What you’ll need:
1 cup of frozen Broccoli.
1-½ peeled Kiwi.
1 peeled Banana.
1 handful of Kale.
1 Green Apple.
1-½ cups fl. oz Water.
½ tsp. chopped fresh Ginger.
*Frozen broccoli is partially cooked, which blends much better than raw broccoli.
*If you don’t have kale, try Spinach or Rainbow Chard.
*Optional: Add 1 tbsp. Flax Seed before you blend to obtain healthy omega fats.
Dice up the broccoli, kiwi, banana, and green apple and toss in blender with the other ingredients. Blend for about 3 minutes or until smooth. Use the Liquefy setting for best results.
What do kale, kiwi, broccoli, green apples and bananas all have in common?
They contain compounds that reduce inflammation in your blood vessels, control blood sugar, dispose toxins, maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels, and increase your overall health by preventing disease.
So, what are these nutritional compounds exactly?
Let’s start with FIBER! Fiber is a carbohydrate. There are two types: Insoluble and Soluble.
Think insoluble Fiber as indigestible. These do not dissolve in water. This is the structure that makes up fruits and vegetables, the more solid parts like the stalk and head of the broccoli and the skin on the green apple. Insoluble fiber helps scrub and clean out your intestines and result in a healthy poop and cleans out toxins mechanically. Toxins can be carcinogens (substances that cause cancer). Insoluble fiber helps get these boogers out so they don’t land on a healthy cell and damage it.
Feeding our Microflora with Fiber: Another cool thing is that the bacteria in our digestive system (yes, these are healthy bacteria and we need them) uses insoluble fiber as food. Your microflora is extremely important because it fights off foreign invaders and is a HUGE part of your immune system. When you don’t have a healthy microflora, your immune system goes wonk wonk and you are more likely to get sick.
Soluble fiber digests in water. Because it absorbs water, it creates a viscous gel. If you have ever looked at oatmeal after it has sat for a while in water, you will see it. The cool thing about soluble fiber is that the extra cholesterol in your body (produced by the liver) binds to the fiber and is excreted in your poop! This reduces the bad cholesterol (LDL), which means it reduces the risk for obesity and decreases inflammation in your blood vessels. Inflammation results in scarring due to buildup of cholesterol and other free radicals. This can evolve into atherosclerosis (hardening or narrowing of the blood vessels), making it difficult to maintain flexibility and blood flow. Healthy blood vessels equals well-functioning erectile tissue and a functioning heart.
Soluble fiber slows down digestion and absorption. This helps prevent or manage diabetes. When someone has diabetes, there is too much blood sugar in the blood vessels. Too much of this actually damages blood vessels and nerves and sparks inflammatory response, resulting in once again, scarring and atherosclerosis and sometimes destruction of that blood vessel all together. Soluble fiber helps slow the release of sugar from the food, so there isn’t too much at one time.
Now, for the powerful ANTIOXIDANTS:
Antioxidants in the form of Vitamin A (beta-carotene) and Vitamin C are ample in this green smoothie. Antioxidants stabilize free radicals (unstable atoms which have lost an electron on it’s outer shell) by donating an electron and stabilizes chaos. Free radicals damage our blood vessels big time. Free radicals can be substances like blood sugar, carcinogens, or other molecules that destabilize when they encounter oxygen.
Keep those blood vessels healthy! Since free radicals damage blood vessels and tissue, this stimulates inflammation in your blood vessels which means it’s easier for carcinogens to initiate cancer as well as bad stuff to stick to the insides of the vessel walls, and can lead to atherosclerosis once again!
Erectile tissue needs nitric oxide! In your endothelial tissue (the thin layer that makes up the insides of your vessels), we have nitric oxide receptors. Nitric oxide helps keep your vessels flexible and maintains adequate blood flow. It also acts like Teflon, making the surface difficult to adhere to other particles. If the nitric oxide receptors get damaged by cholesterol or free radicals, it can’t work properly. This makes the inner surface of your vessels act like Velcro, which increases the rate of adherence to bad particles. Adequate blood flow equals wondrous erections, and waaa laaa, no need for the Viagara!
Foods like these greatly reduce physiological issues and boost your sexual and physical health. So, why not eat whole foods and make them a part of your daily lifestyle? Up your ability.