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Antioxidants: 100% Natural Way to Slow Down the Aging

Importance of Antioxidants for Women Over 45

Do you find yourself fearfully checking your face in the mirror every day? Scared that you may  have slacked off in caring for your skin and discover more “worry lines” around your eyes… or perhaps that you may finally see that sagging second chin fall victim to gravity even more? How about those sunspots on your face and arms that seem to be multiplying by the thousands every time you look at them?

Bet you’re wrinkling your forehead worrying about it now, right?

Well, it is an inescapable fact that we all grow old. As we reach a certain age, most of us will likely start to get wrinkles and some of us will have gray hair. For some, their metabolism will slow down and others don’t know how to supercharge their day and so they easily get tired. Most people call all these as natural signs of aging. As a woman, one of the most pressing concerns are those that are easily visible, i.e. your looks.

You may scoff and smirk all you want, but in this age of social media and selfies, how you look is still as important as ever before (if not more so).

But do you know that you don’t actually have to experience those dreaded symptoms when you age?

Yep, luckily, there is something that is 100% natural and you can easily do to address the inevitable signs of aging as well as all those dreadful health problems that go along with it. What is this that can help you age gracefully, you ask? Well, before we get to that, let us first discuss how aging affects our body (especially to women), and why we women should start to pay more attention to our health and lifestyle.

Let’s get to it then, shall we?

 

So You’re 45+, What Happens Now?

Yes, everyone grows old. No one, man or woman (and of any race), can argue or deny this. And despite all the medical advances that has happened in the last century, there are still no foolproof way to stop those wrinkles and gray hair from coming. No matter how much you may like to pretend you’re Piper Haliwell, you can’t freeze time just so you can stay 25 forever. That’s just life.

How do you know that you’re growing old? Well, are you experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Less Energy
  • Slower Reflexes
  • Slow Metabolism (a.k.a. you easily gain weight)
  • Poor Eyesight and Hearing
  • Dark Spots
  • Dull, Dry, and Sagging Skin
  • Lines and Wrinkles

 

However, you simply can’t deny that looking pretty and youthful are still among the top concerns that plague many of us today, especially women. Case in point, the beauty industry continues to be one of the biggest mover and shaker in the business world. In fact, according to Forbes, the industry is currently worth $445 billion.

Not only does looking young mean you’re attractive, but it also generally denotes good health. And you know what they say…

Besides, who would willingly want to look old and wrinkly, right? But more than that, being old does not only mean NOT looking young and healthy but actually also suggests an increased vulnerability to a plethora of health problems.

In fact, most women over 40 become vulnerable to:

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

 

According to health experts, the main culprit for all those mentioned above, however, is not just Father Time, but also these biological miscreants called “free radicals”.

What are they exactly? Read on and find out.

 

The Truth About Antioxidants and Free Radicals

As we’ve already mentioned, all living things are made up of trillions of cells. And cells are made up of molecules, which are in turn made up of atoms.

Now, some atoms in the body have unpaired electrons, these are called “free radicals”. Health experts say these are the ones responsible for many of the dreaded symptoms of aging as well as some serious diseases. Curious as to why that is? Let’s examine closely then, shall we?

Frightening Free Radicals

As we’ve already mentioned, free radicals are atoms (usually oxygen) with unpaired electrons. Because of this, they become unstable and they go around hunting for other atoms, from which they can snatch electrons to pair with their unpaired ones. When this happens, the victim atoms become free radicals themselves. And since the newly turned free radical atom now has a missing electron itself, it will hunt for that missing electron in other healthy atoms nearby, perpetuating a frightening chain reaction that can cause serious damage to the cells to which they belong.

Now, contrary to what you might think, free radicals is a naturally occurring substance in the human body. Actually, they are a natural by-product of various biological processes such as metabolism. They are also produced when the immune system responds to foreign invaders or threats in the body.

Technically, free radicals are quite harmless, in small numbers… much like those bees or ants you may spy in the park, from time to time. In fact, as long as you’re alive, free radicals are unavoidable and even essential in the conversion of food to energy.

However…

since free radicals are highly reactive, they can’t simply sit still and be “good boys“. They will go hunting to replace those missing electrons. And before you know it, you end up dealing with an angry swarm of free radicals… wreaking havoc to your precious cells, which could become damaged and inefficient. This phenomenon is called oxidative stress.

Now, because of oxidative stress, your tissues and organs could be compromised, which could weaken your immune system and cause a variety of health problems.

Aside from being natural byproducts of metabolic processes, the number of free radicals in the body may also increase due to the following factors:

  • Air Pollution
  • Alcohol
  • Fried Foods
  • Herbicides/Pesticides
  • Tobacco/Cigarette Smoke

Fortunately, like most things in Mother Nature, there is something that can give cells a fighting chance against free radicals, and they are called antioxidants. What are they and how do they defeat those bad molecules? Let’s find out!

Amazing Antioxidants

Now, antioxidants are molecules present in cells that can prevent or restrict the oxidation process. How? They neutralize the formation of free radicals. They do this by freely donating some of their electrons to free radicals, which in turn neutralizes those highly reactive atoms. As a matter of fact, the most appropriate description for antioxidants is perhaps this –> “free radical scavengers”.

What exactly are the benefits of antioxidants? Well, since they fight and neutralize free radicals, that means they are…

Anti-inflammatory Agents

One effect of free radicals is inflammation. So since antioxidants neutralize free radicals, it, in turn, reduces inflammation in the body.

