Energy Challenge : Antioxidants

Energy Challenge : Antioxidants
Let's talk about antioxidants. That word gets thrown around a lot as we discuss wellness, but what does it really mean?

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers" and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals. Some of the most delicate cells of the body are the reproductive cells, which are extremely vulnerable to oxidative damage. So you can only imagine the massive importance of an antioxidant-rich diet for fertility and the health of our future children and grandchildren.

Ok picture tiny little molecules floating around your body carrying things to places and keeping you going. BUT. The molecule is half complete. It’s missing its soulmate electron to make it come alive. (This is a free radical!) So it runs around your body like a codependent maniac screaming, “Complete me!!!” to every good-looking atom it can find with electrons. In its frenzied effort to get its needs met, it damages cells, proteins, and DNA, potentially leading to many chronic diseases including heart problems, diabetes, and autoimmune disease.

So, let’s get our friend some help.

Antioxidants protect cell membranes from creepy stalker free radicals. When we don’t have these antioxidants things get out of control quickly. It is best to obtain antioxidants from a whole-food, nutrient-dense diet and plants (essential oils!) rather than synthetic sources in many supplements.

“A January 2005 Stanford University study found that people with the weakest ability to scavenge superoxide free radicals lived over 35% shorter lives than controls. A critical enzyme in the body known as superoxide dismutase (SOD) is essential to mopping up and deactivating superoxide. When this enzyme is deficient life expectancy drops dramatically.”
  • Excerpt from Ningxia Wolfberry: The Ultimate Superfood by Gary Young, Ronald Lawrence, & Marc Schreuder

Antioxidant power is measured through the ORAC system. In 2000 the Ningxia wolfberry was tested at the Brunswick Laboratories in Massachusetts at the only lab in the world at that time using the Tufts University-developed ORAC protocol.

“The results were astonishing. According to the ORAC results, dried Ningxia wolfberries had five times the antioxidant power of prunes, 10 times the antioxidant power of oranges, 12 times the antioxidant power of raisins, and 55 times the antioxidant power of cauliflower. In fact, according to the published ORAC data, the dried Ningxia wolfberry had the highest known ORAC score for any whole food.”
- Excerpt from Ningxia Wolfberry: The Ultimate Superfood by Gary Young, Ronald Lawrence, & Marc Schreuder

How about you? Do you like the idea of cleaners at work in your system? Want to reverse some damage done over time?

What to Do:
  1. Drink 2-4 ounces of Ningxia Red
  2. Drink a tube of Ningxia Nitro
  3. Take 2 Super B tablets

Energy Challenge : NingXia Red, Kids, and Pregnancy

Energy Challenge : NingXia Red, Kids, and Pregnancy
We love the benefits of giving Ningxia Red to our kiddos. Think about how difficult it can be to get all the veggies and nutrition needed into their little bodies. Having an option they ask for is priceless.

You might not think of nutrition as an emotional tool, but it is powerful! When you're feeling grumpy and out of sorts, trying filling your body (or your child's) with something that truly feeds it! Skip the sugary snacks and drinks that will only lead to a worse crash in a few hours. So much emotional upheaval is caused by blood sugar dropping which is exaggerated in diets high in sugar and grains. Giving our children the Ningxia wolfberry, studied for its powerful ability to promote healthy blood sugar levels through its low glycemic index, is one way we can have happy kids in our homes!

When it comes to using NingXia Red during pregnancy, that is ultimately up to you and your care provider. BUT I can tell you from experience that it was a huge benefit to me as has been to so many other women! In my 9th pregnancy at 42, I felt stronger and more equipped than I did with my first pregnancies in my twenties when I was sick, exhausted, and struggling to function. 

Plus, once you see a "Ningxia placenta" you'll understand how much those nutrients can do for both of you!
Ningxia Red is food. It is made of fruits and plants. I feel really good about that. Plus antioxidants are crucial for reproductive health, cleaning out our system so we can focus on growing that sweet life. Drinking Ningxia during my pregnancy is often what keeps my morning sickness at bay. Whether you drink it straight, combine it with sparkling water or Ginger Vitality Oil, or try a yummy morning or afternoon recipe like these, make your days doable throughout your pregnancy with Ningxia!

Here are a couple of my favorite recipes during pregnancy:

Morning Bliss:
2 oz. Ningxia Red (I was doing more like 4-8 during pregnancy)
4 drops Grapefruit Vitality Oil + 4 oz. (or to taste) sparkling water, club soda, or even a natural ginger ale

Mommy's Midday Mix or “The Mommy Mojito":
2 oz. Ningxia
Coconut water
Mineral water
1 drop Lime Vitality Oil

Do your kids love Ningxia? What does it do for them? Are you having them do the challenge with you?

What to Do:
Drink 2-4 ounces of Ningxia Red
Drink a tube of Ningxia Nitro
Take 2 Super B tablets

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