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Broccoli is an all-purpose multivitamin for the body, plus it contains bioavailable trace minerals and other nutrients that enhance all body systems, including the entire immune system. Nature made broccoli in this way, with a balance that can’t be matched, to offer a little something for every organ, gland, bone, nerve, and more in the body.
Cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, but also cabbage, collard greens, broccoli rabe, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, arugula, and mustard greens, are especially good for lung health; because of their sulfur-rich nature, every single vegetable in this family restores and stimulates the growth of lung tissue. Sulfur is one of the only minerals that branches out into other forms of itself—a chemical process that science has discovered at a surface level and has yet to tap into in its full meaning.
Cruciferous vegetables contain two types of sulfur, one in macromineral form and the other as an accompanying micro-sulfur trace mineral. Together they permeate lung tissue to help stimulate growth, regeneration, and healing, and they also restore and recover lung scar tissue. Crucifers are also rich in vitamins such as B vitamins and A, C, and E.
How To Use:
Enjoy broccoli raw or steamed, in salads, as a crudité with a healthy dip, stir-fried, in soups, and so on. Broccoli can also be enjoyed baked, although you’ll receive more benefits from broccoli when it’s raw or steamed.
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These sweet potato toasts make an easy and delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. Serve them with a big salad to make a heartier meal or enjoy them alone for a light meal or snack. While the ingredients are simple, the combination of sweet and savory, herby and garlic, makes this meal flavorful.
Abundant in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are especially praised for being packed with carotenoids such as beta-carotene and lycopene, and rightfully so. These phytochemicals are extremely powerful.
Mushrooms help reduce fungus, bacteria, and viruses in the intestinal tract, allowing for cleaner nutrients and cleaner blood to arrive in the liver.
Sweet Potato Toast With Garlic Mushrooms
Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut the ends off of the sweet potato, then cut lengthwise inch 1/2-inch thick slices.
Arrange slices on the baking tray and bake until tender and easily pierced with a fork, about 15-20 minutes.
Place a small, non-stick ceramic skillet on medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and a bit of water to prevent sticking. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the mushrooms are soft.
Stir in the garlic and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir in the chopped parsley and lemon juice.
Serve toast immediately topped with cooked mushrooms.
Alternatively, you can keep the toast slices refrigerated and reheat in a toaster when needed.
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If you’re used to eating kale salads with lots of avocado, oil, or dressings, you may be surprised at just how delicious this fat-free recipe is—it doesn’t compromise on flavor, especially with the optional addition of garlic, chili pepper, and dates. If you normally avoid raw kale altogether because it seems fibrous, this is a fantastic recipe for you to try. Breaking up and mixing the ingredients in a food processor helps the flavors combine, and also makes the kale and other healing foods in this recipe easy to eat.
Kale is a beneficial food for the entire intestinal tract because it starves unfriendly bacteria and microorganisms while feeding beneficial bacteria and microorganisms. It’s very helpful for improving the ileum environment, which in turn improves vitamin B12 production so the liver can receive this vital nutrient through the hepatic portal vein.
Chopped Kale Salad
Place the chopped kale and green onions in an even layer in the food processor and process at high speed until very finely chopped. Scrape down the sides as needed, and then remove and add to a large bowl.
Place the cucumber in the food processor and pulse until chopped, for about 3 seconds. Remove and add to the kale and green onions.
Place the celery in the food processor and pulse 1 to 2 times, until chopped. Add to the bowl. Place the tomatoes in the food processor and pulse 1 to 2 times, until roughly chopped.
Add to the bowl. Add all the salad ingredients back to the food processor together with the chopped asparagus, orange juice, and additional options. Pulse 1 to 2 times, until evenly mixed. Divide between bowls and serve.
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Grapes are a first-rate fruit that promote wellness of the highest level. Grapes have a tartness, which is a key medicinal quality. That sourness indicates the presence of phytochemicals critical to kidney function.
If you’ve ever heard that you have elevated creatinine levels, this means your kidneys have become compromised in their ability to remove and excrete waste products from the bloodstream. Grapes are the ultimate kidney tonic—their phytochemicals bind onto waste that the kidneys have trouble filtering.
Grapes are an amazing liver-cleansing food. Their phytochemicals are able to dislodge debris, processed food, and by-products that can clog up lobules in the liver.
Grape skins hold powerful micronutrients that expel parasites, mold, and other unproductive fungus from the intestinal tract. Further, antioxidants such as malvidin and other anthocyanins (which explain grapes’ blue, black, dark red, and purple shades) give grapes the power to help fight and prevent most types of cancer.
Grapes help expel radiation from the body. Their amino acids such as histidine, methionine, and cysteine work together with their anthocyanins to become a magnet that helps draw DDT and toxic heavy metals out of the liver, kidneys, spleen, and other organs. Grapes are also antiviral and therefore help with autoimmune diseases (because they’re caused by viruses).
Grapes are an outstanding energy food. They offer a critical boost, whether you’re an athlete, constantly on the go, or you’re a thinker who is engaging your brain all day.
How To Use:
Enjoy grapes as a snack, in fruit salads, salads, juices, and smoothies. Raisins are also very beneficial–just be sure to get your raisins without oil, preservatives, or other added ingredients.
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This vibrant soup is as rich in flavor as it is in color, and it’s very straightforward to make. Throw everything in to roast and then simply blend it into this inviting soup. This is a great recipe to make fresh or in advance for leftovers—it tastes fantastic either way!
