Disclaimer: I am not a trained medical person of any kind. I am a person struggling with my own weight and health issues. I like to research subjects and post about them once per month. As writers tend to sit and type or write longhand most of their day, I like to look at things from the point of view of ways to stay healthy while writing.052718 healthy-lunch-meal-fruits

Miriam Webster defines antioxidants as a substance (such as beta-carotene or vitamin C) that inhibits oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen, peroxides, or free radicals.

Basically, we are rusting away and because we can’t waterproof our bodies, we have to fight the free radicals in other ways. We can consume many of the needed antioxidants in our food, but often taking a supplement will help guarantee the correct dosage gets to your eyes, skin, and all the organs that need this help.

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The good news: Antioxidants are found in tea, coffee, wine, chocolate, fruits, and veggies. Does this ring any bells dealing with the no red meat stuff I posted last month? Yeah, steak does nothing to keep your body from aging and your memory from slipping through your fingers.

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Pop quiz: How many of the top ten foods, often called Superfoods, do you regularly consume now? Give yourself 5 points for each one. I scored 25 out of a possible 50, which isn’t great. I need to up my consumption of orange vegetables, like sweet potatoes, and dark green leafy things like chard or collard greens. I’m happy to report that I had a salad with spinach today.

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If you were an adult in the 90s, you probably noticed all the hype about antioxidants at that time. Studies showed there was a possible link between these wonderful compounds and fighting off cancer, diabetes, and other serious ailments. The crusade began to push antioxidant supplements and anti-aging pills. The drawback being, if you overload on supplements, you suppress your body’s natural ability to produce your very own, made just for you, antioxidants.

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Look at your diet, consult with your healthcare professional, and figure out what changes you need to make if any. A simple way to up your anti(oxidents) and drink more water, always a good idea, is to get Bai Antioxidant Water. I don’t believe it’s a good idea to invest in one of those hugely expensive alkaline machines that artificially infuse your tap water with the stuff. Tests show the results are brief and sketchy.

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Good health all comes down to paying attention to what you consume, liquid or solid, every day. Get enough water, get enough sleep, get enough exercise, and you will be rewarded with a body that can get things done. Even editing will become enjoyable. Just kidding, editing always sucks. But maybe your eyes will get you through it better.


Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday.

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