Help Your Body (And Your Dog’s) Catch Free Radicals
Last week, we took a look at what anti-inflammatories are and why they work. This week, we are talking about its close cousin, the antioxidant. Antioxidants for dogs are my favorite thing to feed. I feel like I am sending a microscopic vacuum into my dog’s arteries to suck up all the free radicals that are antagonizing their insides. Free radicals are molecules that float freely around your body, looking for an electron to attach itself to. These freedom-seeking particles that come from toxins, pollution and even naturally in your own body and create oxidation—or as we all know it—rust in your body.
Antioxidants are great because they seek out and find these singletons and attach themselves to them like a bad biker’s date to the dance. They keep the free radicals from starting fights by holding on to their arm all night. Antioxidants for dogs keep free radicals from causing damage to the bar (your body).
My favorite antioxidants:
These are my favorite antioxidants that I feed my dogs (and myself). Shake them up each morning in your smoothies or in their food toppers. Not all antioxidants are created equal, but that doesn’t make any less important than another. Have fun with it, some may surprise you!
Okay, I know, you see this everywhere. And for good reason. Turmeric is one of those angelic goldly gifts from the spice gods. Every part of turmeric is good. Read more about it here:
This is probably my all-time favorite antioxidant. It’s also one of the strongest antioxidants for dogs out there and hardly ever given the credit deserves! My dogs get them as crunchy snacks, in our morning shakes and as food toppers. They’re a great source of vitamin C, iron, and ALL EIGHT amino acids! Not too many other fruits will give you that antioxidant punch.
Dandelion leaves are more than just annoying weeds in your yard. Actually, if they are in your yard, stop right now and go pick them, roots and all. Yes, I said go in your own backyard and forage for them. (unless you have sprayed chemicals-ever…) These little beauties pack such a punch when it comes to your health. They are cancer fighting, liver and kidney supporting (diuretic), and a great blood sugar regulator on top of also being an antioxidant powerhouse. They are in season right now because it’s officially spring, so head to your nearest health food or grocery store and pick up a bunch! AND a Perdue study found you can decrease cancer by 90 fricken percent by just adding some green leafy vegetables to your and your dog’s bowl! It’s totally worth it.
We eat these every morning! Just a small amount packs a huge punch. Blueberries are also cancer fighting. Consider this quote from Dr.Axe.com:
“Not only are blueberries rich in antioxidants as a whole, but they are especially rich in proanthocyanidins, which have been observed to have additional anti-aging properties in several animal studies.”
How are we not adding a little handful of blueberries to our bowls each day?!
Clove dried or for a bigger punch, in essential oil form, is one of the substances with the largest known antioxidant properties ON EARTH. This plant is so very versatile. It is great for almost any condition because of its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. You can use close to rid yourself of an infection or to lessen tooth pain. Its antioxidant levels are SO HIGH that you can give cancer a real run for its money by taking clove internally. These free radical catchers help to reverse aging and other diseases.
Raw honey is a kick ass way to get antioxidants for dogs. I mean, even a sweetener can provide these benefits… get out! By consuming raw honey, you are improving your immunity since you do not need to fight off the diseases those free radicals are causing. Plus raw honey tastes amazingggg.
Here’s my Day 1 Antioxidant smoothie share recipe:
Non-negotiables for antioxidant smoothie (choose AT LEAST 2):
1 large organic kale leaf
2 large organic dandelion leaves
½ cup of organic boreal wild blueberries
½ teaspoon organic raw honey
3 drop of clove essential oil
1 teaspoon organic turmeric
5 cracks of pepper (I’m guessing about 1/8 of a teaspoon)
Items that you can do without this week (pick 2)
1 tablespoon organic chia seeds
1tbs organic ground flax seed
½ teaspoon organic coconut oil
organic kefir (provides probiotics)
organic almond milk, or your fave non-dairy milk
½ organic frozen banana (provides texture among all its nutritious benefits)
1 teaspoon organic creamy almond butter (provides protein you’ll need if this is your actual breakfast)
Put all non-liquid ingredients in first, then fill the cup to your desired height with half almond milk, half kefir. I like my shakes/smoothies thick, so I don’t fill glass all the way.
I think this smoothie is particularly tasty! Let me know in the comments what you think!