Antioxidants are extremely beneficial to our bodies. They are chemicals that help the body eliminate free radicles. Essentially they are the by-products of metabolism and other bodily processes. Therefore our bodies produce this naturally.
On a daily basis, our bodies are constantly fighting off diseases, infections and harmful toxins. These toxins cause free radicles which end up attacking our healthy cells. When our cells are unhealthy cancer, stroke and heart disease risk is much higher.
Did you know that our daily routines and lifestyles introduce toxins into our bodies? These toxins often come from exposure to smoke, toxic chemicals, or alcohol. However, eating foods that are rich in antioxidants helps our immune system detoxify these toxins.
Vitamins C, E and beta carotene also known as antioxidants. Beta carotene reduces the damage caused by free radicles. Eat more foods deep in yellow, green orange or red colors. Vitamin C protects body from infections, helps heal wounds and aids the absorption of iron. Eat more citrus fruits.
Where are antioxidants found?
The best sources are in produce. But you can also find them in wholegrains, nuts, herbs, spices and some meats. Mushrooms contain a potent antioxidant that reduces the risks of high blood sugar and obesity.
Mushrooms are fat free, low in calories, which can promote weight loss without the extra fat. The most common varieties include shiitake, white, oyster, or Portobello. Choose mushrooms that are mold free and dry.
If you want to develop healthy eating habits, try adding them to stir-fry’s, salads, omelets or sandwiches. You can also increasing your mushroom intake with this tasty mushroom rice recipe. This recipe is a quick and easy way to incorporate more antioxidants into your daily diet.
Mushroom Rice Recipe
- 7 mushrooms
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 onion
- 2 tbsp. avocado oil
- 4 cups beef broth
- 2 cups of uncooked rice
- fresh sprigs of thyme
- Coarsely chop the mushrooms and onion. Mince the garlic clove and set aside.
- In a saucepan add the avocado oil, garlic, onion and mushrooms until lightly sauté until mushrooms are cooked.
- Next, stir in the uncooked rice allowing the rice to be lightly toasted. Then add in the broth, fresh thyme and reduce heat to low. Cover the pot and leave until all the liquid has been absorbed.
- Once cooked, stir contents of pot until well blended. Serve as a side or main dish.