Supporting Hormone Health via Sprouts & Cruciferous Vegetables

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Happy hormone and liver health is the name of the game if we want to feel good and having great body comp. As we cruise to the store to crush our Sunday Funday grocery shopping and meal prep experience, don’t forget to up the ante by swindling sprouts and cruciferous veggies into your cart!

Cruciferous veggies have a naturally occurring compound called indole-3-carbinol. It converts to a phytochemical known as DIM (Diindolylmethane) and works to balance estrogen. Just like we have good and bad cholesterol, we also have good and bad estrogen forms in the body and want to keep that in check, regardless of gender.. Unless we’re into man boobies & horrific periods, in which case – godspeed!

Cruciferous Veggies:
– Arugula
– Bok Chok
– Broccoli, Broccolini
– Brussels Sprouts
– Cabbage
– Cauliflower
– Collard Greens
– Kale
– Kohlrabi
– Maca
– Mizuna
– Mustard Greens
– Radish
– Rutabaga
– Turnip
– Watercress

In full transparency, some of those above are a lil exotic for my kitchen, so arugula, brussels, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale are my “to go’s.”

Sprouts are also little powerhouses in the liver detoxification and hormone balancing game. Usually located by the fresh herbs section in grocery stores, a container will typically run you $3-$5, but they’re oh-so worth it!

Sprouts are typically 20–150 times more nutrient-dense than their full-grown plant-counterparts. They contain natural enzymes that help break toxins apart. Radish sprouts are great at counteracting plastic exposure for example, while broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane and are extra great for liver detoxification and Glutathione production.

Sprouts:
– Alfalfa Sprouts
– Broccoli Sprouts
– Clover Sprouts
– Radish Sprouts
– Sunflower Sprouts

Worth noting that our liver and gut are directly connected. If digestion sucks, excess hormones may be re-absorbed, rather than excreted by the body. Reversely, if our liver is clogged up, it can’t filter out excess hormones to pass off to the gut for excretion. Which is why it’s important to crank from both ends and support both the liver and the gut (:

 

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