People encounter different toxins every day during their lives. Some are manmade and others are natural, but the bottom line is that as long as you live, some toxins will enter your body. While these toxins are, for the most part, harmless, you don’t want them to stay in your system if you can help it.
Luckily there are plenty of antioxidants out there that are designed to help people detoxify their systems in a natural way.
Antioxidants are useful for slowing the aging process by purifying the body’s systems and promoting healthy bodily functions. It is important to add these essentials to your diet to encourage good health and prevent virulent disease.
Foods that naturally contain antioxidants are the easiest to include in your diet. Usually antioxidant rich foods are plant floods like fruits, nuts and grains. The following foods are excellent sources of antioxidants:
Keeping your body hydrated aids in transporting nutrients and oxygen to your cells, helps regulate body temperature, and boosts cognitive function (increased mental clarity, more productivity, and better memory). Water also helps detoxify the body by flushing toxins and waste out, increases our metabolism, and helps lubricate joints and muscles for optimal performance and movement.
Roughly 20% of your water intake comes from the foods you eat, particulary water-rich produce. Incorporate the produce listed below into your nutrition plan to increase your daily water intake this summer.
Allergies and inaccessibility to ingredients can definitely make some people shy away from making or even trying some clean, green smoothie recipes. Here’s a brief list of great substitutions you can make so you can still reap the results of a clean, green protein drink!
Studies have found that these options can help contribute to a healthy mental state, bugger against the harmful physical effects of stress and dial up your serenity level. Eat your way to Zen.
It's true that the side effects may include off-color or odd-smelling urine, but it's a small price to pay for all the folate they deliver. The B vitamin is essential in helping you keep your cool when stress rears its ugly head. Steam some spears and add to salads or stir-fries; they're also tasty broiled and seasoned.
Besides being an excellent source of healthy fat, these creamy green fruits (yes, fruits), can stress-proof your body. They're rich in glutathione, a substance that blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats that cause oxidative damage (the process that creates free radicals, the harmful compounds responsible for aging). Avocados also contain more folate than any other fruit. Try to stick to a single serving (about one-quarter of an avocado). Thinly sliced, it can go a long way on salads or replace mayo on sandwiches or burgers.
All berries, including blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to be helpful in combating stress. German researchers tested this by asking 120 people to give a speech and then do hard math problems. Those who had been given vitamin C had lower blood pressure and lower levels of cortisol after the stressfest. Add a handful of berries to salad, yogurt, or oatmeal, or try nibbling on them frozen.
Another vitamin C powerhouse, oranges have an added benefit: that tough skin keeps them protected while they're bouncing around in your purse or backpack, so you can tote them anywhere. Try some other varieties, like clementines, tangelos, or mineolas.
You probably heard about them being a "sexy" food but they have earned they place as a mother lode of zinc. Six oysters, what you would typically be served in a restaurant as an appetizer, have more than half the recommended daily allowance for this important calming mineral. They're an acquired taste, for sure, but fans love them with cocktail sauce, horseradish, or mignonette. Purists favor a simple squeeze of lemon.
Research has proven that these shelled marvels provide more than one kind of cognitive edge. They contain alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid, and other polyphenols that have been shown to help prevent memory loss. And studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in check. To bring out their flavor, toast them for 10 minutes, then chop and add to salads
Boost your immune system's fighting power- feed it! Immune boosters work in many ways. They increase the number of white cells in the immune system army, train them to fight better, and help them form an overall better battle plan. Boosters also help get rid of the substances that drag the body down.
8 Nutrients that Boost Immunity:
Hot foods such as chili peppers, hot mustard, radishes, pepper, onions, and garlic contain substances called "mucolytics" (similar to over-the-counter expectorant cough syrups) that liquefy thick mucus that accumulates in the sinuses and breathing passages.
Andrea Stewart Roa, M.S.
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