Biological Special Forces

They are your body’s natural defense against environmental toxins such as UV rays, smoke, chemicals, and man-made radiation.

DNA Protectors

Free radicals attack and damage DNA. Antioxidants, however, act as protective shields to your DNA.

Anti-Cancer Agents

Essentially, they can cause cancer cells to self-destruct, which effectively prevents the bad cells from spreading.

Immune System Boosters

Most importantly, antioxidants enhance your immune system’s response to infection. They help in the production of lymphocytes, which are the main helpers in your immune system.

So yes, our bodies need antioxidants because they are the ones that keep the free radicals in check, which makes them one of our bodies’ most important defense system.

Antioxidants can be found in various foods such as fruits, vegetables, and algae.

Now, just as free radicals occur naturally in the human body, so do antioxidants. However, more often than not, due to poor diet, stress, bad sleeping habits, pollution, and other external factors, the quantity of free radicals far surpass and overwhelms the antioxidants in the body, which results in antioxidants waving the white flag. This results in weakened cells, which in turn could lead to a compromised health.

So if you want to be healthy and stay healthy, you need antioxidants… and LOTS of it.

Now, how do you get enough antioxidants daily? Well, most fruits and veggies have antioxidants in them. However, not all plant-based eatables, like most things in the world, are created equal. Some may only have such a minute amount that they may not even be worth your time. What you need to hunt for, and invest your time chewing, are those remarkable fruits and veggies with unbelievable levels of antioxidants and other micronutrients. These amazing eatables are called SUPERFOODS.

 

The Uber-Spectacular Superfoods

You may have heard the word “superfoods” being thrown around by health experts. And no, I’m not joking. They really are called that, and I must say, the moniker is quite well-deserved.

Superfoods are edibles, mostly plant-based, that are unbelievably packed with essential micronutrients such as digestive enzymes, dietary fiber, phytonutrients, probiotics, vitamins, minerals, and of course, antioxidants. They are the perfect eatables that could give your body all it needs to stay healthy, have sufficient energy, and remain looking youthful.

Now, you’re probably wondering which superfoods you should be munching on to start with. Well, here are five pretty good examples you may already recognize.

Acerola Cherry

This pretty red fruit has an unexpectedly vast array of micronutrients such as healthy carbs, healthy fats, dietary fiber, folate, niacin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, panthothenic acid, vitamins A and C, electrolytes, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, protein, selenium, and zinc. It’s known to improve eye health, aids in weight loss, helps digestion, boosts immune system, and slows the signs of aging.

Blueberry

Most berries are full of micronutrients, but this berry, in particular, is rich in not only fiber, phytochemicals, and essential vitamins, but also flavonoids, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, blueberries are known to help lower blood pressure, fight wrinkles, and prevent memory loss.

Acai Berry

A super fruit that has certainly taken the health and fitness world by storm, the acai berry is not only loaded with antioxidants but it’s also chock-full of amino acids, dietary fiber, electrolytes, healthy fats, B vitamins, trace minerals, and phytosterols, which can effectively lower your cholesterol.

Green Tea

This incredibly healthy tea is packed with antioxidants such as catechins, which helps prevent cell damage and lowers the risk of cancer, and polyphenols, which not only prevents cancer but also efficiently reduces inflammation in the body. It also has caffeine, which improves the brain’s cognitive function and helps prevent memory loss.

Alfalfa

Quite a powerful natural detoxifying substance, the alfalfa plant is a very good source of calcium, biotin, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassiun, phosphorous, sulphur, pyridoxine, and tons of phytonutrients. It also has essential amino acids and vitamins A, B12, C, D, E, and K.

According to health experts, the average person should consume several servings of fruits and veggies every day to get sufficient amount of antioxidants and micronutrients for the body. This means you’d have to eat quite a lot!

Who actually has the time or money to accomplish that these days? Not many, that’s for sure!

Thankfully, there’s a more convenient way to get your daily dose of antioxidants. And what’s more? It will only take 30 seconds of your time! Amazing, right?!

 

An Abundance of Antioxidants in 1 Scoop

There’s this brand-new daily greens formula that can provide your body the antioxidants it needs. And you don’t have to buy, prepare, and painstakingly chew a ton of fruits and vegetables to do it!

What am I talking about exactly? I’m talking about this amazing new green powder called Life Essentials. It’s made up of 14 superfoods ingredients, each of which contains a ton of antioxidants that are armed and ready to fight and neutralize those sneaky “free radicals” in your body.

And it’s 100% USDA-certified organic, which means no GMO, and no harmful chemicals and radiation.

On top of that, Life Essentials is also full of wonderful micronutrients such as enzymes, fibers, probiotics, phytonutrients, and an array of essential vitamins and minerals. All of these awesome micronutrients will not only help you stay healthy, but also give you the energy boost you need for your daily tasks and more!

Yes, surprisingly, you don’t have to have the ability to stop time to deal with the inescapable signs of aging. You just have to put 1 scoop of Life Essentials in 1 glass of water, and you’re all set!

So yeah, start looking youthful and healthy today and get your daily dose of antioxidants and essential micronutrients with Life Essentials!

Kate B. Forsyth is a writer for Be Healthy Today, who specializes in health and nutrition. Her passion is to help people get an overall transformation of health that lasts a lifetime. In her blog posts, she goes beyond research by providing health-concerned citizens doable and simple tricks to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

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