Antioxidants – nature’s brain guard ;-D

The world as we know it today is highly polluted, and new generations will have to be increasingly safeguarded against the harmful effects of the chemical age.

You can do this from the inside, with antioxidants, by offsetting free radicals which damage cells.  Oxidants are made every time glucose is ‘burnt up’ for energy inside the cell.  Free radicals can also damage the building blocks of the brain and nervous system, like fatty acids, proteins & phospholipids.  These oxidant compounds are not only created within the body from metabolic processes, they are also breathed into our bodies from car fumes (especially diesel) , cigarette smoke, and ingested through braai & fried foods, etc.  The most important anti-oxidant for protecting the brain against free radicals is Vitamin E.

IMPORTANT ANTI OXIDANTS

Beta Carotene – found in  carrots, sweet potatoes, dried apricots (soak first), squash & watercress.

Vitamin C – found in broccoli, peppers, kiwi fruit, berries, tomatoes & citrus fruits.

Vitamin E – found in seeds & cold pressed oils, wheat germ, nuts, beans , fish & avocados.

Selenium – found in oysters, Brazil nuts, seeds, molasses, tuna & mushroom.

Glutathione – found in tuna, pulses, nuts, seeds, garlic & onions.

Anthocyanidins – found in berries, cherries, red grapes, beetroot & prunes.

Lipoic Acid – found in potatoes, carrots, yams, beets, spinach & red meat.

Co-enzyme Q10 – found in nuts, seeds, sardines & mackerel.

Keep healthy during the festive season.

🙂

Stella K

 

Energy Drinks

Don’t get tempted in giving your children energy drinks.  Besides that they have high sugar content and colourings, they can contain anything from 46 – 80 mg of caffeine per can, which is as much as a cup of coffee.  No level of caffeine is acceptable for any child.  It is a stimulant (even though mostly used and seemingly the most acceptable one too).  It dehydrates the body and the brain.  Sugar as we know is a ‘no no’ when it is in a refined and concentrated form.  Combine that with a stimulant like caffeine and you have a little ‘duracell’ bunny on your hands.  It produces a false sense of energy.

Energy drinks might look promising, but in the end, they are quiet empty of of real proper nourishment for your child during peak physical and academic performance.  Remember there is no ‘quick fix’ in a bottle or a sachet.  Rather rely on nature’s offerings.  It is only through the basics of sound nutrition, positive mentoring and support, hard work and practice, that children thrive and do their best – physically and academically.

The core values will serve them well and both on and off the field, in and outside the classroom.  What good is it giving the impression that they need something ‘extra’ to perform at their best?  Its a slippery slope that may lead to the use of other performance-enhancing substances.

Be critical when reading labels and consult with natural health orientated medical professional for further advice.

Dont give in to the hype of quick fixes.  Sugar and caffeine are ‘baddies’ when it comes to brain wellness (for children or even adults).

Just something else to keep at the back of your mind … when your child has had sports – or a rugby/soccer game – please do not give them an energy drink, thinking it replenishes the electrolytes that might be depleted.

One of the simplest drinks you can give to your child after sports or a game is some natural grape juice – it replenishes electrolytes and the sugar levels in a healthier way than any energy drink filled with chemicals and unnatural substances.

I hope this has helped many of you for the people that you love so dearly.

🙂

Stella K