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SIMPLY AMAZING!  At 41, I accomplished something I never thought was possible!  I became so inspired by Coach Berry that I achieved not only getting my health back but went on to enter competitions and won!  Read my story and become inspired...click here >>

Crusin' with a NEW Trim Body in 5 Weeks Time!

I am Sharon, 64 and very proud of it!  I am on my way to a new, fine turned, trim and toned body like I use to have.  Read my full story on how to achieve amazing results in just 5 weeks...>Click here

I got ENERGY to spare!

I am Melynda, a mother of 2 and a RN.  At 35 I was begining to feel the pressure of keeping up with my active children and demanding job.  While fullfilled and happy, I was always tired and short of feel well.  Working out with Coach changed all that.  Now, I have energy to spare and I can't stop smiling.  I am really, really happy!  Come see the Coach!   You can change your life, get shapely and feel great.  No need to feel tired or 'get old'.  Age is just a number around here.  We are the picture of youth!

This Month In Life
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    Gift giving can be tricky to maneuver. You want your gift to be perfect and you don't want to offend anyone, but you have a budget to stick to. Here enter the rules of gift giving to make things a little less stressful. Read >>
  • Doctor-Assisted Weight Loss
    While your primary care physician is a wonderful resource, he or she may not have the expertise and tools necessary to come along side you in your weight-loss journey. This is where weight-loss doctors and clinics pick up the slack. Read >>
  • Anxiety, Attention-Deficit, and Autism
    Children are susceptible to the same mental illnesses as adults but their symptoms present themselves differently. It's important for parents and caretakers to know the warning signs and how to get treatment. Read >>
  • The Power of Antioxidants
    Antioxidants have gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, and for good reason. Your body needs them to stay healthy in an environment bombarded with free radicals. Read >>
Health and Fitness News
I hated smelly gyms, exercising and getting all sweaty. OMG! Dare to Be Fit change all that for me!

Julie46

Hi, I am Juile age 46.  I never like working out, getting all sweaty and I don't like gyms.  But since I became a member of Dare to Be Fit, all that has changed.  I am no longer on blood pressure medication.  I look and feel more energic and trim.  People are comlimenting me all the time on how much I have changed.  I smile a lot more because I feel so good.  Coach discovered the 'gym rat' in me and I am proud to say that I am in the best shape ever at 46 years old.  If you are serious about exercise and healthy choices, then Coach, Ray and Ty will lead you every step of the way.  Dare to Be Fit is like my very own personal training club.  

Thanks for keeping me smiling!

Julie

The Power of Antioxidants

Weapons in the war against free radicals

In the supplement, cereal, and beverage aisle, you see all sorts of things labeled as being “high in antioxidants.” You assume that's a good thing, and while you're not sure why they’re good for you, you go ahead a buy the product. Good news: you just made a great choice!

Antioxidants have gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, and for good reason. Your body needs them to stay healthy in an environment bombarded with free radicals.

For those wondering what antioxidants and free radicals are, here's a simple way to understand them. Free radicals are unstable molecules created by oxidation. Oxidation is the chemical reaction that takes place when your body processes food into energy, undergoes stress, or experiences overexposure to the sun's harmful rays. Your body also generates free radicals when exposed to chemicals in the air (pollution, smoking, or secondhand smoke) or in the food you eat (pesticides or herbicides). Over time, these free radicals damage your body's healthy cells and the genetic material found in them.

Don't worry, though, because the story doesn't end there. Your body has a powerful defense system against free radicals in the form of antioxidants. These vitamins, phytochemicals, and nutrients (found in foods, supplements, or naturally produced by the body) prevent or slow cell damage by making the unstable molecules stable.

Here's a more detailed look at why your body needs antioxidants.

Skin Health

Oxidation caused by the sun, smoking, or pollution damages collagen, the substance in skin responsible for keeping your exterior looking young, supple, and wrinkle-free. Eating antioxidant-rich foods and applying topical antioxidant creams to the skin work to protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals and keep your collagen intact.

A few of the most effective antioxidants in the fight against aging skin include Vitamins E and C, resveratrol, flavonoids, polyphenols, and retinol. Load up on these to fend off skin deterioration.

Brain Health

Your brain isn't immune to the negative effects of oxidation. The damage caused by free radicals can lead to mental decline, age-related diseases, and possibly Alzheimer's. Though research is ongoing, two antioxidants in particular, vitamin E and flavonoids, may help protect brain cells from oxidative stress. Fill up on these and watch your mental capacity skyrocket!

Artery Health

Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to all parts of the body. This important job becomes difficult due to inflammation caused by free radicals. When arteries aren't able to effectively do their job, blood pressure increases, the heart is strained, and cholesterol can quickly build up, all dangerous risk factors for heart disease, a leading cause of death across the globe.

Antioxidants work to prevent and reverse inflammation in the body and in the arteries (thus restoring normal blood flow), protect the blood vessels in your heart, prevent damage to blood vessels, and reduce bad cholesterol. Resveratrol found in red wine and the phenols in nuts are two antioxidants associated with heart health benefits. Too much of the antioxidant beta-carotene, however, may have a negative impact on the heart.

Eye Health

It's easy to take good eyesight for granted. Keep your eyes functioning at their potential by protecting them from oxidative damage. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two key antioxidants that protect your eyes from the damage caused by oxidation, reducing your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (both top causes of vision loss). Kale, turnips, collards, spinach, and broccoli are all wonderful sources of lutein and zeaxanthin.