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Have you heard of glutathione (pronounced “gloota-thigh-own”)? Over the past couple of years, this powerful antioxidant has been a hot topic in nutrition and athletic circles. It’s even been called the “Powerhouse of Antioxidants.”
Enough research has been done on glutathione to inspire numerous companies to create supplements for those looking to improve their recovery after training and hard workouts.
I’ve been doing my own research on this monster of a molecule and seeking ways we can get more of it into our diets through fresh vegetables. I won’t go into all the science behind glutathione but here are some benefits that scientific studies have found in the “Mother of all antioxidants”…
Here’s where it gets personal. In my own research of finding ways to increase my glutathione intake, I landed on specific vegetables that actually stimulate the production of this antioxidant in the human body. So I thought to myself, “why not find several of these vegetables at my local supermarket and make a chopped salad in our food processor?”
And the results have been incredible as I consume this chopped salad literally on a daily basis. Not only am I getting a nice dose of glutathione but I’m also getting healthy fiber in an easily digested form. So what does this finely chopped salad include? Thought you’d never ask.
As I mentioned above, I use our food processor which makes this really easy. Place in a large bowl in the fridge. Keep all of it raw for the highest nutrient content. The garlic, turmeric, and parsley you use in smaller amounts since they’re stronger in taste.
The bottom line is having a well-rounded mix that you can eat on for several days. Many of the vegetables on that list are of the cruciferous variety and naturally emit a sulfur-like odor. You’ll get a nice whiff every time you open that big bowl for a serving.
High in the glutathione list include arugula, watercress, turnip, bok choy, collard greens, kale, radish and mustard greens, asparagus, okra, carrots, zucchini, green bell peppers.
Here’s a dressing you can also put together which complements this salad nicely…
The dressing could also be made in larger amounts & mixed up before using. If I’m feeling lazy, I simply add some lemon juice, Tamari soy sauce and cracked pepper and mix into each serving I eat.
Even as I’ve significantly increased my training load, I’ve noticed my body feeling really good. Both my recovery time and inflammation levels have decreased which are two things an endurance athlete is looking for. I’ve shared this chopped salad recipe with all of the athletes I coach and several have noticed similar benefits.
When I wake up the next day, my 44 year-old body feels ready to roll. In fact, I feel as though I’m recovering like a 22 year-old!
Get more glutathione and you’re bound to feel glorious!
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.
What if achieving your next level of high performance didn’t have anything to do with building more muscle?
According to research, your highest level of optimal health and athletic performance may be more about using the resources you already have to their highest capacity…
And it all comes down to a new way of managing your hydration.
But... Can hydration be the key..?