We’re always being told to get more antioxidants into our diet. But what exactly are they, and why are they so important in the pursuit of health? At SK-Life Fitness I look at some of the best ways to include more antioxidants in your diet, whether it’s via the food you eat or the nutritional supplements you take.
Essentially, antioxidants are molecules that help protect our bodies against free radicals. Free radicals are released when oxidization occurs within the body, and they can cause damage to the structure of cells.
Scientists and medical experts consider the free radicals produced by oxidation to be one of the major causes of cellular degeneration both inside and out. By quenching these free radicals, antioxidants can help to prevent cellular damage and can assist in slowing down the cellular degeneration. An analogy that’s often used to explain the process is that of an apple. When sliced, the inner flesh of an apple will quickly turn brown due to oxidation. But if you rub it with lemon juice – a source of antioxidant-rich Vitamin C – the process will be slowed significantly. Ingesting antioxidants can have the same effect to that of the lemon juice on the apple. So you can see that a diet rich in antioxidants is so important to long-term health.In addition to being produced internally, we are also bombarded by free radicals from a wide array of external sources. Some of the main offenders are: alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, sun/UV exposure, food additives and chemicals, air pollutants and even smoked or barbecued foods.
The best diet to help fight the assault of free radicals is one brimming with antioxidant-rich foods. These include “superfoods” such as açai berries, goji berries and pomegranate, plus many basic fruits and vegetables such as: carrots, squash, sweet potato, broccoli, kale, berries, apples, citrus fruits and many more items from your local farmers market or produce aisles. Other items that will boost your antioxidant intake include: foods rich in vitamins A, C or E (vitamin E-rich foods include nuts, seeds, whole grains and fish-liver oil); green tea products; and the trace mineral selenium, which is incorporated into the body’s endogenous antioxidant system (and can be found in fish, shellfish, red meat, whole grains, eggs, chicken and garlic).
But what else can we do? Well a diet rich in high antioxidant foods is a great first step in the fight against free radicals, and we should all be eating a healthy balanced diet containing plenty of fruit and vegetables. But in the real world, where people are working long unsocial hours, and do not have the time or get enough sleep, I recommend further enhancing their diet with nutritional supplements.
While advice about antioxidants can sometimes sound a little complex, it’s refreshing to learn that it’s simple to adjust one’s diet and nutrition regimen to significantly boost antioxidant levels.
The Arbonne Antitoidant and Immunity Booster is definitely a step in the right direction, it can dramatically help boost a person’s antioxidant intake and is crammed full of juices from pomegranate, blueberry, acai, grape, cranberry and other know superfruits. The drink is a delicious shot infused with antioxidant and immunity ingredients as well as ingredients for energy to ensure that you have the daily combination of vitamins and minerals needed for you to stay healthy all year round.
Arbonne essentials are formulated without gluten and have no artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, cholesterol, and saturated fats of trans fats and contain absolutely no animal products whatsoever.
I recently tried and tested these supplements, and of course as a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist, I do eat an antioxidant-rich healthy diet! However the shots were easy and pleasant to taste, and designed with an tear off lid, shaped so you can drink from the sachet. They do not need to be refrigerated, so you can pop one in your sports bag, handbag, and take them in your suitcase on holiday. I soon got into the habit of taking one shot each morning to give me that extra boost to set me up for the day.
It also occurred to me that many students have just had “Fresher’s” week at university. They have eaten on a budget and drunk too much! They will have put their bodies under stress and not had enough sleep. Their immune systems have probably already crashed and one by one they will be going down with Fresher’s Flu! This will definitely be a supplement that I will be packing in my daughter’s suitcase next year when she goes off to University!
Many of my clients have recently had coughs and colds, and on a daily basis I am subjected to germs. I feel confident that adding the supplement to my diet will give me the extra immune boost and energy I need to help support and protect me with my busy active lifestyle!
If you would like to try any of the Arbonne Essential Range they are available through an excellent nationwide network of Arbonne Independent Consultants. Please visit www.arbonneinternational.co.uk. A box of 24 Antioxidant and Immunity Support shots costs £56.