You might not necessarily see a connection between antioxidants and janitorial supplies. Well you need a bit more education. At the moment, some manufacturers of janitorial supplies offer environmentally “green”, biodegradable, and even organic cleaning products. But there are a few janitorial products including detergents and dishing washing lotions that contain vitamin E, which is an antioxidants. We actually believe as new scientific information emerges, there will be more janitorial cleaning products that contain antioxidants and other vitamins. It should be fascinating to see any of the present janitorial supplies manufactures embrace this new and healthier approach.

Although we know more about the beneficial effects of fruits and vegetables, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we know where to find these antioxidants. And while beneficial, they are not the panacea some believe. Don’t make assumptions about fruits and vegetables being super foods that can cure all. They don’t. But they can help restore some balance and good function to bodies that have become acclimated to poor diets and in those cases can work wonders.

Dog lovers these comments are for you: Some folks think that it’s ok to share table scraps or your favorite snack with your fuzzie. After all, if it is safe for you to eat, it must be OK for them to eat, right? Not necessarily. Most dog owner4s know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but don’t realize that some fruit and vegetables are also not ok. While many human foods are perfectly safe for dogs, some are very unhealthy and downright dangerous, so it’s critical to learn which fruits and vegetables dogs can eat. Because dogs digest differently than humans do, eating the wrong foods can lead to long-term health problems and, in extreme cases, even death. As carnivores, they have no real need for fruits and vegetables as part of their diet, but an occasional fruit or veggie as a treat is OK. This is a short list of some common fruits and vegetables that are NOT OK.
Dogs should not eat avocado. The pit, skin, and leaves of avocados contain persin, a toxin that often causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs
Dogs should not eat cherries. With the exception of the fleshy part around the seed, cherry plants contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs.
Dogs should never eat grapes. Grapes are so toxic that they can lead to acute sudden kidney failure.
Dogs should avoid mushrooms. Wild mushrooms can be toxic for dogs.
Dogs should never eat onions. Onions, leeks, and chives are part of a family of plants called Allium that is poisonous to most pets, especially cats.

SO what fruits and veggies are OK?
Green beans. Chopped, steamed, raw, or canned.
Carrots are an excellent low-calorie snack that is high in fiber and beta-carotene, which produces vitamin A. Plus, crunching on this orange veggie is great for your dog’s teeth (and fun).
Brussels sprouts are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that are great for humans and dogs, alike. Don’t overfeed them to your dog. They can cause lots of gas.
Broccoli is safe for dogs to eat in very small quantities and is best served as an occasional treat.
Strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C. They also contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth.
Raspberries are fine in moderation. They contain antioxidants that are great for dogs.
Pears are a great snack because they’re high in copper, vitamins C and K, and fiber.
Small amounts of cut-up fresh or frozen peaches are a great source of fiber and vitamin A, and can even help fight infections, but just like cherries, the pit contains cyanide.
Oranges are fine for dogs to eat, however orange peel is rough on their digestive systems.
Cucumbers are especially good for overweight dogs, as they hold little to no carbohydrates, fats, or oils and they can even boost energy level.
Cantaloupe is packed with nutrients, low in calories, and a great source of water and fiber, but high in suger.
Blueberries, bananas, and apples are all great low-calorie treat for dogs.

The other day I dropped over to the Royal Pools and SPas store where I buy my pool supplies in Hudson Valley. I had my dog Maggie with me. I was talking with the sales rep about the pros and cons of an above the ground pool versus an in the ground rectangular pool. I was trying to convince my in laws to get a pool. He suggested that they check out the store’s website and then come in to talk. With the advances in pool technology, above ground pools have become a popular alternative in the pool marketplace. Maggie was behaving so well while we talked and made my purchase that I tossed her a slice of apple. The store rep was surprised to learn that dogs can and do like certain fruits and veggies. I gave him a quick run down of the safe ones, as well as the bad ones. When we left the store Maggie received another apple slice. She sure loves her apples and they are good for her, just like they are for humans.

Let’s start with Vitamin A and Carotenoids. First of all, a carotenoid is a very highly colored (red, orange, yellow) group of fat-soluble plan pigments found is plants that rely on the sun for energy. Their antioxidant effects are huge. The better known beta-carotene is one of the most predominant carotenoid in vegetables like dark green leafy and orange-yellow vegetables. You can find Vitamin A in carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, kale, collards, cantaloupe, peaches and apricots, or pretty much all bright-colored fruits and vegetables. But you also find vitamin A in liver, dairy products and cod liver oil. And what vitamin A does is that it reduces your chances to anemia, infection, and it also helps your immune system and helps to avoid bronchitis.

Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits like oranges, lemon and limes etc, peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries and tomatoes. You also find it in Brussels sprouts, currants, potatoes and parsley. It essentially helps your body to fight against anemia, bronchitis, colds, capillary fragility, high cholesterol and stress. It also helps to heal better from sunburns and burns, and bruising.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cell membranes and other fat-soluble parts of the body, like cholesterol. You can find Vitamin E in nuts and seeds, whole grains, egg yolks, and leafy green vegetables. It mainly help elderly people to maintain their immune function, and also helps children from epilepsy. It can also provide a better heal of burns and prevent sunburns, only if consumed in combination with vitamin C.

Some other common antioxidants can be found in soy, red wine, pomegranate, cranberries, tea etc. The list of good foods is not exhaustive so each and every single one person can find what they like to eat, enjoy these foods, and provide the necessary amount of good nutrients and antioxidants to their body. Also, this variety of food is consistent enough so no supplements should be needed. And of course, in addition, if we minimize the exposure to oxidative stress such as smoking and sunburn, we’re giving to our body all the chances to live a healthy life.

A wise person will remember what we have been discussing for the last few pages and not only that, they will make changes to reflect this in their everyday lives. It only makes perfect sense that if you want to be healthy you should be very aware of what goes into your body. With this in mind we all walk into the future much better than we used to be because we are aware of these facts.