Kettering Health | Strive | Fall 2022

HEALTHHACKS As the leaves change this autumn, take a note from nature and add a splash of color to your day, starting with your dinner plate. With vibrant, plant-based meals as part of your daily diet, you can benefit from the disease-fighting power of antioxidants and improve your health— one bite at a time. What are antioxidants? Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals that provide essential protection against cell damage. While some antioxidants are produced in our bodies, we rely on vegetables, fruits, and grains to provide other essential antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E. “Antioxidants can protect cells against free radicals, a natural byproduct of chemical processes in the body,” explains Karen Feldmeyer, MSA, RDN, an oncology dietitian with Kettering Health. “While free radicals are created in our bodies during certain processes like breaking down food, Better health with every bite “The combination of healthy eating plus exercise, social time, and plenty of rest is great for overall health and well-being.” —Karen Feldmeyer, MSA, RDN THE POWER OF 16