Do you love a good cup of coffee? ☕️ I know I do! I love a hot cup of organic coffee in the morning or mid day….or at night. Even right now I’m drinking some..Geeze I may have a problem 😳😆
Did you know that your coffee is actually packed with antioxidants that help protect you from free radicals?
There is a lot of studies out there that claim coffee is a wonder source that is linked to an INSANE amount of physical and mental health benefits. While I believe this is a definite possibility, I am not going to get into that here because 1. I am not a scientist and 2. I am yet to find any real concrete evidence that backs up some of these miraculous claims.
Let’s stick to the facts that we DO know shall we? Coffee is packed with rich antioxidants which are incredible for your skin and overall health especially when it comes to fighting free radicals and the damage they can cause to our bodies.
Along with antioxidants coffee provides the obvious, caffeine! Which also has superior benefits when it comes to skin such as reducing inflammation and puffiness. Yes please!
Let’s talk a little more about antioxidants and free radicals.
If you are like me you want to know the WHY and HOW behind everything! If that is the case then read below. If you don’t want to know the ins and outs and just want to learn how to make the balm, then feel free to skip below and go right to the recipe and video!
What are free radicals? Free radicals in simple terms are unstable incomplete atoms that basically take from other atoms or molecules in effort to “complete” themselves. By taking or stealing electrons from other atoms these free radicals end up creating even more free radicals which in turn creates a chain reaction that we do NOT want going on in our bodies. If we do not have enough antioxidants to out weigh the free radicals we will end up with something called oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is caused by an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in our body. This is when free radicals outnumber the antioxidant count and this can lead to premature signs of aging among many other health issues. We do NOT want this. So, we are going to eat our fruits and veggies and create as many antioxidant rich products as we can!
The word ANTIOXIDENT what does it mean? Anti means “opposite of” and Oxidant(Oxidation) means the movement or loss of electrons. Meaning antioxidants inhibit oxidation (free radicals). They do this by giving away one of their own electrons to satisfy the free radicals “needs” which stops the free radical from needing to steal an electron from another atom. The superpower here is, the antioxidant is able to give away an electron but then go about it’s day without turning into a free radical itself. Amazing right? The free radical gets stopped in its tracks and provided the electron it needed and the potential chain reaction that leads to oxidative stress is avoided (in simple terms of course) all thanks to the antioxidant. WOOHOO!
One thing I know for sure is the negative effects from an overabundance of free radicals is real and very serious. I will continue to increase my awareness of what goes into my body and my families bodies along with increasing our antioxidant intake as much as possible!
Free radicals are not all bad, don’t get me wrong, but we definitely have to keep them in check. The best way to do that is by making sure we have plenty of antioxidants at the ready whenever needed. Oh and don’t smoke!
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