Eating food rich in anti-oxidantsÂ should be on everyoneâ€™s list. Especially if you are about to start a fitness program or are already in one. Anti-oxidants help people succeed in their fitness programs by boosting the mind and body by supplying you with all the vitamins your body needs. Whether you are doing personal training or actually train in a personal training studio, incorporating anti-oxidants Â in your diet is a must. Anti-oxidants Â restore the bodyâ€™s delicate equilibrium by shielding the cells of the body from free radicals. We are increasingly exposed to free radicals as a result of pollution and unhealthy diets.
See, if free radicals are not counterbalanced by anti-oxidantsÂ it can lead to cell damage, aging, and even cancer. The two (anti-oxidants and free radicals) are both produced by the body but if the balance between them is not maintained, many diseases such as heart disease and cancer can occur. In a way, anti-oxidants Â keep the body young and healthy.
Some commonly found anti-oxidants to get you started:
Polyphenols are found in richly hued food such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. They prevent certain disease mechanisms from occurring in the body and reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease and chronic diseases. Pigments such as red and purple are good indicators of polyphenols being present. Â Blueberries, pomegranates, red grapes, cranberries, and red or purple sweet potatoes are good sources of polyphenols.
Beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A is found in cantaloupes, carrots, spinaches, tomatoes and squashes.
Vitamin C is commonly found in citrus fruits, cabbage, kale, spinach, broccoli, kiwi, and strawberries. Make sure you have some on hand every day. Our bodies cannot produce vitamin C on its own, which is why you have to supply it every day with vitamin C.
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