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Holistic Healing | Antioxidant Rich Foods

After giving you a peek into my approach to holistic wellness in the first post of the series, today we’ll be going over some antioxidant rich foods.

So let’s start at the beginning – What is an antioxidant? Simply put, it’s a substance that prevents oxidation. And what is oxidation? Oxidation is a chemical reaction that releases free radicals, which proceed to cause cell damage. While not all scientists see eye to eye, here are some of the purported benefits of consuming antioxidant-rich foods, herbs, teas, and supplements:

  • Slower signs of aging, including of the skin, eyes, tissue, joints, heart, and brain
  • Protection against heart disease, stroke, and some cognitive problems, such as dementia
  • Supporting the system’s detoxification process
  • Healthier skin

A diet that includes these foods can help your body prevent the worst of the damage caused by these free radicals and reduce over all inflammation. Here are some of the best choices for you to add high quality, antioxidant rich, whole foods into your diet.

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A general rule to think about? The brighter and more vibrant the color, the better.

Fruits:

  • Goji berries
  • Wild blueberries
  • Elderberries
  • Cranberries
  • Blackberries
  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Prunes
  • Red berries like strawberries & raspberries

Vegetables:

  • Artichokes
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Beets
  • Peppers

Herbs & Spices:

  • Dark chocolate
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Parsley
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Cacao
  • Ginger
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Green tea

Nuts, Seeds & Beans:

  • Pecans
  • Kidney beans
  • Whole grains
  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans

Which foods are YOU going to add to your diet?

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Holistic Healing 101

Moving towards a more holistic approach to health and healing has been a long-term goal of mine for years. I’ve worked on transitioning out of reaching for “quick fix” Western medicinal options and using nutrition as a tool for improving my health.

Let’s start with the basics – What does holistic mean? The dictionary definition is two-fold:

  • Philosophy – Characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
  • Medicine – Characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.

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{Golden Turmeric Latte from Elana’s Pantry}

For me, that means not treating or masking symptoms of an ailment, and instead approaching it as a piece of a larger puzzle. An easy analogy would be, rather than reaching for an Advil when I have a headache, I try to determine why I have a headache and work to solve that underlying problem. Am I dehydrated? Hungry? Did I have too much sugar yesterday? Too much sun? Am I low on any micro or macro nutrients?

A big part of treating my imbalances and working towards wellness is knowing my body and it’s needs, as well as having a basic understanding of nutrition.

Simply put – Food is medicine.

How we fuel our bodies can solve a number of our daily health complaints and in this series I’ll be focusing on holistic remedies and holistic nutrition background.

A few things that we’ll be covering – Antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and antimicrobials, as well as spices and home remedies like valerian root, elderberry syrup, belladonna, and aloe vera.

Note: I am not offering treatment plans and I’m not suggesting that self diagnosis is something that should be utilized in serious medical cases. Please see a doctor or naturopath if you have any questions about a major health concern. This series is intended to be informational and educational only.

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