Surprising (and Simple) Ways to Detox Your Body

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We bet you didn’t realize that adding a houseplant in your living room not only helps to add oxygen to your home, but also helps to detoxify the air around you. Registered dietitian Ashley Koff shares her top 5 habits to help detoxify your body in a recent blog post on WholeFoods Magazine website, and adding greens made the list.

Ashley Koff, RD

Ashley Koff, RD

Another tip is to eat more broccoli or add a glucoraphanin supplement – such as truebroc – to your daily routine. Found in broccoli, glucoraphanin is a powerful detox-promoting antioxidant that helps eliminate toxins from your body. Our bodies convert glucoraphanin to the potent antioxidant sulforaphane, which then boosts our phase 2 detox enzymes – the body’s natural defense system. The best part is that these boosted detox enzymes remain active in our body for up to 72 hours compared to direct antioxidants like vitamin C that only last up to 3 hours before needing replenished.

One other tip we’d add to this list is to avoid excess exposure to environmental toxins such as those found in gardening supplies, dry-cleaning fumes, car exhaust and second hand smoke. When it comes to dry-cleaning, remove your clothes from the plastic protective bag and let them air out before storing them in your closet.

Whether you’re adding a houseplant or dietary glucoraphanin supplement, be sure to avoid exposure to environment toxins whenever you can. By doing so, you’ll help to rid them from your home and your body.

Looking to add a daily glucoraphanin supplement into your diet? Visit the truebroc supplement page to learn more.

Give Her a Box of…Broccoli…and Flowers

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It’s February and you know what that means.  Women are wearing red in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign – even Dr. Oz is supporting the cause in his red scrubs.

You’ll read stories about the benefits of quitting smoking, exercising more and eating fruits and vegetables all in a concerted effort to support the health of your heart. Coinciding with these heart health messages are advertisements for chocolate candy. Sales of candy soar in February as men and women buy it as a gift to express their love and gratitude to their partner.

Wouldn’t it be better to couple the bouquet of flowers with a homemade dinner overflowing with a true treat that will flood the heart with love?

Broccoli is packed with key nutrients, including:

  • Vitamins A and C
  • Fiber
  • Glucoraphanin, a super antioxidant

Broccoli helps to boost your body’s natural detoxification system, which supports overall health including cardiovascular health. So, we challenge you this Valentine’s Day – toss the chocolate and opt for a gift of broccoli to show someone you truly care. Ok, ok…if you can’t ditch the chocolate altogether, what about combining the two?ChocoFloret

Our friends at About.com created a chocolate-covered broccoli recipe that includes broccoli, semisweet chocolate chips, peanut butter and sea salt. All you need is 20 minutes of prep.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of broccoli, raw or lightly steamed
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt, such as Maldon sea salt (optional)

Preparation

1. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper

2. Wash and dry broccoli. Trim spears to a length of about 2 inches. Set aside.  Also, if desired, broccoli can be steamed to desired tenderness.  However, be aware that over-steaming broccoli will breakdown the enzyme myrosinase, which helps to convert glucoraphanin to sulforaphane.  Don’t worry though, your gut mircoflora will also take care of the conversion.

3. Place chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat 1 minute on 50% power. Stir and continue heating in 30-second increments at 50% power, until chips are completely melted.

4. Working quickly, dip each broccoli spear into chocolate mixture, allowing excess to drip off. Place on prepared cookie sheet.

5. Sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool 20 to 30 minutes. Refrigerate if desired.

We’d love to hear from you.  Share your favorite broccoli recipes with us!

Xymogen® BrainSustain™ Berry Smoothie Recipe

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It can be hard for broccoli to compete with all the holiday treats that surround your family this time of year. But broccoli contains a superhero – the phytonutrient glucoraphanin – that will help keep us all healthier during the holiday season and all winter long. Thankfully there’s Xymogen BrainSustain with glucoraphanin (look for the ‘SGS‘ logo to know it’s in there) that can help upgrade any smoothie – like this Holiday’s Lil’ Healthful Helper – to help you keep the family healthy during the holidays and beyond.

What you’ll need:

1 Scoop (20g) Xymogen BrainSustain for Kids

1 Cup Organic Low Fat Milk

½ Cup Organic Spinach

¼ Cup Frozen Organic Blueberries

¼ Cup Frozen Organic Strawberries

½ Frozen Banana

Directions:

Mix 1 scoop of Xymogen BrainSustain for Kids with 1 cup low fat milk, stir until powder is mixed completely with the milk and pour into a blender.  Add spinach, strawberries, blueberries and banana.   Blend to desired consistency. Makes 2 servings.

Nutritional Info

Servings: 2

Serving Size: 6oz

Calories – 158

Fat – 3.25g

Total Carbs – 24g

Protein – 7.5g

SGS Brand Glucoraphanin – 15mg

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For more information on Xymogen and Brain Sustain for Kids, Click Here

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Green Tea Protects Brain Cells – Tufts University study

“A flurry of new studies is raising hope that green tea may someday be a potent weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. ”

Read the full article on the Tufts University’s Health & Nutrition Letter website

5 Healthy & Tasty Spring Salads

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With Spring finally upon us, it’s time to start thinking about all the great fresh produce that will soon be available in the supermarket and at your local farmers markets.  We thought that this would be a great time to share some of our favorite healthy and delicious spring time salads.

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Maximizing Broccoli’s Cancer-FIghting Potential – The Almagest article

“John Juvik and colleagues explain that diet is one of the most important factors influencing a person’s chances of developing cancer. One of the most helpful food families includes cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale and cabbage. In fact, eating broccoli regularly has been linked to lower rates of prostate, colon, breast, lung and skin cancers. In that super food, glucosinolates (GSs) and the substances that are left when GSs are broken down can boost the levels of a broccoli enzyme that helps rid the body of carcinogens. One way to increase GSs is to spray a plant hormone called methyl jasmonate on broccoli. This natural hormone protects the plants against pests. Juvik’s team wanted to determine which GSs and their products actually boost the enzyme levels when broccoli is treated.”

Read the full article at The Almagest

22 recipes for broccoli for superfood meals – treehugger.com

Broccoli, everyone’s favorite miniature trees, is a serious superfood. If you haven’t yet discovered the deliciousness that is broccoli, or are looking for more ways to incorporate this healthy veggie into more dishes, here is your inspiration!

 Broccoli isn’t called a superfood for nothing. This amazing vegetable is full of vitamin C and vitamin A, (two big sources of antioxidants that fight heart disease, cataracts and cancers), calcium (which helps with high blood pressure), folic acid, and both soluble and insoluble fiber

For the complete article and recipes please click here to go to treehugger.com

Glucoraphanin from broccoli is similar to DHA: We’re educating the market that not all broccoli extracts are equal, says BPP By Stephen DANIELLS, 30-Jul-2013

Building consumer and market understanding of the benefits of glucoraphanin from broccoli is a lot like the DHA story, says leading broccoli extract supplier Brassica Protection Products (BPP), as it takes the ‘important step’ of self-affirming the GRAS status of its SGS ingredient.  

From NutraIngredients-usa.com-by Stephen Daniells-July 30 2013.  Click here to read the full article.