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3 super simple ways to add more antioxidants to your diet.
Here's what to do to maximize your antioxidant intake.
1. Spice it up.
Both dried spices and fresh herbs tend to be extra potent with antioxidants. “Having a really liberal approach to herbs and spices in your cooking as opposed to a tiny sprinkle is really beneficial,” says registered dietitian Desiree Nielsen.
2. Go organic.
New research from Spain is suggesting that organic produce may have extra antioxidants. “Phytochemicals are a plant’s defence mechanism—kind of like its immune system,” says Nielsen. “So when you apply pesticides and herbicides to crops, the thinking is that the plant has less need to self-protect, so it downgrades those compounds.”
3. Eat whole foods.
You can have too much of a good thing, and when you take antioxidant supplements you run the risk they’ll aid oxidation rather than fight it. “It has a reverse effect if you take too much or take it out of the right context,” says Nielsen. “When you start isolating compounds from food, they often don’t behave in the way that you would expect.”
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A well-stocked tote goes beyond basics with gear and gadgets to ensure that you're always workout-ready.
The bag: Resolute Gym Duffel, $69, mec.ca.
Get a grip: Carry it by the padded handles or use the removable shoulder strap to lug it hands-free.
Pockets aplenty: Multiple interior and exterior slots in various sizes neatly store essentials.
Durable coating: Waterproof bottom and side panels let you set it down in wet conditions.
Water-resistant lining: Stash damp towels and workout clothes in the interior.
Hang tight: Secure a yoga mat with adjustable side buckles.
Sneaker sidekick: Stow runners in their own cubby.
GYM BAG ESSENTIALS
1. Toe the line
Moisture-wicking fabric keeps feet dry. InStance Fusion RunLite socks, $20, blacktoerunning.com.
2. Tune up
This handy smartphone holder adjusts to bigger or smaller arms. Nike women's distance armband, $45, blacktoerunning.com.
3. Dry run
A quick-drying hair towel is a gym bag must-have. Aquis Lisse Luxe hair towel, $36, sephora.ca.
4. Bundle of energy
Refuel with a natural endurance booster. Endurance Tap Energy Gel, $3.50, sportchek.ca.
5. Lend a hand
Grip and lift sans calluses with machine-washable gloves. Freedom gloves, $45, propsathletics.com.
6. All tied up
Topknots and ponytails stay put with reinforced silicone grips. Scünci No Slip silicone elastics, $7 per pack of 18, rexall.ca.
Add ice and your choice of flavouring to the built-in caddy. Flavour-It-2-Go water bottle, $15, indigo.ca.
8. Body armour
Ward off blisters and chafing. Bodyglide for Her Anti-Blister Stick, $7 per pack of three, sportchek.ca.
9. With the band
A silicone strip keeps this hair band in place. Scünci No Slip honeycomb-textured head wrap, $11, rexall.ca.
10. Undercover undies
After hot yoga, you'll need a fresh ready-to-wear pair. Cheeki Sleekini Bikini underwear, $16, cheekibrand.com.
11. Good scents
Soothe muscle aches with this blend of rosemary and marjoram essential oils. Saje Pain Release analgesic remedy, $24, saje.com.
12. On the ball
Drop these odour-blocking balls into runners to stop stink in its tracks. Diadora Odour-Away scented balls, $6 per pair, sportchek.ca.
13. Spritz away
When you're short on time, dry shampoo is your BFF. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Clean & Classic Original, $6.50, rexall.ca.
14. All ears
Opt for sweat-proof buds that promise to stay put. Yurbuds Inspire 100 earphones, $30, blacktoerunning.com.