LiveingWell Health News Letter
1. Slow Your Aging Process with Antioxidants
2. HERBAL 3. HEALTH SITES 4. RECIPE 5. FACTS & TIPS 6.THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Slow Your Aging Process with Antioxidants
This may not sound too good, but you're rusting inside even as you're reading this. Of course, you're not really
rusting. But there are chemical reactions in your body similar to rusting, called oxidation, that are making you
wear out bit by bit. The good news is that you can slow down this process. If you choose to help your body fight
this "rusting," you'll feel young longer. Why are we all "rusting?" As you know, billions of
chemical reactions are going on every moment of your life in your body, bringing life-giving oxygen to your
cells. Generally, these reactions go on their merry way just perfectly. But sometimes, one of these chemical
processes goes wrong and becomes part of a rogue reaction that damages our cells. It's sort of like rusting, and
it's called free radical damage.
Your body usually minimizes this "rusting," or oxidation, with the help of nutrients called antioxidants.
However, your natural "anti-rusting" defenses are easily overwhelmed in today's world. Toxins in our food,
radiation, pollution, processed food, intense exercise, aging and other influences make it difficult for our bodies
to stop these rogue chemical reactions. Not only does free radical damage make your skin wrinkly,
it is also part of many degenerative disease processes such as heart disease. Even cancer is in part caused by
free radical damage.
There is still a lot of ongoing research about how much assistance our over-taxed bodies need in their fight
against free radical damage. However, it has been shown that common supplements such as Vitamin C, Vitamin
E and Selenium help reduce free radical damage.
That's only the beginning. More exotic supplements are much more potent free radical warriors. Some of these
include grapeseed extract, green tea, glutathione and alpha lipoic acid.
Getting an extra dose of antioxidants doesn't have to mean popping pills. Extensive research has shown that
cherries and blueberries contain highly potent antioxidants. They are nature's yummy little oxidant fighters!
Have you ever tried to stop eating them fresh from a bush? Blueberries protect against memory loss from age,
as well. Your mom probably told you to eat your vegetables. Broccoli, leafy greens and tomatoes are all filled
with antioxidants. They are good for you, your mom was right! And, believe it or not, chocolate is packed with
antioxidants, too. Will extra antioxidants really slow the aging process and protect you from disease that
much? The scientific jury is till out on that question. It's very difficult to measure the full effect of antioxidants.
Maybe scientists will have some better answers in a decade or so, but by then, you'll be a decade older too.
Just be sure to take extra doses of antioxidants now, and you won't feel that much
older in ten years.
About the author.
Naomi Delacroix is a nutrition major who has focused her work on foods and supplements that minimize aging.
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4. RECIPE :
This recipe serves about 6 people.
The following is what you will need to prepare this casserole:
1 Pound Ground Beef
1 Cup Chopped Onion
1 Cup Water
2 Cloves Garlic , Minced
½ Cup Taco Sauce
2 Ounces Sliced Black Olives
1 Package Taco Seasoning Mix
12 Medium Taco Shells Broken into pieces
9 Ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
The following is how you prepare the mixture:
Preheat oven to 375
In a large skillet over medium heat combine the ground beef, onion and garlic.
Saute for 5 to 10 minutes or until beef is browned and onion is tender.
Drain excess fat and stir in the water, taco sauce, 1/4 cup olives and the taco seasoning.
Turn heat down to low and simmer for 4 or 5 minutes.
Layer half of the broken taco shells in the bottom of a lightly greased 8x12 baking dish. Cover with half the meat mixture and sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Repeat using the remaining taco shells, the remaining meat mixture and the remaining cheese.
Bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with the remaining olives.
You can chop up a onion and add it to the mixture as well as any of your other favorites, depending on how spicy you like it.
5. FACTS AND TIPS:
Try a cold spoon run a spoon under very cold water and gently press on skin under eyes.
The spoon acts as a cold compress to reduce swelling and puffness.
Sleep on an extra pillow or two. Elevating your head keeps fluid from pooling under your
eyes while you sleep.
6. Thought of the Day:
"When you love everything you will perceive the divine mystery in '' things. "
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