Cleansing & Detox

Anti-aging + Top 10 Antioxidant Foods

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Today I want to talk to you about a way to … I don’t want to say reverse aging, but I will say reverse aging because YOU CAN!

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What we know now is that food is information that can talk to our genes (genetics). Even though we may have a propensity towards a certain health characteristics (both good or not-so-bueno), we can, through our diet, and our lifestyle, greatly, greatly enhance our ability to stay healthy and to look and feel younger.

We are inundated with dangerous toxins that our bodies were not designed to handle. I’m certain by now, that you’ve heard the word, TOXINS as it’s getting thrown around so much in the media these days. But what are they, and how are they affecting us? What it boils down to, is that our body is constantly trying to fight the influx or manmade chemicals that it’s finding in its environment.

When certain types of oxygen molecules are allowed to travel freely in our body, they cause what is known as oxidative damage, which is the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are very dangerous to the body’s tissues, and have been connected to things like, hormonal disturbances, cancer, premature aging, and diseases like Alzheimer’s. Or they can simply make you feel tired, sluggish, achy, and have difficulty losing weight.

But fear not.  There are things we can do.

Getting antioxidants into your diet helps your cells to renew themselves. Antioxidants are substances that can help prevent cell damage especially those caused by oxidation.

One of the main things I always recommend to my clients is getting friendly & familiar with eating antioxidant foods.

Some of the benefits that you will see from this is a slower aging process, healthier skin, reduced risk of cancer, and support with your body’s natural detoxification process, and also a longer lifespan. Hell yeah! These things are obviously things we all want.

Most fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants such as vitamin C, Beta-carotene, Flavonoids, and lycopene. So if your diet is rich in fresh veggies and fruits you are getting a daily infusion of cell loving plant health care.  How hard is that to do?

Below, I’m including a list of ORAC scores. What the ORAC stands for is Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity, and it has the power of a plant to absorb and eliminate free radicals in your system.  Check out some of the best foods with high ORAC Scores:

Spices 1. Blueberries (14,000 on the ORAC score)
2. Cinnamon (267,537 on the ORAC score) BAM!
3. Goji berries (25,000 on the ORAC score)
4. Cocoa (YES!) Unsweetened (85,000 on the ORAC score)
5. Pecans (17,000 on the ORAC score)
6. Oregano (159,277 on the ORAC score)
7. Cilantro (5,100 on the ORAC score
8. Artichoke (9,400 on the ORAC score
9. Clove (314,446 on the ORAC score (WOW!)
10. Tumeric (in curry) (102,000 on the ORAC score)
(*Based on 100 gram serving or approx 3.5 ounces)

One of the things on this list I want you to be aware of is that it is based on 100 grams of each food, which is about 3.5 ounces. When you see some of these herbs with a high, high, high, ORAC score, you’d have to consume quite a bit of that particular herb for that score. That’s why things like blueberries are just awesome.  Some of these foods are easier than others for us to get into our diet. You’ll see some of the higher ORAC scores lower on the list because for instance, I doubt you’re going to want to have 3.5 ounces of clove, even though it has a great score. You can sprinkle it in things, have it in different foods, but it’s also a food people might not gravitate towards as much as they would, with like something like cinnamon.

One of the best ways I know to get these things into your diet is in a smoothie. I have a link to a recipe here that will help you just get that going first thing in the morning. Blueberries are amazing, I don’t know anybody that doesn’t like them, but you get a smoothie going, you add some blueberries, you add some cinnamon, and you’ve covered your antioxidant bases right off the bat. You can also add a little unsweetened cocoa to your smoothie as well, so, you’re well on your way to just getting those antioxidants into your diet. I also have plenty of recipes on my site and I will put some links here to different recipes that I have that use these various herbs and spices and foods.

My challenge for you is to get at least two of these foods a day into your diet.

Again, a nutrient dense a smoothie not only will help you get those antioxidants in, but it also can help you regulate your insulin and your blood sugar, which is also a very anti-aging thing to do.

I highly recommend getting started on something like that, or at least simply introducing some these foods into your diet. I also added artichokes. They don’t have a super-high score, but who doesn’t love artichokes and they are loaded with fiber.

Let’s talk turmeric. It is found in a lot of Indian foods, and spice mixes. Turmeric is one of the most anti-inflammatory spices around and it’s been used in ayuervedic medicine for thousands of years for it’s healing properties. It is a true superfood.

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A lot of my recipes actually have oregano in them because I’m half Greek and I use a lot of oregano and thyme. Thyme is not on my list, but it is one of the higher antioxidants herbs, and of course Pecans, that could be something you throw into your smoothie as well.

Hopefully this list will get you inspired to get those antioxidants into your diet. Thanks for being here, hope you’re having a great week so far!

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