Antioxidants are substances that help your body fight free radicals (toxins) that are found in your environment in the form of pollution and in your food as chemicals and preservatives.
Free radicals can do immense harm to your body. They are the reason that now more than any other time in history more people are sick with disease, more people are on prescription medications, and more people are obese. Even children as young as five and six are being diagnosed with diabetes.
However, if you go to parts of the world where people don’t have access to a diet of processed, chemical laden food you won’t find much illness, obesity, or ill health at all. As a matter of fact the average life span and level of overall health of individuals in these areas is significantly higher than that of people in the United States or Europe.
Why is This?
It is because their diet health revolves around a lot of organic fruit. Organic whole foods don’t contain any free radicals because they are grown naturally without any:
* artificial fertilizers
* growth hormones
The antioxidants that are in fruit (the highest concentrations are in dark colored fruits) fight free radicals and slow down the aging process. The Acai berry, from the Amazon rainforest, has enough antioxidants to help fight diseases like cancer. The goji and noni berry have been found to have similar diet health benefits.
Fruit For Your Brain’s Health
Believe it or not, adding fruit to your diet can give you a more efficient memory. This is because when you eat “living” foods, such as fruit, they are perfect nutrition for your “living” cells, which make up your brain and every other part of your body. If your cells are thriving and healthy, that corresponding part of the body will have improved function as well.
For optimal diet health you need fiber. Fiber ensures a healthy digestive system, which is responsible for the final task in eliminating free radicals from your body. Consuming adequate fiber is also key in fighting and reducing the risk of getting diseases like colon cancer.
Making organic fruit a part of your diet and health helps your body fight and prevent many unwanted things such as:
As you can see there are many reasons to reach for a piece of fruit rather than a candy bar or bag of potato chips when you want a snack. Of course you can indulge in whatever you want sometimes, but if you can eat more fruit you will notice the diet health benefits pretty quickly.