The Power of Antioxidants

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The Power of Antioxidants

If you’re into health and wellness, chances are that you will have probably heard of antioxidants. There’s a lot of information floating around about antioxidants and how they can benefit our health but what are antioxidants exactly and can we ensure we get enough of them? 

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What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are substances that help protect your cells against free radicals by neutralising them. Free radicals are complex but in simple terms they are unstable atoms that can lead to cell damage. So it’s safe to say, we want to reap all the amazing benefits of antioxidants, but how? 

How can I consumer more antioxidants?

You can get antioxidants from a number of different sources. The first place you should start is your diet. We all know a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is important but there are certain foods you can consume that are rich in antioxidants such as:

  • Foods rich in Vitamin C such as peppers, strawberries, citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, broccoli and potatoes.
  • Foods rich in Vitamin E such as almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, sweet potatoes and avocado
  • Foods rich in Selenium such as brazil nuts, fish, shellfish, meat, poultry, grain products, wheat bran, beans, oat bran and eggs

Want to know more about how you can improve your diet? Request a consultation with Get A Drip ambassadors and nutritionists, Rhaya Jordan and Pippa Campbell. 

What antioxidant-rich supplements can I take? 

 

Glutathione

Often referred to as the Master Antioxidant, Glutathione is a very small protein that boosts the utilization of other antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E, CoQ10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid (which we’ll talk about soon). Glutathione is responsible for a host of functions that improve communication between cells, reduce oxidative stress and fight free radical damage, amongst other things! 

Vitamin C

We’ve all heard of Vitamin C but did you know that it’s also a powerful antioxidant and that can strengthen your body’s natural defences? Vitamin C supports the immune system and is vital for many other areas of the body such as collagen formation for healthy skin, muscles and bones. It is essential for the nervous system and it increases the absorption of iron which helps with energy levels. 

CoQ10

Although we produce Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) naturally, our levels of CoQ10 begins to decrease as we age. Cells use CoQ10 for growth and maintenance so it can be a good idea to supplement with CoQ10.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

New to the Get A Drip menu, Alpha-Lipoic Acid is involved in energy metabolism and can be consumed in meat however is minimally present in some fruits and vegetables so a supplement can often be a good idea. Alpha Lipoic Acid works with the other antioxidants to support our health and keep us at our optimum best.  

Our new Alpha Lipoic Acid Drip is available in our Westfield clinic from Monday 15 June and available in our Boxpark clinic from Wednesday 1 July. 

Breathe Yourself Back; Reconnect to yourself through breathwork

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Breathe Yourself Back; Reconnect to yourself by using the most natural tool – your breath.

Want to feel more relaxed and grounded? Learn how to breathe.

“Inhale. Exhale.” This has become a staple expression for the past couple of months, as the turmoil of events and emotions has been swinging us right to left, up and down.  

Perhaps it sounds easy when the mind is already calm, but the connection to breath takes real concerted effort when you’re learning to overcome stressful situations and navigate through daily challenges. In fact, our first natural response is to hold or shallow the breath in times of difficulty. But the moment we decrease the quality of the breath, the struggle increases. It’s our natural response. But let’s not forget –  a strong, resilient mind relies on the basics of breath.

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Feel how the breath FEELS

The breath matters for a number of reasons, both subtle and significant. The breath is physical. You can feel it move through your body—in your belly, your ribs, and up into your chest. Observation of breath, on a physical level, gives you a point of focus and distraction from overwhelming thoughts – you literally make your mind drift away from what’s bothering you.

Understand the science behind

The breath links directly to the central nervous system. If the breath is shallow, it contributes to an anxious state. On the contrary, deeper, fuller breaths lead to a calm state of mind when you need to keep your cool, like when you’re doing something new and potentially scary. 

Let the breath be your guide

A deep connection to breath will help you escape the mind chatter. You stay present without the natural tendency to attach to thoughts that could lead to more distracted and stressed state. Staying with the breath helps us observe these thoughts like a passerby. We don’t get trapped by them – we breathe beyond them.

 

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If you’ve never done breathwork before, here is a quick 3-step guide on how to try it yourself in under 5 minutes:

  1. Sit up tall in a chair or on the floor. Rest your hands on your knees. Gently close your eyes.
  2. Begin breathing deeply in and out through the nose. With each inhale and exhale lightly constrict your throat, creating the ocean sound. Keep this contraction engaged the entire time.
  3. Bring your awareness to the sound of the breath and focus on making it deeper and smoother as you continue to inhale and exhale. Start with 3 minutes in the morning or evening and progress from there.

For guided practice, check out a 30-minute breathwork class on Wanderlust channel with Richie The Breath Guy.

About Wanderlust

Wanderlust is a  360-degree yoga lifestyle platform that includes multi-day festival experiences, one-day mindful events, community-focused brick and mortar centers, and an unparalleled custom content platform. For the last decade, we have been a leader in the mindful movement, with a vibrant and active community of seekers who are passionate about finding their True North.

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