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Hands up, everyone who would like to feel or look younger! Everyone knows the signs and sensations of aging. So what if you could do something that would take no extra time or effort on your part, but would work against the mechanisms of aging? You have about 70 trillion cells in your body. Your cells have only what you put in your mouth, and what you breathe in, to use for their processes and for making new cells. Why not make the most of what you feed your cells?
That’s right, I’m recommending you eat. However, I want you to switch what you swallow. And I want you to chant “switch what you swallow” to yourself every time you get ready to eat, and every time you wish you were or looked younger. Antioxidants are your new best friends, if you want to feel and look younger. So what’s an “antioxidant”? It’s basically any substance that fights oxidation, or free radical damage. Substances around us, like air pollution and cigarette smoke, are huge sources of free radicals. They promote cell aging. Pesticides in conventional foods are a great source of free radicals. More environmental toxins in this century make it a wise choice to make sure you eat more antioxidant foods.
Jim Rohn said,
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
Your multivitamin/mineral supplement is probably helping to some extent. However, eating fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains is powerful. Antioxidants fall into several groups: enzymes, vitamins (A, C, E, Beta-carotene), and flavonoids, or polyphenols. There are over 5,000 flavonoids in different foods, according to Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, a Tufts University professor of nutrition, quoted in WebMD. Blumberg says different antioxidants work in different ways and in different types of tissues. Therefore, we need a variety of antioxidant foods working for us. For enzymes and vitamins, catechin, hesperetin, luteolin, and quercetin, think berries and citrus, other fruits, green crunchies, nuts and seeds, even squash, sweet- and white potatoes. For epicatechin 3-gallate, drink your green tea. Cook produce as little as possible, since a British study found cooking can reduce much of the antioxidant power of food. Find selenium in chicken, eggs, fish, garlic, grains, red meat, and shellfish. Find lycopene in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, and watermelon. Look to the dark green vegetables for lutein. Concentrated flavonoids are in cranberries, pomegranates, and purple grapes.
Are you craving a giant salad with lean protein yet? Good! Why not have that for dinner, for the next 3 days, and eat fresh fruits or veggie sticks for snacks? Why not cut back on sugary sodas for several days, and drink juice blends instead? Try my easy antioxidant invention, the Moteajo: Pour a cup of green tea over ice, and add a cup of blueberry-acai juice; crush in some fresh mint leaves, and enjoy! Notice your energy rising in just 30 minutes. Try fewer processed foods just for 3 days, and notice how smooth and soft your skin is, how bright your eyes are, and how calm and clear your mind and emotions are. So to look and feel younger, it’s powerful to switch what you swallow!
- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition(http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc). Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com.
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