The Beauty Of Antioxidant Food
Beauty from the inside:
I'm tired of all the nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want -- an adorable pancreas?" -Jean Kerr-I laughed when I read that quote, thinking well...If you ask me, an adorable, healthy pancreas will make me feel pretty healthy...so yeah, I would want that! Do you believe in that old we are what we eat cliche? Surely you know plenty of people who look just great and eat nothing but junk. Sadly, I am sure, you also noticed that a great majority of us don't fall into that category. Besides, looks can be deceiving.
- In order to survive, we depend on the healthy, strong cells that make up our entire bodies.
- The function of each of these cells is based on the energy they receive to do their work.
- The energy the cells receive is based on the food we eat each day.
- The food we eat eventually works its way down to the cellular level and it directly affects cellular function.
An Antioxidant rich diet follows a "nature knows best" logic- We are what we eat.When we feed our body over-processed food that lack important nutrients we cannot expect it to perform at its optimal capacity. On the other hand, by giving our body the nutrition it needs to function, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to live the lives we were meant to.
Ultimately, what and how much we eat affects the way we feel and the way we look; it can slow down or accelerate the aging process and impact our energy levels.Tons of scientific research supports the idea that optimal nutrition is obtained by eating more raw or unprocessed foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds that best feeds our body because these foods are high in anti-oxidants (Read: anti-cell rusting agents)
Here's what I mean...Our cells in action produce free radicals, a normal byproduct of cell metabolism= normal aging. Trouble is, an excess of free radicals are destructive to cells and leads to disease and premature aging.
Enter the power of antioxidants.Antioxidants are nutrients, which bind with the free radicals and do not allow them to become destructive. (1,2) Some of the most important antioxidants include:
- Vitamin C- promotes collagen formation and reduces wrinkles. (3)
- Beta-carotene helps repair body tissues and protect against sun damage. Found in green plants, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, apricots and green peppers. (4)
- Multi-vitamins give our body an additional boost.
- Vitamin E. helps to protect cell membranes and guard against ultraviolet radiation damage. (5)
- Selenium can help safeguard the skin from sun damage and improve quality and elasticity. (6)
- Omega-3 fatty acids are important and cardiovascular health and can be found in flax seed, salmon, walnuts and sardines. (7)
Keep Insulin labels stable by reducing carb intake...Along with your daily dose of anti-oxidants from foods and supplements, it's critical to limit the unhealthy foods as much as possible, because foods high in processed carbohydrates -especially wheat products- increase the amount of insulin secreted by the pancreas, which in turn increases fat storage by the liver. 8) Keep this in mind:
Simple, over processed, sugars and refined starches interfere with normal cell production, eventually depleting your immune system, your body's defense mechanism against viruses and other germs.So, load up your fridge with fruits and veggies which are antioxidant-rich to begin your beauty from within and fat loss plan. To Your Health! Luz L Sources for this post: (1) Nutrition: Free Radicals, Antioxidants and Nutritionhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12361782(2) National Cancer Institute: Antioxidants and Cancer Preventionhttp://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/prevention/antioxidants(3) MedinePlus: Vitamin Chttp://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002404.htm(4) American Cancer Society: Vitamin A, Retinoids and ProVitamin A Carotenoidshttp://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/vitamin-a-and-beta-carotene(5) Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin Ehttp://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminE/(6) University of Maryland Medical Center: Seleniumhttp://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/selenium-000325.htm(7) MayoClinic: Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fish Oil, Alpha Linolenic Acid(8) Journal of Nutrition: White wheat flour lowers plasma cholesterol and increases cecal steroids relative to whole wheat flour, wheat bran and wheat pollard in ratshttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8505670