We are sure that you or someone you know has heard that keeping antioxidants in your diet is beneficial for your health and weight loss. Dinosaurs over 50 to 200 million years ago had antioxidants in the plants they ate on a daily basis. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that cause oxidative stress, Which is said to slow down the aging process and keep you feeling vibrant.
Scientist Denham Harmon projected that aging was the effect of delinquent molecules named free radicals. He described it as; free radicals are molecules that have one electron absent, usually they have two electrons. To fulfill themselves, these unstable molecules take a spare electron from another nearby molecule, which generates a additional free radical, which takes an electron from one of its neighbors and keeps going, and becomes a domino effect. In other words antioxidants are enzymes. Proteins, phytochemicals, phytonutrients, and vitamins that are known to preserve and restore the cell and also protect it from damage.
Antioxidants operate in one or two ways, either by hesitating the chain reaction of free radicals or by avoiding their formation to begin with. Antioxidants are said to play a huge role in preventing the development of chronic disease such as heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, cataracts, arthritis, and diabetes. In the 1920s, Doctor Max Gerson successfully treated thousands of patients using a plant based diet, full of antioxidants, that cured various cancers and many other diseases,the Gerson therapy is still being used to this day. Whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and grains are more effective in treating diseases than any supplements or extracts.
Here is a list of foods that contain antioxidants:
- Fruits ( cherries, raspberries, blueberries,strawberries, noni, goji, acai, pomegranates, oranges, pineapple, raisins, currants, prunes, apples, kiwi,peaches, grapes, mangosteen etc.)
- Vegetables (spinach,carrots,broccoli,cabbage,artichokes,avocados,potatoes,pumpkin,collard greens,kale,tomatoes,squash)
- Spices and Herbs (turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, parsley, paprika, garlic, thyme, basil, tarragon, peppermint, curry powder, sage, onion, chili powder, mustard seed)
- Beans (soybeans, pinto beans, black beans, lentils, red beans)
- Grains and Nuts (oatmeal, buckwheat, millet, barley, quinoa, amaranth, hazelnuts, pistachio nuts, cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts)
- Refreshments (herb teas including black tea and green tea, coffee, red wine (make sure it has no sulfates), fruit smoothies, juiced greens and fruits)
Antioxidants are known to treat:
- heart disease
- relieve blood issues (anemias)
- boost immunity
- promotes healthy brain function
- good for digestive system
- helps blood cells live longer
- promote muscle growth
- burn fat
In addition not all antioxidants are the same; Different antioxidants have different properties. For example the types of antioxidants that would help with breast cancer may not be the same for another health related issue.Overall It's best to try to fit in as many antioxidants into your diet for good health and living.
For more information or private consultation with health, nutrition/lifestyle advice contact:
Sickle Cell Natural Wellness Group Inc.
Here are some stretches to do every morning to start your day feeling balanced, fresh & ready.
*Courtesy of YouTube Search Engine*
This posture stretches your entire body 360 degree angle, from coccyx (tailbone)
to the forehead, and from coccyx to the toes. Just think about it, how
many postures did it take for you to get here, so that you can be
properly warmed up to do such a deep stretch and also to help improve
your hands to feet pose tomorrow.
To do this posture, after a good sit-up, grab your big toes with your
index and middle fingers and your thumb, pull all ten toes towards
your face as hard as possible as you walk your hips back ten to
fifteen times, until your knees are locked and heels are off the
floor. Keep your knees locked, heels off the floor and stretch you
body forward from the lower spine towards the floor, making sure that
your stomach is on your thighs, chest on your knees and the goal is to
touch the forehead to the floor. Make sure your knees stay locked, do
not cheat yourself, you must stretch the back of your legs to get to
stretching the sciatic nerve. Stay in the posture, trying to find
comfort in discomfort and breathing normally. The benefits of this
posture are relief from chronic diarrhea, increased circulation to the
spleen and liver, and improved digestion. In addition, you increase
the flexibility of the trapezoids, deltoids, sciatic nerves, hip joints,
and the last five vertebrae of the spine
Ardha Matsyendrasana, Spine Twisting pose
Start this posture with your both hips on the floor and spine
straight. Bend your left knee and point your left foot toes, bring
your right foot to touch with your left knee, keep your right hand on
the floor using your right arms as a second spine. Bring your left
elbow in front of the left knee and grab your left knee with your left
hand , being careful not to let your left wrist bend and not to let
your elbow go below the knee. If you are new stay in this position, if
you are more experienced wrap your right arm around your back and grab
onto your inner thigh, looking over your right shoulder turn and twist
your total spine, including your neck.
The benefits of this posture are: twists total spine top to bottom
resulting in improved circulation and nutrition to spinal nerves,
veins, and tissues, improves spinal elasticity and flexibility of the
hip joints, removes flatulence from intestines, firms abs, thighs and