Living Healthy and Happy: The Power of Antioxidants

Antioxidants are a crucial component to living a healthy and happy life. Everyday, we are exposed to our environment, different chemicals and other substances that may damage our healthy cells. And let's face it folks, our cells naturally age as we age and all these other things we encounter just hurries along the process. 

Antioxidants helps keep our cells plump, healthy and happy. They help build a defense against all the no-so-pleasant things in our environment. Antioxidants may help prevent onset of disease, especially certain cancers. There is a reason why companies put antioxidants in lotion and sunscreens for our skin. So we need to also put these goodies into our bodies to fight the fight from the inside out. 

Of course, the best way to get them is through foods. 

Here are my top 3 picks: 

1. Legumes:  beans of all kinds, especially kidney, red, pinto, black
2. Berries:  Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
3. Apples:  Red Delicious, Granny Smith

You should consume 3 servings of high antioxidant foods/day. 1 serving from fruit (1 cup) and 2 servings from legumes (1cup/day).  

If you need recipes and ideas to help with incorporating more legumes into your daily regime, let me know. I always recommend getting dried beans and just preparing in the slow cooker, you can avoid a lot of sodium by preparing them this way!

For more information on how to start living YOUR healthy life and discuss an individualized plan for you, call or email me at 515.285.7266 | acundiff@hy-vee.com