Toxins. They are everywhere and we are continually exposed through the air, the water, our food, and the things we use. I believe that toxic exposures are harmful to our skin and health. Exposure to toxins, even low-levels, builds up in our body and causes us issues through free-radicals. The free-radicals are damaged cells that increase our risk of disease and accelerate the effects of aging.
To help support our skin and body from the effects of the free-radicals, we need to bring in antioxidants to protect our tissues from being damaged.
These are a few and are by no means an exhaustive list:
2. Obesogens, including:
3. BPA- which stands for Bisphenol-A
People become exposed as BPA leaches into food and beverages that we consume.
Research has linked it to fertility issues, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, asthma, and more. It also can act as an endocrine disruptor which imitates our body’s natural hormones and disrupts their functions and elimination in the body.
The CDC did a survey (NHANES III) in 2003-04 and found BPA in 92.6% of 2,517 urine samples from people 6 years old and up.
Thankfully, this has been brought to many people's attention and you will find more plastics marked as BPA-free.
You can find it in popular cereals, fruits and vegetables, soy, and grains (like wheat and oats).
Try to eat as many organic products as possible to avoid as much as you can (there is often still some cross-contamination, but the levels in organic products should be much less).
Thankfully, it is easy to get antioxidants through food! When we consume a diet high in these, our health and skin improve. Plants have phytochemicals or nutrients that are beneficial to our health. There are thousands of phytochemicals.
Here is a list of 10 food items (and their phytonutrient) that are great antioxidants, but remember to look for organic:
Antioxidant benefits through: Catechins, a polyphenol compound
Examples: Broccoli, cabbage, kale, watercress
Antioxidant benefits through: Glucosinolates - sulfur containing chemicals in plants
Antioxidant benefits through: Organosulfates
Antioxidant benefits through: Phenolic Acid, Rosmarinic Acid
Antioxidant benefits through: Bioflavonoids, Ellagic Acid
Examples: Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries
Antioxidant benefits through: Bioflavonoids, Anthocyanidins
Antioxidant benefits through: Catechins
(Small amounts are all you need... not an excuse to drink in excess)
Antioxidant benefits through: Bioflavonoids. Trans-resveratrol
Antioxidant benefits through: Non-Flavonoid Polyphenols
Antioxidant benefits through: Carotenoids like beta-carotene and lutein
We should try to avoid the toxins that we can, but we won't be able to avoid them all. It is imperative to support our skin and our body with as many antioxidants as possible.
How many can you include on a daily basis? The more the better!
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