1. Leafy Greens & Detoxification and Activation:
What’s the definition of a “serving”?
-1 Cup Cooked or tightly pack them raw leafy greens. It’s really not that much considering all the amazing benefits.
Leafy greens, especially cruciferous vegetables are filled with potent micro-nutrients that catapult the second stage of detoxification into high gear.
These badboys are especially rich in sulfuric amino acids called glucosinates that breakdown into isothiocyanates which trigger all sortsa amazing things in your mitochondria.
Mitochondria are important because they are what keep your cells rocking and rolling by providing it a bunch of energy through production of ATP.
They’re also rich in chlorophyll which has magnesium in it, which is critical to taking care of your beat-up liver after having three too many tequilas because you’re not above using some obscure mexican battle from 150+ years ago to justify your drinking habit.
P.S. Hungover? Try learning a little bit about hangovers and how to minimize the damage they’re doing to your poor liver and brain. Peep this ultimate guide when you get a chance. We’re still working on it but there’s still a lot of useful knowledge in there.
Sulforaphane, this stuff is badass and I’m personally a huge fanboy of it. Not only found in leafy greens like kale, collard greens but especially concentrated in those tasty spicy broccoli sprouts, they have anywhere from 3-10x amount of sulforaphane than broccoli which is the most well-known source of it.
Pro-tip to get the most sulforaphane out of your sprouts or broccoli give them a light steam for 1-2 minutes. I just use sprouts raw in smoothies or on salads though.
Please, I implore you to take a break from all this crazy knowledge and entertain yourself with this video about this beast of a monofunctional phase II detoxification inducer known as sulforaphane.
Put some knowledge on top of that knowledge and let some other people know about this little known micronutrient that does so many big things.
Leafy Greens and NRF2 Activation:
These leafy beasts are heavy in the NRF2 activation department especially them cruciferous ones. Hail to the kale. Eat them Collards f’real. Without getting into the nitty gritty of hormesis and Nuclear Erythroid Factor-2(nrf2) let’s just list a bunch of benefits associated with activating this powerful process in the body.
Protects the liver. Whoa, so if you drink, you needa be thinking about activating this shit. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3704160/]
Prevented high-altitude hypoxia(oxygen loss/depletion) in vivo.[https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4130652/]
More than likely this beautiful pathway protects the skin against UVA/UVB Rays. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28495448// https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28532341 // https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5355087/ ]
-Probably because it was shown to protect collagen in vivo. [http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/360/3/388]
Protects your body from that nasty toxic diesel exhaust. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15322212/]
This stuff helps you get more out of your exercise and may even be imperative to getting benefits from exercise. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27770706]
2. Cardiovascular Function:
It’s not just important for you to eat your leafy greens, it’s also important for your kids to eat their leafy greens. Teenagers were tested based upon their intake of of Vitamin K, which is super abundant in greens and those with less Vitamin K(phylloquinone) intake had bigger Left Ventrical Structures. An Enlarged Left Ventrical is a very strong warning sign for Heart Disease down the road.[https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319645.php]
3. Leafy Greens & Cognitive Function:
Did you know they looked at old people and asked them if they ate their greens like they used to yell at their kids bout?
Well guess what them old people that used to yell at their poor progeny and also practiced what they preached totally scored way better on cognitive functional tests than their ill-fated peers that refused to eat that silly yucky rabbit food. Wanna keep your memory? Reach for the salad or make a delicious smoothie stacked in kale. [https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/02/05/582715067/eating-leafy-greens-daily-may-help-keep-minds-sharp]
Yeah, chew on that one.
While that burger and fries might be your go to every day, them wise people that kept eating them dank ass greens can do complex math like 5.25+7 in their head a lot quicker. No calculator.