Have you heard people raving about antioxidants recently and wondered why it's such an important topic?
Australians are already very health conscious, but over the last few years, there has been a large focus on antioxidants and the many benefits they offer our bodies.
If you're a little confused about what antioxidants are, let me explain:
Antioxidants protect the body from little things called free radicals, which can harm the body and contribute to a variety of blood diseases.
Free radicals are the result of biochemical reactions that can be generated by smoking, drinking and eating fried foods and can also be a risk when exposed to air pollutants and pesticides.
Free radical reactions happen inside our bodies all the time and can damage healthy cells, damaging our bodies in the process.
Antioxidants help protect our bodies from these nasties and can be found in a variety of foods and skincare products as many vitamins and some minerals fall under this banner.
Here are some of the best ways to protect yourself from free radicals and get as many benefits from antioxidants as you can!
Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods
First, we need to protect ourselves from the free radicals inside our bodies and the best way to do that is by eating antioxidant-rich foods!
Next time you go shopping, add grapes, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries, apples and kidney beans into your shopping cart to fight those internal free radicals.
If you wanted to indulge in something a little naughtier, dark chocolate and red wine also have a lot of antioxidants in them, so if you nibble on some chocolate and sip some wine every now and again, your body will thank you for it.
Take Some Supplements
Antioxidant supplements are available at pharmacies, supermarkets and health-food stores so if you already have a diet that works for you (or cannot eat the foods listed above because of medical reasons), taking supplements might be a good alternative for you!
Use Antioxidant-Rich Skin Care
Now that you know how to protect yourself from the free radicals inside your body, it's time to focus on the outside.
Over the last few years, a variety of skin care brands have started creating cleansers, moisturisers and serums that will directly target free radicals and use strong antioxidants to protect your skin.
So join the antioxidant movement people, your body will thank you for it!