So, what are antioxidents anyway? Antioxidents are chemicals in food which fight free radicals. A popular theory is that we age because of the free radicals which cause oxidation. In other words, we rust.
This oxidation process damages our cells and tissues, allowing diseases such as heart disease, alzheimers, cancer to invade our bodies. It’s possible to take antioxident pills but studies show that eating the foods high in antioxidents is more effective.
If your health interests include a longer, healthier life go for the food. Choose foods with a high Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC).
Try to eat five servings daily of foods high in antioxidents: alfalfa sprouts, avocado, baked beans, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cherries, cranberries, garlic, kale, kiwi, onions, oranges, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, red peppers, spinach, strawberries, white grapes.
Some essential oils also have significant to high ORAC counts. If you use essential oils, you might as well choose those with ORAC counts: Anise, Basil, Black Pepper, Blue Cypress, Blue Tansy, Cardamom, Cassia, Cedarwood, Celery Seed, Canadian Cinnamon Bark, Cistus, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Cumin, Cypress, Dill, Douglas Fir, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Eucalyptus Globulus, Fennel, Fleabane, Frankincense (Boswellia carteri), Galbanum, German Chamomile, Ginger, Goldenrod, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Hyssop, Idaho Balsam Fir, Juniper, Kaffir Lime, Laurus Nobilis, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Manuka, Marjoram, Melaleuca Cajeput, Melaleuca Ericifolia, Melaleuca Quinquenervia, Melissa, Mountain Savory, Myrrh, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Orange, Oregano, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sage, Spearmint, Spikenard, Thyme, Tsuga, Vetiver, White Fir, Wintergreen, Yarrow.
While you are doing this, please don’t forget that weekly reflexology sessions encourage homeostasis which is extremely important for continued good health.
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