We’ve all likely heard about the ‘80/20 rule,’ which basically states that it is often the 20% of our effort that accounts for 80% of the results. In other words, and this applies to a broad scope of life, there are often a few key factors or causes that contribute to the majority of the results. This principle applies especially to wellness where we often get lost in the minutia and noise of little factors while, at the same time, may be neglecting the big factors that affect your overall health and well being. For example, people often run to buy a new sexy-packaged health supplement to ‘magically burn fat & build muscle’ before they have really mastered the basics of their own exercise and nutrition. That being, said, this article is about the single biggest factor of my 20% that has led to the 80% improvement in my nutrition and, yes, hormonal health.
Of the many, many aspects of optimizing one’s diet and nutrition, perhaps nothing is more impactful than the vitamins and micronutrients associated with juicing/blending fresh greens and vegetables. This should come as no surprise if you consider how little of these nutrients are available in our modern food system, particularly in developed nations like the United States where modern soil conditions yield little nutrition into the food(but that’s another post altogether!). Unfortunately, even a practice as pure as fresh juicing often becomes marginalized by less nutritious fruits and sugary additives. Let’s be 100% clear on this—freshly juiced greens are not supposed to taste uber-sweet like the caramel, cookies & cream protein shakes down at the gym.
Drinking an awesome elixir of kale/ginger/spinach is not for everyone’s taste. However, revisit why we juice or eat altogether—to obtain valuable nutrition into the body. Let’s not fall into the trap of eating/juicing for the 1 square inch of taste buds when there exists and entire ecosystem (& endocrine system) below those taste buds that need so much attention. A spinach, broccoli, ginger, orange mix may help clear cortisol from the blood and free up receptors for a more anabolic environment, but it will not have an umbrella sticking out of the top of it or have family members asking for a sip anytime soon! When it comes to juicing, save the yummy/tasty/delicious desires for the rest of you meals in the day. Your juice blend should be as disciplined as your workout. Same principles apply! You don’t just do the exercises that are yummy and comfortable. On the contrary, it’s about pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone to truly benefit and see gains.
So, with that in mind, I challenge you to rethink your next juice. Keep it about a strong mixture of dark, leafy greens, roots, and maybe even some garlic cloves as a bonus. Pay attention to how you feel about 10-15 minutes after you drink it and how amazing you feel. Given the fact that the vast majority of Americans don’t even come close to obtaining the recommended vegetable intake on a daily basis, you will be giving your body something it truly needs. Below is an awesome juice recipe that incorporates a good level of indole-3 carbinol-containing and immune system supporting vegetables to get the day rolling:
- 1 cup of green kale
- 1 cup of lacinato (green) or red kale
- 1 cup of spinach
- Small piece of ginger (I cut a piece about a ½ inch in length)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- If you need a little something to sweeten it up, add 1 apple or a couple carrots.
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- Add water based on desired viscosity. I use a couple cups.
*Be sure to clean and rinse everything very well to get off the dirt & pesticide residue.
To get more delicious, nutrition, hormone-supporting recipes, check out my Testosterone Top-10 e-cookbook that I include as part of the Testosterone-365 program. I include meals, juices, and even my favorite tea recipe that I sip on every day that support healthy, natural testosterone levels in men.