Eat Those Greens On Your Plate!
The Modern American Diet has lacked in so many of the vital nutrients that we all need for optimal health. The consumption of too much processed foods and junk foods are best to avoid. And then there is the high levels of stress and lack of sleep, especially experienced from Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and most working Americans. Add to that, the poisons from our environment and use of particular toxic products. All of this is the cause of many diseases of the Modern American Health Crisis.
It is important to know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics, and Caucasians. For American Indians or Alaska Natives and Asians or Pacific Islanders, heart disease is second only to cancer. The other top diseases include Cancer, Stroke, Diabetes, Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia and Obesity. Adrenal Insufficiency and Sleep Deprivation should really be added to the list.
So, how can one combat AND prevent many of these unwanted health conditions? Simple, eat those greens on your plate! Here are a few of my favorite detoxifying and nourishing greens, along with their associated healing benefits.
Bok Choy. Cultivated in China for centuries, bok choy has played a large part not only in its cuisine, but in traditional Chinese medicine. Today, it’s a staple in both Asian and American recipes. Beta carotene levels in bok choy are high enough for the veggie to be highly recommended by the Macular Degeneration Association. In fact, a single cup of bok choy contains the entire RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of beta carotene, which has been shown to prevent night blindness and possibly reduce the risk of cataract and macular degeneration.
Brussel Sprouts. Rich in many valuable nutrients, they are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. They are a very good source of numerous nutrients including folate, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids. Not only do they assist in phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification, they also keep you feeling full.
Broccoli Sprouts. John Hopkins University made this famous for its antioxidant content and according to their research, these sprouts contain 20-50 times the sulforaphane found in mature broccoli, by weight. You get as much healing nutrition in 1 ounce of broccoli sprouts as you would if you ate 3 pounds of fully grown broccoli!
Asparagus. Also known as “The Mother of All Anti-Oxidants,” asparagus is my favorite of all and is amazingly versatile! It can be steamed, simmered, roasted, battered, grilled, sautéed or wok-fried. It’s rich in chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. It is also a natural liver detoxifier and liver protectant, the highest plant-based source of glutathione!
There is no better ounce of health prevention than being more mindful and eating better. So, eat those greens on your plate. And enjoy!
Dr. Catherine Sy Luib D.C., L.Ac., M.A.O.M., B.Sc. (Kin), CCH, CNLP
Dr. Catherine Sy Luib, D.C., L.Ac. is Owner/Physician of www.LuibHealthCenter.com, in San Diego. She serves as an Author, Blogger, Speaker, Philanthropist, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Nutritionist & Herbalist. Dr. Luib is also Community Leader in numerous capacities for various Filipino American Organizations. As a Wellness Advocate, she strives to maintain goals in promoting the Holistic Health message to further change and improves lives of local and global communities.