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The term antioxidant is thrown around a lot when you hear or read about anything that relates to diet, nutrition, health, and wellness. While it is relatively common knowledge that antioxidants are important for your immune system, do you know what antioxidants really are and why are they good for your immune system and overall wellness? And where can you find antioxidants and how can you make sure that you are getting enough of them every day?
Antioxidants are molecules that stop the oxidation of other molecules. Antioxidants fight the damage that free radicals cause to our cells. Free radicals come from air pollution, rays from the sun, bacteria, cigarette smoke, alcohol intake, and other toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis or choose to expose our bodies to. When your body doesn’t have enough antioxidant-support, excessive oxidative stress can take place, which can damage your internal and external body. Free radicals are also responsible for signs of aging, cancer, inflammatory aliments, asthma, diabetes, and even dementia.
Fortunately, antioxidants are found in a delicious abundance of natural foods. The main antioxidants are vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene. Red, orange, yellow, dark greens, blue, and purple fruits and vegetables typically contain very high levels of antioxidants. This is one of the major reasons why you should “eat the rainbow.”
Beta-Carotene-rich foods include asparagus, beets, broccoli, kale, mangoes, spinach, tomatoes, watermelon, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
Vitamin C-rich foods include berries, kiwi, oranges, papaya, bell peppers, grapefruit, and snow peas.
Vitamin E-rich foods include avocado, mustard greens, pumpkin, nuts, sunflower seeds, and chard.
Are you worried that you might not be getting enough antioxidants in your daily diet or do you want to ensure that your body is always ready to fight back against the constant flood of free radicals?
Juice Plus+ Vineyard blend is packed full of the real powerhouse antioxidants. Each capsule contains concord grapes, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, black currants, bilberries, raspberries, pomegranates, and elderberries. Are you eating bilberries and elderberries every day?
Antioxidants are key players in the fight against heart disease, neurological and mood disorders, the flu and common cold, outward signs of aging, vision degeneration, periodontal disease, infections, and inflammation. Adding Juice Plus+ Vineyard Blend to your daily routine can have significant benefits to your present and future health.
As we’ve talked about in the past, preventative healthcare is the best approach to healthcare and your diet is a major part of your preventative healthcare plan.
Talk to Dr. Blake or Honi, if you like to learn more about easy antioxidant support.
While our intentions might be good, sometimes life gets in the way of us eating enough fruits and vegetables every single day. Our diet might not always be exactly what our bodies need and that’s okay, no one is perfect. Some days we might eat enough fruit, but not enough vegetables, or vice versa. But what if there was a way to get eleven essential vegetables (including two grains and one fruit) in your body in a matter of seconds and with next to no effort other than putting two capsules in your hand, moving your hand to your mouth, and swallowing?
Juice Plus’s Garden Blend is just that. The Garden Blend contains broccoli, parsley, tomato, carrot, garlic, beet, spinach, cabbage, oat bran, rice bran, and kale. Are you eating all of that daily? These powerhouse vegetables, fruits, and grains have extraordinary benefits to your body. While taking Juice Plus+ doesn’t mean that you can skip eating fruits and vegetables all together, it does help supplement your diet and help make sure that your body is getting all of the vitamins and nutrients that it needs.
Your diet is one of the most important factors that plays into your overall health and wellness. It is something that we have complete control over yet many of us have a diet that is lacking in some of the essentials. What you put into your body affects every part of your body, and same goes for what you don’t put into your body. In combination with the Orchid Blend, you can add the vitamins and nutrients from 30 fruits, vegetables, and grains to your daily diet with no more thought than just remembering to take it.
Here are some of the health benefits a few of the key vegetables in the Garden Blend reward your body when ingested.
Broccoli: (A Parker family favorite) is an excellent source of vitamin C and K, folic acid, and potassium. The nutrients in broccoli are key for supporting collagen production, bone health, and your immune system. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals, which damage the body and contribute to early signs of aging.
Spinach: (A true superfood) is loaded with zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, and manganese. Spinach is especially good for your skin and teeth!
Kale: (A hearty dark green) is high in iron, vitamins A, C, K, antioxidants, and calcium. Kale also promotes cardiovascular health and has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Remember, inflammation is the root of most chronic diseases.
