I pretty much live off shakes.
I know I know we need food blah blah, the only problem is I hate (can’t) to cook. I live off basic foods like oatmeal, lean meats, eggs, berries etc. Cooking and me don’t get along too well, so I make the best of what I can do.
However one thing I never ever miss is my post workout shake. I plan to go over exactly what I use post workout later this week but for now here is something that everyone should be using in their post workout shakes (and I use it in my AM shake as well before I eat breakfast).
Basic Info On Antioxidants
- Destroy the free radicals that damage cells.
- Promote the growth of healthy cells.
- Protect cells against premature, abnormal aging.
- Help fight age-related macular degeneration.
- Provide excellent support for the body’s immune system, making it an effective disease preventative.
Why Are Antioxidants Important?
Studies have shown that antioxidants may offer the best protection your body has against damaging free radicals!
A free radical is an unstable molecule that steals an electron from a stable molecule in order to satisfy its need for repair.
In doing so, this free radical destabilizes the stable molecule and creates another free radical in a vicious chain reaction of cellular destruction.
A single free radical can cause damage to millions of other molecules in you body, preventing your body from functioning properly!
This molecular destruction is continually occurring in your body!
Free radicals attack us from many different environmental sources every day.
Some of which are: alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, smoked and barbecued food, harmful chemicals and additives in the foods we eat, sun bathing and pollutants in the air we breath.
They assault your cells, large enzyme complexes, Vitamin C, and DNA.
After age 28, the major source of aging is the production of free radicals.
And with age, the amount of free radicals we produce increases.
Scientists have determined that very large amounts of free radicals accumulated in your body, may significantly shorten your life span.
HEREIN LIES THE IMPORTANCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS
Studies over the last 20 years have shown that free radical fighters found in a certain group of nutrients, namely antioxidants, can protect against a great many free radical initiated diseases.
Antioxidants extinguish free radicals!
Free Radicals cause oxidation in the blood.
Once oxidation occurs, disease can result.
Antioxidants keep free radicals from causing oxidation in the blood, thus neutralizing disease.
Also, stress, chemical pollution, environmental pollution, and the normal aging process increase the demands put upon the immune system.
Studies indicate antioxidants do more than protect against free radicals; they also stimulate the immune system’s response to help fight existing diseases.
How does this help you get “Bigger, Stronger, Leaner, Faster?”
When we exercise we break down muscle tissue and causes damage in many ways to your body. Exercise is good, the by products of exercise funny enough can be bad (go figure).
Reducing inflammation & reducing free radical damage is some of the most important things you can do post workout! So by having quality berries post workout you will reduce inflammation (also with Carbohydrates post workout), and as well reducing free radical damage.
So now get some berries in ya post workout.
Along with helping you recover big time they taste amazing.