Today’s blog was written by Yinova acupuncturist and herbalist, Liz Carlson.
Often, when I discover why something is so bad for me, I find it easier to cut it out of my life. In my early twenties, after I learned that aspartame was causing brain tumors in lab rats I didn’t find it too hard to pass on diet drinks. On the flip side, I find it so much easier to incorporate something into my diet when I have an understanding of the benefits my body will reap. This is why today I am blogging about cruciferous vegetables. I hope that after you read exactly what this group of veggies can do, you too will find the motivation to eat more of them!
Cruciferous vegetables are a family rich in sulfur-containing compounds. Yes, this is what gives them their somewhat bitter taste and sometimes gassy aftermath but flavor well and chew well and you should have no problem. If you suffer from PMS, are peri-menopausal, have fibroids or fibrocystic breasts or are menopausal, these vegetables are here to help. The sulfur-containing compounds, once broken down, help to form IC3, a phytonutrient that assists in the metabolism of estrogen. Estrogen dominance, although it sounds as if women will rule the world, is becoming more and more of a problem these days as we continue to encounter man made estrogens in plastic and pesticides on top of our own estrogen. An excess of estrogen is often the culprit of fibrocystic breasts, fibroids, painful periods and those stubborn pounds peri and post menopausal.
Give your body a fighting chance again estrogen overload by providing it with the materials to deactivate and excrete the excess. The vegetables that help do this are listed below.
The list (drumroll, please):
- Bok Choy
- Brussel sprouts
- Dandelion greens
- Mustard Greens
Juicing these vegetables is a great option. You are of course, hearing this from a practicioner of Chinese Medicine, greatly aware of the cold winds outside, so my advice would be to wait until the sun is shining, spring has sprung and you too are feeling warmer. Juicing doesn’t have to feel like a punishment. Add some apples, lemon and ginger to those bitter greens and you will find you have a yummy treat.
Finding it simply impossible to get enough everyday? Try a vegetable powder. Although you should not substitute this for eating actual vegetables, vegetable powders are an easy way to incorporate even more vitamins and nutrients for even the busiest girl on the go. Here at Yinova center, we love Nano Greens. However, if you really cannot bear the thought of drinking green liquid, I suggest Garden of Life Perfect Food Super Green Formula in capsule form; a really great option, especially when you are traveling.
Whatever way you can bring more of these wonderful vegetables into your life, just do it. Your body will thank you!
The New York Times has been featuring Kale recipes all this week. Here are the links.
Barley Soup With Mushrooms and Kale
Buckwheat Pasta With Kale
Kale and Potato Soup
Kale: The Winter Green
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