie with some coconut milk, fresh berries, spinach and almond butter for a delicious and satisfying smoothie.
Getting in your daily dose of antioxidants never tasted so good!
Samantha Gladish is the brainchild and fun loving foodie behind www.holisticwellness.ca