Start off your day with a healthy dose of antioxidants. This is perhaps the easiest time of day to get the antioxidants your body needs. An example of an excellent antioxidant breakfast would be a piece of whole grain bread topped with almond butter along with a bowl of fresh fruit. If you are in need of a quick breakfast, make a smoothie that includes antioxidant-rich blueberries and a combination of other fresh fruits along with a sugar-free, all natural juice.

Organic fruit and vegetables contain up to 40 percent higher levels of antioxidants. This is good news for people who have a hard time eating the recommended five servings per day of fruit and vegetables. By eating organic, you will be able to get away with eating fewer servings per day or will gain even more benefits from eating the recommended daily amount.

As an added incentive, organic foods do not contain the cancer causing pesticides that conventional food has. By eating the average apple that is not organic, you are typically consuming over 30 pesticides even after it’s been washed. Since one of the primary goals of staying fit and performing a regular exercise routine is to gain greater health, eating organic just makes sense.

Consume a variety of antioxidant-rich foods including artichokes, beans, berries, carrots, garlic, whole grains, tomatoes, broccoli, and many others. Not only will your overall health improve, you will get more out of your workout routine by maintaining healthy muscles. Healthy muscles mean greater strength and less fat in the long run.

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