Free radicals are significantly increased by external factors, like alcohol consumption, tobacco smoke, pesticides, air pollution and eating a poor diet. The build- up of free- radicals are known as oxidative stress.
Our bodies produce antioxidants daily in order to keep our system in balance. A gene lacking antioxidants puts you at higher risk of chronic diseases and other health issues. Most foods contain some antioxidants, plant foods are the richest sources.
Personalised lifestyle and nutrition interventions for improving anti- oxidants and decreasing risk for associated diseases of lifestyle will be given according to genotype. It is, however, important to take the full panel into account to ensure a holistic, personalised plan is provided.
Smoothies are high in fibre, which help to keep you full for longer. Plus they are packed with important nutrients, which could be lacking in your diet, especially if you’re not eating a wholesome colourful diet rich in fruit and vegetables.
What makes this smoothie high in antioxidants?
- Pineapple: high in antioxidants, digestive enzymes, vitamins and minerals, immune booster
- Carrots: good source of beta carotene (an anti- oxidant that converts into vitamin A)
- Ginger: stomach soother, immune booster, anti- inflammatory
- Chia seeds: high in essential omega 3, rich in fibre and prebiotics that keeps your gut healthy
- Lemon: A rich source of vitamin C and natural antibiotic
- 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into cubes
- 2 carrots, peeled and cubed
- 1 cm piece of ginger, peeled
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1/2 lemon, peeled
Mix in the chia seeds in ¼ cup of water and set aside. In the meantime, add the rest of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Mix in the chia seeds soaked in water. Blend again.