Living in a modern, comfortable and fast-paced society is a big challenge. Especially when it comes to diet and nutrition. It may be a challenge, but it is possible to implement. There are different options for cooking such as fresh, semi-finished, ready, cooked, fried, baked and many other variations for serving.
Surely you have been so busy that you can’t even cook and have to buy something ready-made. In many cases, we most often go to a fast food restaurant like McDonald’s or KFC. These foods consist of a lot of carbohydrates, sugars, calories and very few vegetables and fruits.
I admit that sometimes it is really much easier and more convenient to visit fast food chains, as long as it does not become a daily eating habit.
But if eating without fresh or nutritious food lasts too long, it can cause serious problems for your physical and mental health. Because, as you know, all processes in our body are connected.
For example, if you do not feel well mentally, then you will not be able to exercise or eat, to take care of your body at all. On the other hand, if you don’t feel well physically – you are exhausted, tired and incompetent or bored, it will be a little harder for you to convince your mind to start maintaining itself in the best possible way.
The best way to live a healthy life is to eat a wide range of foods that we choose wisely, knowing what is best for our body in its proper state.
Our way of life in these times is quite harmful to our health. We eat a lot of processed food, exceed the normal amounts of alcohol and cigarettes, we have other unhealthy habits.
We use chemicals in our daily lives and quite often take them with our food, the air we breathe, and our other senses. We are exposed to the polluted environment with harmful, processed gases from cars, burnt coal, cigarette smoke.
Pollution produces more free radicals and damages our cells , hence increases aging and causes serious diseases such as cancer and others. Under these conditions, we ourselves, as well as our bodies, need many more antioxidants to fight the polluting threat.
What exactly are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are chemical compounds that reduce body cell damage and the risk of disease. They are usually found in vegetables and fruits. This is the main reason why we are often encouraged to eat these plant foods. Everyone has free radicals and antioxidants in their body at the same time.
These substances are also called anti or anti-oxidants. They have an extremely beneficial and relaxing effect on our body. They can be created naturally by our body, but in case they are not enough, we should get them with food with high levels of antioxidants.
Today we will go a little deeper into the topic of antioxidants and their various aspects. You will learn how to improve your health with them and how to feel more vibrant.
We will address the following aspects of antioxidants and related:
- Characteristics and properties
- Advantages and disadvantages
- Combinations and combinations
- How they are accepted and by whom
- For whom they are contraindicated
- Do you need to consult a doctor and when
Characteristics and properties
Antioxidants are low-molecule compounds that enter the body through a variety of foods. One of the main properties of antioxidants is to kill free radicals in the body.
Free radicals , in turn, are reactive molecules designed to perform certain functions and maintain health. When we talk about problems related to free radicals, we most often refer to diets, skin aging, oxidative stress and various diseases.
The most common free radicals are heavy metals and toxins, which release toxic oxides and threaten the body with terrible diseases.
When antioxidants and free radicals meet, they bind together and form something like a shield, stopping the harmful effects of radicals.
Types of antioxidants
Antioxidants are different types of organic and inorganic compounds. They can be:
- uric acid
- Vitamin C
- vitamin E.
- flavonoid substances
- feluric acid
- coenzyme Q10
Antioxidants are also found in foods such as dark chocolate, blueberries, goji berries, pecans, artichokes, red beans, blackberries, grapefruit, strawberries, kale, red wine, salmon and others.
These substances are also found in herbs. The most common representatives of them are: cloves, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, cocoa, oregano, basil, parsley, thyme, ginger and more, and more.
The strongest antioxidants of all so far are:
- Vitamin E.
- Ubiquinol (coenzyme Q10)
- Alpha lipoic acid
- Green tea
- Vitamin C
We will now introduce you to several recipes for foods and liquids with antioxidants.
Sangria, full of antioxidants
Products for 4 cups of sangria:
- 250 grams of berries
- 1 peach
- 1 orange
- 1 lime
- 2 glasses of red wine
- 100 milliliters of cherry liqueur
- Fresh mint
Cut the fruit into small cubes or strips, then put them in a blender and beat. When ready, add the wine and liqueur and beat again. The next step is to put the drink in the refrigerator for half a day. After 12 hours you have ready sangria, which you can serve with broken ice cubes.
Green smoothie with antioxidants
Products for 2 cups:
- 8 kale leaves
- 100 grams of cucumber
- 50 grams of pitted olives
- 50 grams of green apple
- Half a glass of mineral water
Mix all the products in a blender, beat and enjoy a divinely delicious and satiatingly useful smoothie.
Blueberry smoothie with antioxidants
Products for 2 cups:
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 5 berries
- Half a mango
- 250 milliliters of mineral water
Mix all the products, beat them in a blender and you are ready for a great start to the day.
Advantages and disadvantages:
The benefits of antioxidants are many. Here are some of them:
- Improve the physiology of the body.
- Destroy free radicals.
- Improve the immune system.
- Protect the body from viruses, bacteria and toxic substances.
- Protect the eyes from retinal degeneration.
- Protect from the appearance of wrinkles.
- They smooth the skin, making it shiny and removing dry areas.
- They protect the heart from the harmful effects of free radicals.
- They slow down the aging process.
- They make the skin healthy and radiant.
- Reduce the risk of developing cancer.
- Extend life expectancy.
- Improve the body’s detoxification abilities.
As every coin has two sides, so antioxidants have advantages and disadvantages. We have presented only some of the advantages, and now it’s time for the disadvantages. Here they are:
- Some of the antioxidants (such as melatonin) act mainly on the brain.
- Other antioxidants do not regenerate after interacting with free radicals. From there, they break down into much smaller molecules.
- In large quantities, the antioxidant selenium is toxic.
- Zinc blocks the activity of free radicals indirectly
- We exceed the normal dose of antioxidants for our body;
- They change DNA.
- They damage the proteins in the body.
Combinations and combinations
Antioxidants can be mixed in many different ways. Above are some recipes for smoothies and sangria rich in antioxidants.
You can combine antioxidants with the food you eat. You can also add them as a spice or addition to any meal, meal, breakfast. You decide.
You can also make a whole meal with antioxidants, but this is not recommended, as you are likely to go to the other extreme and overdose on these substances.
How are they accepted and by whom?
Antioxidants are taken in the form of breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. This can be done by eating fruits, vegetables, adding useful spices to food or by various supplements.
They are accepted by anyone who needs them, regardless of age. They should simply not be overdone and overdosed. It is enough to be within normal limits.
For whom are they contraindicated?
Antioxidants are contraindicated for people who have enough of them in their body.
For example, if you are a person who eats foods rich in nutrients, nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, then you do not need more intake of these substances.
Do I need to consult a doctor and when?
You should always consult your personal physician before starting any diet, diet or medication. Because he knows what and in what amount is correct to take, exactly for your body and condition.
So, the advice we give you is not to overdo the antioxidants in food, but to find your own golden environment, from which you should not go. But the consultation with a doctor remains mandatory above all.