Garlic: (Safe guards you from vampires) has been linked to reducing blood pressure, risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, certain cancers, and even the common cold.
Beets: (You definitely want this in your daily diet) are full of essential minerals that are important for healthy nerve and muscle function, as well as promoting healthy bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Beets are also very high in antioxidants and beneficial to your immune system.
If you’d like to learn more about Juice Plus’s Garden Blend, talk to Dr. Blake or Honi. Remember, you are what you eat!
Everyone ages. To think that you can stop the effects of time on your skin is a silly thought and one that causes people to really overdo it on the cosmetic surgery, injections, and skincare fads font. Everyone has some sort of skin concern, whether it is dryness, excess oil, dark spots, or acne. One of the easiest ways to help your skin age gracefully and appear its best is through your diet. Diet is just as important as the other components of your skin regiment, which should definitely include daily sunscreen use, a gentle cleanser, and quality facial oil and other products that are specific to your skin type and skin needs.
Did you know that acne, psoriasis, dry skin, rosacea, fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin could all be partially linked to your diet? What you put into your body will eventually show up on the surface. While we’ve talked about the importance of lycopene, protein, vitamin A, C, and E, omega-3, and sufficient water intake, there are a few other key players that you need to include in your diet to keep your skin looking its best.
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that is critical for the enzymes in your body that are responsible for fatty acid metabolism. While very few people are truly deficient in biotin, eating biotin-rich foods is important to help protect your skin against environmental damage and moisture loss. Your skin cells are actually the first ones to exhibit symptoms when biotin levels are low. Fortunately, biotin-rich foods are common and delicious. Egg yolks, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, almonds, and walnuts are all good sources of biotin.
Sulfur is a highly important mineral for skin health and overall wellness. A sulfur deficiency has been linked to many inflammatory and degenerative diseases, as well as the breakdown of collagen in our skin, which leads to wrinkles and premature signs of aging. Sulfur is also necessary to the synthesis of glutathione, which is one of the most important antioxidants. Remember that antioxidants play a critical role in fighting free radicals, which are one of the leading threats to our skin. Foods like kale, garlic, onions, Brussel sprouts, egg yolks, fish, and poultry are excellent sources of sulfur.
Selenium is a powerhouse antioxidant that helps to ward off inflammation and free radicals. Acne has been linked to low-levels of selenium. Oxidative damage on the skin can appear in the form of visible signs of aging and a dull complexion. A diet rich in selenium will help your skin fight off environmental damage and boost your skin’s radiance. Brazil nuts, fish, spinach, chicken, and turkey all contain this important antioxidant.
Zinc deficiency is unfortunately a common one. Zinc plays a critical role in supporting our immune system. It has healing properties, which benefits damaged skin. Acne has also been linked to low-levels of zinc in the body. Our skin needs all the help it can get since it is constantly exposed to the elements and an abundance of free radicals. You want zinc on your side! Oysters and other shellfish, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, cashews, mushrooms, spinach, and chicken all contain this valuable mineral.
The great thing about eating a healthy skin diet aside from the amazing effects it will have on your skin is that the foods your skin craves are also incredibly important and valuable for the rest of your body. The sooner we realize how important diet and nutrition is to our health and wellness, the sooner we will be feeling, performing, and looking our best. It is far easier to eat healthy now and take care of your one and only body than to try and fix the damage later.
Healthy skin requires love and care from the outside as well as from the inside. We can protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun with mineral sunscreen and the sufficient application of it. We can reduce the appearance of fine lines, soothe red and irritated skin, clear up blemishes, hydrate parched patches, and promote a dewy radiance with the use of natural and essential oils and high quality serums and creams. We can treat our skin to HydraFacials and spa treatments. We can even implement homeopathic home remedies to help our skin look its best. But if your diet and habits are bad, it is likely that your skin will reflect your poor choices.
A healthy diet is crucial for a healthy life. Our systems require certain vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to function properly and this also includes our skin; the largest organ in our body and the one that protects us from all of the external elements. Think of your skin as your body’s shield on top of it being the physical part of yourself that you present to the world. What goes into your body will eventually reveal itself on your surface.
