So you’re reaping the benefits of the short term health benefits associated with stopping smoking, so lets think about the long term or chronic effects it can have on your health too. Smoking can increase plaques and inflammation within the arteries, and this narrows the blood vessels increasing the risk of high blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. So how do you go about reducing the damage caused by smoking? Well, one of the first lines of defence is to consume antioxidants, the more the better, and this is basically known as a cleanse or a detox.
Sources of Antioxidants
Some of the main antioxidants include vitamin C and beta-carotene, and great sources include fruit and veg, and it’s a good idea to vary the colour and type of fruit and veg in order to increase the range of antioxidants you consume. Vitamin Eis another example of an antioxidant, and good sources of these include olive oil, nuts, soya seeds and whole grains as well as sweet potato and green leafy veg.
Supplements are a great addition to your habitual or ordinary daily intake, it’s not always easy to get the amount of antioxidants you need through your diet. So consider multi vitamins and minerals, omega oil blends particularly those high in omega 3 as these have anti-inflammatory properties, beta-carotene supplements, vitamin E, and Spirulina which is one of the most nutritionally dense single nutrition source known to man. Spirulina is approx 60-70% protein and contains vitamin B, iron, magnesium, zinc and beta-carotene and vitamin E.
So you’re at the half way point guys, keep up the great work and we’ll see you next week for the penultimate week…week 3!