Enjoy The Benefits Of An Antioxidant Diet


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Americans are growing more and more concerned about what they eat. In recent years, Americans have taken steps to eat healthier, and exercise more. But with obesity recently being classified as a disease by the American Medical Association, and the rise in Type 2 Diabetes, a healthier lifestyle is more of a concern than ever before. Thankfully, there are ways to combat these issues, and one way is an antioxidant diet.

For those with a busy lifestyle, there are also antioxidant beverages so they don’t have to take the time to buy the foods and prepare them; but they can still get all the antioxidants they need in their diet. An antioxidant diet not only promotes better health and well-being, it also assists with other health conditions as well. To better understand how antioxidant rich foods in your diet improves your life, below are some answers to frequently asked questions.

What is an Antioxidant?

An antioxidant is a nutrient found in foods that help to protect cells within the body from damage caused by defective atoms, called free radicals that attack healthy cells. This process accelerates illnesses such as cancer, stroke, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, Rheumatoid arthritis and a decline in a person’s immune system. Although it is impossible to avoid them entirely, their presence can be reduced by eating a diet full of Antioxidants, together with limited exposure to pollution and environmental toxins.

How Does an Antioxidant Diet Improve Health?

In addition to fighting off free cells, antioxidants are low in saturated fat and cholesterol, high in fiber and provide an ample source of other vitamins. As a result, an antioxidants diet helps to combat against obesity, and Type 2 diabetes, as well as other diseases.

Antioxidant diets also lead to:

  • Increases energy
  • Reduces inflammation,
  • Boosts our immune systems.

By adding antioxidants to your diet, you provide your body with an increased energy level.

What Foods Contain Antioxidants?

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Not all foods have the same antioxidant levels. For optimal health and wellness, a diet should consist of foods with a high antioxidant capacity. Some of these foods are:

  • Berries: Such as mulberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Whole grains
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Red grapes

Eating an antioxidant rich diet, not smoking, drinking sparingly, and always wearing sunblock are ways to prevent the oxidative stress that free radicals cause. Since berries are high on the list, you can easily add them to your antioxidant diet. Rather than having something sweet, you can make a fruit salad, you can take vegetables to work with you to snack on, and include veggies in your meals. You can also make your juices at home instead of drinking juices made from concentrate.

What if I Don’t Have Time to Eat Healthy?

For those who are too busy to take the time to eat properly, there are antioxidant diet-conscious drinks so they can get all the antioxidants they need in their diet. All they have to do is twist off the cap and enjoy a ready made delicious tasting beverage. One well-known example of an antioxidant drink is V-8 juice. However, for those who are turned off V-8 because they only relate it to being a vegetable based drink, and they don’t find it appetizing, there are new brands entering the market.

Is An Antioxidant Drink an “Energy Drink”?

No. An energy drink consists of high proteins, while an antioxidant drink has lots of nutrients. The latter is healthier, and adding one antioxidant diet-conscious drink to your routine improves your health, overall.

Additional Benefit to an Antioxidant Diet

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One of the most popular benefits of eating foods that are antioxidant rich is the improvement in your appearance, such as your hair, skin, and fingernails. Adding antioxidants to your diet is important for optimal health, and they should be consumed throughout the day. If you don’t have time to eat properly, you can buy pre-made antioxidant drinks.

Not only does an antioxidant diet help against free radicals, it also increases energy, improves appearance, and helps with weight loss. However, taking care of yourself by exercising regularly also helps with longevity. Antioxidants won’t cancel out the abuse of not exercising, but if you combine them you will definitely enjoy the benefits. 

This article was written by Adolfo Licata, who firmly believes in the antioxidant diet and in keeping his body healthy.

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