DIM Vegetables

Diindolylmethane, or DIM, is a compound that is formed in your body during the digestion of foods that contain the nutrient indole-3-carbinol.  Indole-3-carbinol is found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.  Eating these foods, therefore, provides your body with DIM.  DIM supports the liver in detoxifying and removing harmful molecules including carcinogens, from the body.

The vegetables in this photo from the instagram account of my good friend and fellow NT, Aisling Hill, looks anything but DIM, and she has made some really good suggestions about how to get them into your diet.  If you are anything like me though, you need convincing and to be a little more creative.  I’m definitely not a fan of overcooked broccoli, cabbage or Brussels sprouts. YUCK!! What’s that smell?  But, I am convinced, and it doesn’t have to be that way.  Since finding out how beneficial these vegetables are for hormone balance and cancer prevention, I’m finding new and tasty ways to get them in.   How does cauliflower curry soup sound?

Thanks for the reminder Ash!!  Take it away 🙂

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Cruciferous veggies These contain isothiocyanates which are phytochemicals which may change the way estrogen is broken down in the body – this, in turn may help to decrease the risk of high estrogen related complications. Additionally we get protein (although in tiny amounts), fiber, vitamins and minerals from these amazing plants. These are a source of vitamin A, C, K and manganese. Eating a serving of these a day (particularly broccoli, kale & brussel sprouts) can help lower risk of disease. I advise to eat them steamed or lightly sauteed with some type of good quality fats to absorb the nutrients effectively. Generally these are so quick and easy to include in your meals. Examples: get a pot of sauerkraut and add a tablespoon with your dinner every evening(less is more with fermented foods 1 tbsp is plenty especially if you've never had it before). You can cut up florets of broccoli in a bowl and put boiling water over them which will slightly cook them and then once drained throw them on top of your meal. Chop up kale and spinach together and mix through a Bolognese or eat on the side. #nutrientdense #breakfastgoals #nutritionist #irishfood #irishproduce #summer #breakfast #mondaymotivation #breakfastinspo #greenbeauty #greens #organicfood #organiclife #paleo #paleorecipes #foodgasm #foodie #foodography #foodforfuel #gymfuel #vegetables #vegetablegarden #yogurt #fullfat #delicious #picoftheday #like4like #happiness #mealprep #foodforfuel #gym

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Spice Aid Cabinet

Mankind has sought out plants with medicinal properties since time immemorial.  Even today when there have been great developments in the field of chemistry, pharmaceuticals and medicine, these medicinal plants have lost none of their importance.  Botanical drugs are at the birth place of the current pharmaceutical industry, for example, the ancient Egyptians used the bark of the Willow tree for the relief of aches and pains.  The willow tree yields ‘salicylic acid’ which is the active pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory component that is used to make the aspirin of today.  Probably because big pharma don’t really want you to know that some of your inexpensive household herbs and spices could be the answer to your aches, pains and other health conditions, this information has become generally suppressed and instead we are encouraged by media advertising to believe that pharmaceutical drugs are the only solution.  The general public has consequently lost trust in natural remedies while big pharma secretly know their benefits.  Plant based medical practices like traditional Chinese herbal medicine, Ayurvedic and Naturopathic medicine, for example, are often viewed as a last resort when conventional medicine offers us no solution.  Ideally the reverse would be the case, where natural remedies are used first and pharmaceutical drugs, with their known side-effects, are a last resort.  In this blog I am sharing my knowledge of some of the spices that are ‘hot’ in the world of nutrition.  You may already have them in your spice cabinet.  They offer a relatively inexpensive way of stacking some health benefits in your favour with little effort!   Mother Nature’s flavour favours. Many spices have health benefits, too many to cover here, so I have narrowed them down to some of the most popular and widely used today in the prevention and treatment of the chronic diseases.  I have checked each spice for known interactions {A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions}. There are none for those mentioned and so they are completely safe to use.  So, what are these little pots of magic dust??  Read on to find out!

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