The month or more of Christmas over-indulgence has now passed and many people are looking to a detox program to spike their energy levels, clear their digestive system, detox their liver, lose a few kilos and espouse their guilt! The downside (and there is always a downside!) of every detox program is the restrictive diet or numerous pills or shakes to be taken, headaches, the need for a close lavatory and generally feeling like you’ve been hit by a bus for the first few days. So what if there was a way to by-pass the first few days of feeling rubbish and skip to the light, bright, energetic, slimmer, glowing you?
Detox diets are only successful for the time that you follow them which often means a lot of pain for only a short-term gain! Increasing the anti-oxidants in your diet can be an easy and sustainable solution to feeling great, most of the time!
So what are these antioxidants I hear you say? The effects of modern day life such as stress, poor sleep, pollution, drinking too much alcohol, staying in the sun too long, smoking or even healthy behaviours such as exercise can cause oxidative or free radical damage. Antioxidants stabilize these free radicals to prevent disease, damage or ill-health occurring within the body from the oxidative free radicals. Oxidative damage has been linked to diseases such as arthritis, aging, degeneration of the eye lens, damage to the nerve cells in the brain, some cancers, heart disease and liver disease.
Antioxidants are found in nutrition powerhouse foods, some of which may surprise you!
So should I start that detox or eat more antioxidants? Definitely eat more antioxidants! Not only is it tastier and includes many everyday foods negating the need for a special diet but it’s more sustainable for better long term health. By including more antioxidant rich foods you can expect to feel more vibrant, energetic, lose weight if this is required and feel good knowing you are combating those free radicals of daily life!
So harness your antioxidant power today!