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WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS? + A DELICIOUS BERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE

I guess you have probably heard the word antioxidants before, but have you ever looked into what they really are? Today I want to go into what are antioxidants? Why are they so good for you? + give you a delicious berry smoothie recipe filled with those good antioxidants 🍌🍓🌿🙌✨

When looking at what Antioxidants are, we first need to look into something called free radicals. Free radicals are waste produced by cells as the body processes food in reaction to the environment. If the body can’t process and get rid of free radicals efficiently, then oxidative stress can occur – and this can harm cells and how the body functions.


There are several factors that increase the production of free radicals in the body, it can fx be internal in form of an inflammation – this can be caused by eating too much processed and sugary foods, or it can be external, such as pollution, UV exposure or cigarette smoke.

As you can hear, we don’t really want too many of these free radicals and the oxidative stress in our body.

And this is where antioxidants come into the picture! Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells that have been caused by free radicals.

The body itself does produce some antioxidants, but you can also get more antioxidants into your body through the food that you eat.

So if you want to have a healthy, fresh body, and beautiful skin, starting from within by eating more antioxidants is a good place to start.

Good food sources of antioxidants include;
– Eggplants
– Legumes
– Green Tea
– Red Grapes
– Dark chocolate
– Pomegranates
– Blueberries
– Apples
– Broccoli
– Spinach
– Lentils

DELICIOUS ANTIOXIDANT RICH BERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE

  • 1 banana
  • ½ avocado
  • 4cm ginger
  • 1 citrus
  • a handful of frozen raspberries
  • a handful of frozen blueberries
  • ricemilk to cover
  • hemp seeds

    + Extra: I also add 3 teaspoons of lecithin granulate and a few teaspoons of an oil blend (‘Kvinde Olie’ – Oil of Life) to the smoothie as well to get some more healthy fats in there

Read also: Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe

Health

THE BENEFITS OF DRINKING GREEN TEA

I’ve been drinking Green Tea for the past 8 years ever since I once read about all the benefits of drinking Green Tea. Not only is drinking a cup of tea delicious and comforting, but it is also so beneficial for your health as well, that’s what I absolutely love about it! 🍵🌿

If you aren’t already drinking green tea, then I want to give you tons of reasons in this blogpost for why to get started with this! Green tea is filled with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body.

I have been drinking at least 1-2 cups of green tea pr. day for the past 8 years. I remember reading about the benefits of it in high school, and then I just got started on it. Nowadays, it just ain’t as good a day if my mornings doesn’t start with my cup of green tea.

My little life motto goes like this; “A cup of green tea a day, keeps the doctor away”

But let’s get into the fun part, about all the amazing benefits that this tea has!

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

  1. Green Tea Helps Reduce Inflammation & Fight Cancer
    Green Tea is rich in polyphenols, which helps to reduce inflammation in the body and can help to fight cancer
  2. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning & Improves Physical Activity
    Some studies have shown green tea to increase fat burning, and caffeine itself has been shown to improve physical performance.
  3. Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection
    The catechins in green tea can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses. Green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of caries.
  4. Green Tea may Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes involves having elevated blood sugar levels and being insulin resistant, or having an inability to produce insulin. Studies have shown that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and can reduce blood sugar levels.
  5. Green Tea may Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
    Cardiovascular Diseases include things such as heart disease and stroke. Studies have shown that green tea can improve some of the main risk factors for these kind of diseases.
  6. Green Tea can Help Reduce Signs of Ageing, it Promotes Longevity and it Helps Reduce Sun Damage
    Green tea has strong antioxidants, which helps to fight inflammation. Green tea can help inhibit oxidative stress and the potential inflammation that might come from it. Green tea are also rich in an anti-ageing antioxidant, known as EGCG, which helps fight wrinkles by increasing cell turnover.

    With all those health benefits I’d say; no wonder why green tea has become very popular! And if you like the taste, then I would say go drink more of this healthy tea!

