Hey hey! It’s Peyton again, so it must be Wednesday!
Now, if you’re like me, then some aspects of the health world are completely foreign to you. Things such as antioxidants, fiber, and protein—you know they are important, but you don’t know why that is.
Well today, I’m here to tell you why!
First up, Antioxidants!
As oxygen interacts with the cells of your body, they change, die, and are naturally replaced. However, sometimes cells are damaged and they become harmful to the body, causing a variety of health problems such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, or even Parkinson’s disease.
This is where Antioxidants come in!
Antioxidants work to stop the damaged cells’ chain reactions that lead to disease. Vitamins C, E, and A are common Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, as well as Dark Chocolate and Almonds! So eat up, and know you’re helping your body with every bite!
Fiber is a carbohydrate, but unlike other carbs, your body doesn’t break it down into sugar. Instead, it passes through the body undigested, helping to regulate its use of sugars, keep your blood sugar normal, and your hunger levels down. It also lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even…. constipation. Yikes.
Most adults need 20-30 grams of fiber a day, and they are most commonly found in vegetables, fruits, and beans! So herbivore it up, and your body will thank you for it!
Last, but not least, Protein!
Protein within our consumed foods is digested, becoming amino acids that replace the natural proteins of our bodies. It is essential in the body’s natural repair and maintenance functions. 8 grams per 20 pounds of body weight is the recommended amount of protein per day!
Meats are the easiest way to get the most protein, but fish is also a great source due to its high amounts of protein, but low amounts of fat. However, protein is also found in fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts—especially almonds!
Well guys, that’s all I have for you! Remember to get your daily dose of fiber, protein, and antioxidants today!