In the book Feed Your Face, Dr. Jessica Wu offers a few simple insights into the types of foods we should be eating in order to help keep our skin looking younger, smoother, and more radiant. The following foods are also great for the rest of your body too!
Tip one: Eat a variety of color at every meal. The more colorful your plate is with natural foods, the more likely your meal is healthy and well balanced. Three colors in particular that are quite valuable to skin health however are red, yellow, and green. Red, specifically tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is great at fighting free radicals, which contribute to skin damage and early signs of aging. Yellow and green vegetables such as arugula, kale, spinach, and squash are also free radical fighters and can help to reduce the breakdown of collagen. A good rule of thumb is that the darker and brighter the color is the more nutrients it has.
Tip two: Make sure you are eating ample protein. Eating a diet rich in protein is essential for the absorption of amino acids, which come from protein. These acids are key in collagen production. Collagen is what makes your skin strong. Amino acids are also important for the elastic issue in your face. Lack of amino acids will result in lack of strong and supple skin. It is important to remember that protein comes from far more sources than just animals. In fact, plant-based protein is much healthier and more environmentally friendly. Good sources of plant-based protein are lentils, black beans, peanut butter, wild rice, chickpeas, chia seeds, spinach, and steel cut oatmeal.
Tip three: Eat omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, C, and E rich foods. Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for strengthening your skin. Foods like sardines, chia seeds, flaxseed, and walnuts are very high in omega-3. Juice Plus+ also recently released a new attention to their line of whole food nutrition, an Omega Blend, that is packed full of all of the omegas! Vitamin A and E are antioxidants that will help your skin’s defense system against free radicals and reduce the signs of premature aging. Almond butter, sweet potatoes, carrots, and cantaloupe are all full of vitamin A and E. Vitamin C works wonders for collagen production. Make sure to eat plenty of bell peppers, strawberries, citrus, kale, and broccoli to keep your skin plump and supple.
Tip four: Hydrate. Divide your weight by two and that number is the number of ounces of water that you should be drinking on a daily basis. Every system in your body requires water and your skin is no exception. Drinking sufficient water will not only help to flush out toxins, but it will also help to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.
Here are some more delicious additions to your diet that will benefit your skin:
- Olive oil
- Dark chocolate
- Green tea
- Red wine (1/2 to 1 glass)
- Sunflower seeds
“Don’t contaminate your body with toxins either through food, drink, or toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system. It is the vehicle that will carry you on the journey of your evolution. The health of every cell contributes to your state of well being, because every cell is a point of awareness within the field of awareness that is you.” Deepak Chopra
We only get one body. It is this body that not only carries our soul, but also makes our life on this earth possible. Our bodies are quite resilient. Our bodies are there for us even when we don’t treat them particularly well. Your relationship with your body however should be one of love, acceptance, respect, and nurture. Your relationship with yourself, which includes your physical body, will eventually whither and crumble away with perpetual abuse, malnourishment, and excessive toxins of any sort.
Our health is everything. It is easy to take for granted our health while we have it, but only when it is compromised do we realized how important it really is. Save yourself the struggle, if you can, and realize now, while you are healthy how valuable that state of being truly is. It is true that some things are beyond our control, but for the most part we actually have great control over our physical and emotional self. For starters, you have complete control over what you put into your body.
It is far easier to remain in tack than to be in need of repair. Broken bodies come from bad choices. Continually fueling your body with fake food (over processed, preservative soaked, chemical heavy, and can’t even pronounce the ingredients kind of food) is linked to all sorts of health maladies. We wonder why more than half of us are overweight, more than a third of us will be diagnosed with some type of cancer in our lifetime, and great deal of us are fatigued, stressed out, and unhappy on a regular basis. You are what you eat. You are what you decide to do.
Toxins come in all different forms from foods, beverages, alcohol, drugs, people, lifestyle choices, and careers, just to name a few sources. Toxins are a choice. The decision to purge your body and lifestyle of toxins is a personal decision that will have individual results, but the results will be positive. You are capable of extraordinary things. Your life should be nothing short of extraordinary. Get rid of whatever it is that is weighing you down and holding you back. When we take care of our bodies, our bodies will take care of us.