“Oh, cucumbers are sooo good for you, dude, they’re chock-full of antioxidants…” Yeah…but, what are antioxidants? We were left scratching our heads when posed with the question, and we’re sure many of you are in the same spot. So here we are, breaking it down for you.
In short, antioxidants help prevent cell damage. These substances slow and, at times, reverse the effects of oxidation and oxidative stress, the continuation of which can lead to cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Oxidative stress can be caused by a number of things, such as stress, alcohol, cigarettes, pollution and infections. You may not feel the long-term effects of these things until it’s too late, so it’s important to nip them in the bud, and foods high in antioxidants can help with the healing process. So, yeah. antioxidants are pretty essential. Here are five foods you can add to your diet to help you keep your antioxidants in balance.
Cucumber water isn’t just for the Instagram aesthetic you see! Add a few slices to your morning cup of water to benefit from everything we mentioned above.
Even if you don’t live in LA you can still eat kale, we promise. Churn it into a kale smoothie and down it if you’re not too big on the taste, or just add a bit into your daily salad.
Pretty much any non-poisonous berry. Add on top of your French toast or blend to make a super-fruit smoothie.
Yep. You’re welcome. It’s not just an aphrodisiac – add a little bit to your diet for health benefits.