We hear about antioxidants being important for a healthy body and to help protect the body against disease, but did you know that they are just as important for a healthy and youthful complexion?
In this article, we’ll delve a little deeper into the wonderful world of antioxidants and by the end, you’ll not only know what an antioxidant is, but you’ll also know how to flood your body and slather your skin in them for the best health and skin of your life!
What is an antioxidant?
First things first! Before you start adding antioxidants into your life, you’re probably dying to know what they are and just why they’re so special.
In simple terms, an antioxidant is a very important molecule that helps to protect the body and skin against harmful free radicals.
Free radical production is often triggered by lifestyle choices such as smoking, excessive alcohol, too much sun, processed foods, pollution and prolonged stress. When free radicals outnumber antioxidants in the body this is known as oxidative stress.
Free radicals are known as unstable molecules because they have an uneven number of electrons, they don’t like this and so they steal electrons from other healthy cells to stabilize themselves; this process can lead to the healthy cell becoming a free radical, so they steal from healthy cells and so on. Oxidative stress can cause damage to cell membranes, DNA, and other cellular structures. Not only does this increase your risk of disease, it also damages healthy proteins like collagen and elastin fibres,
How to boost your health, skin, and life with antioxidants
The best way to immediately start flooding your body with antioxidants is to eat them, of course!
Whole foods, brimming in healthy fats, nutrients, and antioxidants will help to flush toxins from your system, improve digestive function and ensure your gut stays happy and healthy. A healthy gut is key to a healthy body and mind.
Some of our absolute favorite antioxidants include:
● Leafy greens like kale and Swiss chard
● Beans and legumes like black beans and chickpeas
● Berries, like blueberries and goji berries
● Red cabbage
Of course, these are just a few! The list is truly endless. As long as it’s a whole food, in its natural state you can bet there are antioxidants in there.
Try this incredible nourish bowl bursting in antioxidants and deliciousness!
Don’t forget about your skin…
Of course, you can also apply antioxidants to your skin by choosing skin care products that are rich in them.
Our products, here at Amisi, are formulated with all-natural botanical extracts and plant oils to infuse your skin with a potent dose of skin-loving antioxidants.
Be sure to check out our gorgeous range of products here.
We hope this article has helped to make things a little easier for you to understand. As long as you start adding more antioxidants into your life, you really can’t go wrong!