In today’s world, we’re all multitasking. It seems like the only way to get anything done, and it’s become an integral part of society. Nonetheless, it can get aggravating and leave you feeling frazzled. Besides, multitasking is not always the most productive approach.
Foods, however, are natural multitaskers that get things done without any stress or aggravation on your part.
In fact, it’s just the opposite: multitasking foods build your bones, cleanse your body, and give you tons of energy. That’s a lot on your “plate,” so to speak!
The Best Multitasking Foods
All vegetables have something healthy to offer, and you’ll find a complete discussion of bone-healthy veggies in Chapter 11 of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. But there’s one group of vegetables that deserves special recognition for their multitasking abilities. They are…
Cruciferous Vegetables: Foundation Foods That Provide Multiple Benefits
Cruciferous vegetables include foods you’re probably quite familiar with. They are readily available and many are coming into season this fall and winter. Here are the most common cruciferous vegetables:
- Bok choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Chinese cabbage
- Collard greens
- Daikon radish
- Land cress
- Mustard greens
- Shepherd's purse
These are just some of the bone-healthy, delicious vegetables in this group, and they are all Foundation Foods in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. You’ll find a complete Foundation Foods chart in Chapter 9 of the Program, including many more cruciferous veggies.
What Makes Cruciferous Vegetables So Good at Multitasking?
There are 3 major tasks that these vegetables perform, and they do so via special plant chemicals and bone-healthy nutrients. I’ll explain.
Task #1: They Build Your Bones
There’s no doubt that cruciferous vegetables are good for your bones. They are chock-full of Foundation Supplements, which are bone-healthy nutrients found in whole foods. For example:
- Cabbage is an excellent source of Vitamin C, calcium, silicon, and polyphenols.
- Broccoli offers calcium, boron, Vitamins K and C, and flavonoids.
- Brussels Sprouts provide Vitamins K and C.
- Cauliflower boasts Vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, and magnesium.
- Kale gives you Vitamin K and calcium.
All of these nutrients are Foundation Supplements because of their exceptional role in building and maintaining healthy bone. So when you eat these cruciferous vegetables, you can check task #1 off your list!
Task #2: They Cleanse Your System
One of the most important first steps you can take on your bone health journey is to cleanse your system. Why is this so important?
If you’ve taken osteoporosis drugs for any amount of time, it makes sense to get those toxic substances out of your system as soon as possible. The Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse(formerly known as RapidCleanse™), the 7-Day Bone Health Cleanse, is designed to help you do just that.
And even if you’ve never taken osteoporosis drugs, you’ll greatly jump- start your bone-building success with a cleanse.
One of the steps included in the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse is cleansing with foods. And cruciferous vegetables are key players in this process. That’s because they contain…
D-Glucarate, a Crucial Phytochemical
D-glucarate works by suppressing an enzyme called beta-glucuronidase. This enzyme inhibits the detoxification process on a cellular level, but when it’s suppressed by d-glucarate, toxins are free to be flushed from the body and cells are protected from damage.
Amazingly, all cruciferous vegetables naturally contain this phytochemical. That takes care of task #2.
Task #3: They Give You More Energy
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables of any variety can boost energy and help you feel good. But cruciferous vegetables really shine in this area. Their energy boost comes from special plant compounds called isothiocyanates.
Isothiocyanates contain sulphur, and are responsible for that distinctive cruciferous flavor. They boost energy by activating a protein called Nrf2. This protein generates the cell’s powerhouse called mitochondria, which actually produce an energy transporter called adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
Having lots of mitochondria is a good thing, because they convert glucose into a form of energy that your muscle cells can readily use. And if your muscles are performing well, it means less fatigue.
This is great news, but there’s more to muscles. You see, muscles need to be used for optimal performance – and so do your bones.
Muscles and Bones Work Together
Strong muscles put healthy pressure on bones. As I explain in the Densercise™ eBook System, bones increase in density when they are exposed to weight-bearing exercise. The more force you put on a bone, the more it responds with increased density. This concept is explained in Wolff’s Law, which states that bone is generated and changed in response to the forces of muscle and gravity.
Densercise™ will help you build and tone your muscles so that they are more effective at building your bones. It’s not a tough, exhausting workout; rather, the Densercise™ moves are easy to do yet extremely effective, because they are designed specifically to increase bone density. And it only takes 15 minutes, three days a week!
Till next time,