You Are What You Eat
Everything we put into our mouths becomes a part of us. It helps us through life to make us strong or to make us sick. The foods we eat and the things we drink keeps our bodies going. They are fuel to keep our bodies working.
Food and drinks have been used for thousands of years to heal our illnesses. Yes, using different foods can help us in treating different ailments. Our bodies will react differently to different foods. Each plant and animal carry different healing compounds to keep our bodies running smoothly. These compounds are called antioxidants.
Antioxidants and Free Radicals
Antioxidant, What are they and how do they work in our bodies
Antioxidants help in the prevention of cellular damage. They are well known as vitamins such as A,B,E and C. These are molecules that aid in oxidation in our bodies. Oxidation is a chain reaction of chemicals that produces free radicals. And Free Radicals are electrons that is produced in our bodies from the outside like pollutants and toxins. In very simple terms, Antioxidants (vitamins) help our bodies get rid of the bad toxins in our bodies. The bad toxins (such as smoke, chemicals, and all round pollution) damages the body and causes diseases, sickness, and aging. When the body gets the right amount of vitamins, they help in getting rid of these bad toxins. And this helps the body stay strong and healthy.
Certain vitamins perform different task in our bodies. Different foods carry different vitamins. And some foods carry more of these vitamins than others. Our bodies will react differently to certain foods. But what vitamins help with what aid?
The Big 4: A,C,B and E
The main vitamins (but not limited to) that I want to cover are the A,C,B and E. What task do these vitamins perform? Which ones will aid in what task? And which foods carry these vitamins? Knowing this could keep your body healthy and strong. And maybe even add a few more years to your life.
Vitamin A is found in many fruits and vegetables and also in eggs, milk products, meat and fish. Vitamin A aids in the health of our skin, eyes, and immune system. Vitamin A is a group of antioxidants that can be found two ways. One from animals, which is called retinol. This is from beef, chicken, and milk products. The second is from colorful fruits and vegetables. These are called Beta-Carotene. This is the form of carrots, cantaloupe, kale and much more. Mostly orange, yellow and red vegetables. The dark green vegetables are a great source of vitamin A.
Caution: Too much Vitamin A could be harmful to you!
Vitamin C is well know as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables, such as, Oranges, Apples, Apricots, and Cantaloupe. Vitamin C is well know as the “Cure for the Common Cold”. Not only is it great for the cold and asthma, it helps in the repair of cartilage, helps wounds heal faster, along with benefiting the bones, and teeth.
Other benefits from Vitamin C:
- Helps grow and strengthens hair.
- Helps in growing strong health nails.
- Helps prevents hang nails.
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
- Helps you feel more energized.
The Vitamin B is well known for the energy it gives us. It helps our bodies in the general health like.. Digestive tract, nervous stability, reproduction, metabolism and blood cells. The benefits with getting the right amount of Vitamin Bs (called Complex), are endless. They help aid in Memory loss, Eases Stress, Reduces PMS symptoms, boost your energy, Reduces Heart Disease, reduces anxiety and even depression.
There are eight forms of vitamin B:
- Thiamine – B1
- Riboflavin – B2
- Niacin – B3
- Folic Acid
- Pyridoxine – B6
- Pantothenic Acid – B5
- Cobalamin – B12
Can be found in what foods:
Thiamine – B1 :
Beans, spinach, kale, whole grains, wheat germ, peanuts, Brazil nuts (only 3 contain 200 micrograms)…
Riboflavin -B2 :
Milk, eggs, yogurt, Brussel sprouts, soybeans, spinach, wild rice, almonds…
Niacin – B3 :
Milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, yeast…
Egg yolks, barley, cauliflower, potatoes, fish, chicken, pork, liver, yeast, nuts…
Folic Acid :
Milk, bulgur wheat, beans, beets, salmon, root vegetables, dark leafy greens, asparagus…
Pyridoxine – B6 :
Cheese, sunflower seeds, lentils, chicken,
turkey, tuna, salmon, brown rice, carrots…
Pantothenic Acid – B5 :
Eggs, yogurt, meat, legumes, avocados…
Cobalamin – B12 :
Eggs, dairy, fish, shellfish, pork, beef…