Tomatoes: Harness critical micronutrients, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals to support many functions of the liver. Lycopene is a beloved nutrient that the liver admires: the liver uses it to shield itself from cell damage, plus lycopene helps the liver detox red blood cells safely, smoothly, and efficiently. The fruit acids in tomatoes help keep the gallbladder healthy, helping rid sludge from the gallbladder and even reduce gallstone size.
Garlic: Since the liver deals with an onslaught of pathogens, it needs herbs and foods that help it fight its cause. Garlic is one such herbal food. The medicinal, pungent, astringent quality of garlic is a pathogen’s worst nightmare. Phytochemical compounds from garlic seep through the walls of the intestinal tract into blood vessels that lead up through the hepatic portal vein into the liver.
Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato
Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C. Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Add the chopped peppers, tomatoes, diced onion, garlic, celery, thyme, and red pepper flakes (if desired) to the baking dish. Mix well. Place in the oven and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until browned and tender.
Remove from the oven and add to a blender together with the water or Liver Rescue Broth. Blend until smooth. Pour into a pot and heat until simmering. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with fresh basil. Serve immediately.
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Mango is a miracle sleep aid. When you eat mango before bed, phytochemicals from the fruit, along with amino acids such as glycine, glutamine, and cysteine combined with fructose and glucose, travel to the brain and quickly restore depleted neurotransmitters. This allows most insomniacs a chance to finally get some true rest during the night.
Mangoes are also beneficial for a whole slew of other aspects of health. Wonderful for stress assistance and viral protection, mangoes are also rich in beta-carotene to strengthen and support the skin; they are even a helpful preventative for all varieties of skin cancers.
Mangoes are a powerful tool to help with hypoglycemia, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes. Their highly bioavailable trace magnesium coupled with phytochemical phenolic acids calms the central nervous system, which aids in staving off strokes, seizures, and heart attacks. The fruit’s pulp soothes the stomach and intestinal lining to alleviate constipation.
Mango is also an amazing exercise food, because it provides your muscles with traces of sodium, preciously needed glucose, and magnesium, which translates to longer, harder workouts while feeling less of “the burn.”
How To Use:
Enjoy mangos alone, in fruit salads, smoothies, dips, salad dressings, salads, nori wraps, salsa, and more. To get noticeable benefits, eat two mangoes a day. Eat mangoes on their own to help with sleep. Or, if you are looking for more energy later in the day, eat mangoes with celery sticks or on a salad and they can help give you a second wind.
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Leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, mâche, and watercress deserve are key to help restore your health.
Leafy greens help with intestinal disorders. They help create a more alkaline stomach composition by raising beneficial hydrochloric acid levels, which in turn kills off the unproductive bacteria that create the bad acids responsible for GERD and other forms of acid reflux. They help reduce H. pylori, which is often responsible for stomach ulcers.
Leafy greens create true alkalinity in the body systems, especially the lymphatic, which can become the most acidic system due to toxins and pathogens. Leafy greens help to expel, purge, and drain the lymphatic system of these toxins so that it can remain alkaline.
Leafy greens hold precious and vital mineral salts, partially composed of a group of cofactors associated with sodium, such as trace bioavailable iodine, chromium, sulfur, magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, manganese, and molybdenum, which are critical for neurotransmitter and neuron support, and are also the fundamental basis of building electrolytes. Leafy greens are high in enzymes, vitamin A, B vitamins such as folic acid, healing alkaloids (plant compounds that fight disease), micronutrients for restoring the endocrine system, and forms of chlorophyll and carotenes that are specific to them. Leafy greens are anti-pathogenic and help to stave off disease and chronic illness.
Leafy greens have the most bioavailable and assimilable proteins you can find. Leafy greens help with all protein-related diseases, such as gout, kidney disease, kidney stones and gallstones, gallbladder disease, hepatitis C, lymphedema, connective tissue damage, osteoporosis, and heart disease, which all arise from protein sources that are not breaking down or assimilating.
How To Use:
Leafy greens are best consumed raw. Enjoy them juiced with fruits and vegetables, in smoothies, raw soups like Medical Medium Spinach Soup, in salads, raw dips and dressings.
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Aloe vera is famous for its soothing properties when applied on the outside of the body to burns, cuts, scrapes, bruises, bug bites, and most especially sunburn. Taken internally, though, fresh aloe has a much broader spectrum of potency. If you’re drawn to enemas and colonics, make aloe vera a part of your life—consuming it offers a colon cleanse all on its own. Aloe is wonderful for relieving constipation.
Aloe vera also possesses more than 70 trace minerals that are grouped into undiscovered medicinal alloys. These alloys work together with the phytochemical aloin to calm inflammation in the gut, which makes it a top aid for IBS, Crohn’s, and colitis. This anti-inflammatory nature rejuvenates the appendix, as well as the ileum—a critical portion of the intestinal tract, because that’s where the body produces vitamin B12 when the digestive system is functioning as it should. That’s not all—as aloe rehabilitates the ileum, it also delivers a very bioavailable form of B12, making aloe an all-around B12 enhancer.
Aloe vera is anti-bug, antifungal (including anti-mold), and anti-parasitic (including anti-worm). It is incredibly useful for killing off the pathogens that create colon cancer, stomach cancer, and rectal cancer, as well as eliminating H. pylori and supporting the pancreas. It also has the unique ability to help stop the growth of polyps and reduce the growth of hemorrhoids. And if you’re concerned that you’ve been exposed to radiation, turn to aloe—it has beta-carotene combined with lignins that remove radiation from the body.
How To Use:
Drink Medical Medium Aloe Water daily:
Blend 2-4 inches of fresh aloe gel (no skin) with 16oz water.
Or eat the gel as is or blend into smoothies.
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