I’m curious to know, have you already jumped on the Green-Tea-Wagon? Or has this post perhaps inspired you to wanting to try it out? A little tip is that some pure green tea can be a bit bitter in the taste, so if you want, then you can go for green tea with lemon, those are my personal favourites 🍵🌿

Resources:
6 Things that May Slow the Aging Process – HuffPost
10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea – Healthline
Anti-infective Properties of Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate (EGCG), a Component of Green Tea – PubMed
Anti-microbial Effects of Green Tea Polyphenols on Thermophilic Spore-Forming Bacteria – ScienceDirect
Antiviral Effect of Catechins in Green Tea on Influenza Virus – PubMed
Effect of Green Tea on Glucose Control and Insulin Sensitivity: a meta-analysis of 17 randomised controlled trials – PubMed
Influence of Green Tea and Its Three Major Components Upon Low-Density Lipoprotein Oxidation – ScienceDirect
Green Tea Consumption and Mortality among Japanese Elderly People: The Prospective Shizuoka Elderly Cohort – ScienceDirect

Food Health

MY CURRENT HEALTH FAVOURITES

Jeg har ikke lige fået noteret nogle interessante links i den forgangne uge, så istedet for tænke jeg, at i kunne få nogle af mine nuværende sundhedsfavoritter!

Matcha
Matcha pulveret* er helt fantastisk og har 137 flere antioxidanter end normal grøn te, og så er det rig på fibre, klorofyl, vitaminer og det hjælper med at holde blodsukkeret lavt. Der er tonsvis af fordele ved at indtage det skønne matcha pulver, og jeg kan kun anbefale at prøve en matcha latte! (1 tsk matcha pulver, 1 dl plantemælk, 1 tsk kokosolie, lidt ceylonkanel, lidt vaniljepulver og 2,5 dl kogt vand – blendet sammen og voila, en skøn matcha latte!)

Gurkemeje
Gurkemeje* er et andet vidunderkrydderi, og ligesom matcha kan gurkemejen også bringe dig masser af sundhed. Det er antiinflammatorisk, sænker risikoen for hjertesygdom og kræft og meget, meget mere. Gurkemejen kan både bruges i mad retter, og ellers i en skøn ‘turmeric latte‘ – men husk lige at proppe peber i også, for det øger indtagelsen af stoffet curcumin med 2000 %!

Maca
Maca pulver* har en positiv effekt på hormon balancen samt øger fertiliteten hos både mænd og kvinder, og kan derfor anbefales til kvinder der vil stabilisere deres hormoner, på energiniveauet og er en sundhedsbooster der forbedrer immunsystemet. Jeg er selv begyndt at bruge det i min havregrød om morgnen og det kan også tilføjes i fx en matcha latte.

Sauerkraut
Eller surkål*, er fyldt med probiotika. Probiotika er fantastisk for din tarmflora, og hjælper med at gøre din fordøjelse og dit immunsystem bedre. Jeg prøver at snige lidt surkål ind når jeg spiser salater engang imellem. En anden god måde man kan få probiotika på, er i form af kombucha. Selv tager jeg også et probiotika kosttilskud hver morgen for at vedligeholde en sund tarmflora.

Hvad er dine sundhedsfavoritter?

*Affiliate links. Men du kan også finde alle sagerne i næsten alle fysiske og online helsekost butikker

English:

I haven’t written any interesting links down in the past week, and therefore I thought that I instead could share some of my health favourites with you today!

Matcha
Matcha powder* is amazing and has 137 times more antioxidants than normal green tea, it is rich in fiber, chlorophyl, vitamins and it helps to lower the blood sugar. There are tons of benefits to taking the matcha powder, and I can only recommend you to try a matcha latte! (1 tsp of matcha powder, 1 cup of plantmilk, 1 tsp of coconut oil, pinch of ceylon cinnamon, pinch of vanilla powder and 2,5 cups of boiled water – blend it all together and voila, a lovely matcha latte!)

Turmeric
Turmeric* is another wonder spice, and just like matcha can turmeric also provide you with a lot of health benefits. It is anti-inflammatory, lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and much, much more. Turmeric can both be used when cooking, but also in a lovely turmeric latte – but remember to put some pepper in it as well, since this enhances the cur cumin with 2000%!

Maca 
Maca powder* has a positive effect on the hormonel balance and enhances fertility in both men and women, it can therefore be recommended for women who try to stabilize their hormones, on energy level and it is a real health booster which improves the immunesystem. I have started to use it in my oatmeal in the morning, and it can also be added into fx a matcha latte.

Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut* is filled with probiotics. Probiotics is fantastic for your gut, and it helps improve your digestion and your immune system. I try to add some sauerkraut whenever I eat a salad once in a while. Another good way to get probiotics is in the form of kombucha. I also take a probiotic supplement each morning to maintain a healthy gut.

What is your health favourites?

*Affiliate links. But you can also find almost all of the above things in most health stores.

Sources:
Health benefits of matcha
10 proven health benefits of turmeric and curcumin
Top 5 maca root benefits and nutrition
7 health benefits of sauerkraut
Food Pharmacy
A Pukka Life