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Free Radicals: How They Harm Your Health and Beauty

An optimal beauty diet includes vital vitamins, mighty minerals, and generous quantities of antioxidants. These are the substances that combat free radicals, compounds that are formed from normal activities like breathing and digesting, as well as sun exposure, air pollution, radiation, toxins, food additives, pesticides, smoking, stress, excessive exercise, drugs, alcohol, and more. Free radicals cause damage—not only in our skin, where everyone can see the results, but also inside our bodies, where the damage is hidden but just as harmful.
Free radicals are no joke. The “free radical theory of aging” holds that free radicals wreak havoc on a molecular level, and over time this damage accumulates to the point where we develop problems like wrinkles, cataracts, cancer, and various other diseases and disorders of old age. The good news is that there is a way to quench free radicals and to minimize the harmful effects they cause.

Antioxidants to the Rescue

Antioxidants are substances that take hungry free radicals out of circulation by supplying them with the electrons they are seeking without doing any harm to the body. Often, the antioxidant is itself oxidized and can no longer function as an antioxidant—unless it is regenerated by another antioxidant. This is why you need a constant supply of refreshing antioxidants!

It is impossible to live a life that is completely free of all negative influences, so it’s important to keep up your intake of antiaging antioxidants. Consuming these powerful beauty nutrients is one of the simplest, most natural things you can do when it comes to enhancing your health and beauty.

When you eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, you take in natural antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamin E, both of which are fat soluble and therefore help protect the fatty membranes of cells, and vitamin C, which is water soluble and helps protects cells from the inside. The more of these natural antioxidants you consume, the greater protection you have against the effects of aging, both health related and cosmetic.

Phenomenal Phytochemicals

Ancient cultures have known about the medicinal qualities of plants for thousands of years. Plants contain many substances that are biologically active. Some have a direct effect on the body, while others are called biological response modifiers because they somehow stimulate the body to help itself.

Neither vitamins nor minerals, phytochemicals are simply chemicals produced by plants, and some of them are very beneficial—especially because they have antioxidant properties.
In addition to fighting free radicals, they can enhance the immune response, repair DNA damage, fight carcinogens and toxins, boost metabolism, and enhance cell-to-cell communication. Phytochemicals include polyphenols, carotenoids, flavonoids, lignans, and many more. Foods rich in phytochemicals include onions, broccoli, apples, red grapes, grape juice, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, plums, olive oil, chocolate, red wine, and tea.

Beauty from the Inside Out

By now I hope you have a solid understanding of the basic nutritional aspects of food and how the nutrients in food contribute to your health and beauty. In the next post, you’ll find all kinds of fascinating information about the rejuvenating powers my Top 10 Beauty Foods. I’ve done the research for you, so all you have to do is read up—and enjoy the delicious recipes that are part of your Beauty Diet! Get ready to learn how you can achieve beauty from the inside out, as I reveal to you the anti-aging secrets of my Top 10 Beauty Foods. Looking great has never been so delicious!

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