Monday, April 18, 2011

Healing yourself with fresh spring vegetables

Energize- Carrots contain compounds called carotenoids that improve blood sugar control which help ward off tiredness.  The Journal of Nutrition did a survey and found that people who had more intake of carotenoids had slimmer waistlines, less subcutaneous fat and visceral fat.

Detox - Radishes help cleanse the body of energy-draining toxins due to the phyto-chemical glucoraphasatin.  They also contain a mineral called molybdenum.  Molybdenum helps fight free radical damage.

Strength - Cabbage can help you get slim and strong.  Glucosinolate which is found in cabbage cause active muscles to  metabolize more fat for fuel.  The body then uses less glucose which helps your energy to stay steady.

Boost Immunity - Turnip roots and their greens are high in vitamin C.  Vitamin C is an anitoxidant which strengthens immunity, wards off weight gain and eases anxiety due to C's ability to ward off the stress hormone cortisol.

Reduce Tension - Artichokes are high in magnesium.  Magnesium has been known to calm stress and promote sound sleep.  Magnesium is also an antispasmodic to soothe muscle tension.

Flush Fat - Asparagus contains asparagine and potassium.  They are diuretics that flush belly-bloating water weight and fat-trapping toxins.  It also contains prebiotics that feed beneficial bacteria in the gut to promote weight loss.

Put it all together and make a salad...Yummm!

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