Sulphoraphane

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Sulphoraphane is a sulphur-rich compound found in the cruciferous vegetable family: cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, watercress and arugula. The strongest of sources being raw, frozen broccoli sprouts.

These sulphur compounds have been linked to some incredible health effects, including cancer fighting, heart health promoting, anti-diabetic, brain supportive, digestive enhancing and skin health.

Topically, sulphoraphane works absolute wonders on sun damaged skin. It can be used both to prevent and to help treat sun damage, and has been my sunscreen for the last couple of years. I have personally witnessed sun/age/liver spots, moles, skin tags, scars and eczema and more disappear with its use topically, but I have also seen some pretty incredible stuff happen when it’s ingested too.

I was first drawn to it as a dietary supplement when introduced to its use for acne. As a long time sufferer of hormonally driven acne, I was first exposed to its effects on scarring and problem prone skin, and later, discovered it’s use internally for hormonal balance by supporting the removal of excess estrogens from the body. This is a supplement I use daily both topically and internally for my sensitive acne prone skin and for hormone dysregulation from years of birth control pill use (I’m sure the two are connected!).

Problems with Estrogen? Excess estrogen has been linked to allergies, autoimmune disorders, breast cancer, uterine cancer, infertility, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, PMS, increased blood clotting, and is also associated with acceleration of the aging process. It is most certainly not a problem reserved only for women, men experience excess estrogen as well, and this can result in lower sex drive, excess weight gain, fatigue, lower sperm count, breast tissue development and much more.

 

There are many things in your environment that disrupt hormones and mimic estrogen:

  • BPA-found in plastics, till receipts, lining of canned goods
  • Parabens- found in shampoos/conditioners, body washes, sunscreen
  • Benzophenones- found in most sunscreens as an anti-bacterial agent
  • Atrazine- found in many insecticides and is a common water pollutant
  • Phthlates- found in plastic food containers, children’s toys, plastic wrap, PVC, many personal beauty care products. Look for a plastic #3 to avoid
  • Perchlorate- is a common air, water, and food contaminant from rocket fuel. Competes with iodine for binding, and can be removed from water using a reverse osmosis filter, and iodine taken internally.
  • Fire retardants- polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs, these are literally nearly impossible to avoid as they are a common air contaminant
  • Arsenic- a common water contaminant
  • Mercury-vaccines, seafood, amalgams
  • Perfluroinated chemicals (PFCs)-non-stick cookwear, stain-water resistant clothing or furniture and carpets
  • Organophosphate chemicals- most common herbicides/pesticides on the market
  • Glycol Esters- common solvents in paints, cleaning products, brake fluid and cosmetics

 

Check out the EWG on in-depth information on many types of toxic exposures in food, beauty, common household cleaners and more. Here is an article on the most common endocrine (hormone) disruptors:

https://www.ewg.org/research/dirty-dozen-list-endocrine-disruptors

 

Sulphoraphane dosing:

1-2 cups daily of broccoli sprouts,sulphoraphane-products

OR

2+ capsules daily of the extract capsules

Take it with selenium, either 1capsule a day (55mcg), 2+ Brazil nuts, or 1 tsp black mountain ant powder, to increase its effectiveness as a phase 2 detoxifier.

 

Topically: apply often!

 

Check out this video between Dr. Chris Kresser and Dr. Chris Shade, it’s one of my all time favourite talks on mercury toxicity and detoxification strategies to understand selenium’s role in detox pathways. https://youtu.be/gBeEuboQ3LI

 

Dr. Rhonda Patrick is probably one of the internet’s best sources on learning more about sulphoraphane. Seriously, check out ANY of the videos she has posted on the subject.

Here is a link to when she was on Joe Rogan’s podcast: https://youtu.be/2Yh4fjOFfDo

And a good overview can be found on her platform FoundMyFitness, describing all the benefits of sulphoraphane: https://youtu.be/zz4YVJ4aRfg

 

Newco is a local Calgary based company from whom we get our encapsulated sulphoraphane and topical creams and ointments.Their ointment uses essential oils which help as a natural mosquito repellant and has been my overall sun protection for years.

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Sulforaphane mobilizes cellular defences that protect skin against damage by UV radiation, Paul Talalay, Jed W. Fahey et al. 2007

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2077285/

Thriving in the Summer!

If you’ve been paying attention to what we preach here at Lotus Herbal, you know that a change in the season calls for a change in how we eat, our lifestyle habits and which herbs we focus on.

After supporting the liver in the spring, the early summer brings the heart to our attention. Not only is the beginning of summer a time to address the physical needs of the heart, it is also time to address matters of the heart. If you’re not feeling the joy of summer and are tending to depression or anxiety, this is an indication of a heart imbalance, and summer is the best time to heal the heart, from both a physical and emotional perspective.

Other heart imbalances may manifest as excessive perspiration, restlessness or even confusion. We certainly do live in confusing times, so mentally and physical supporting yourself appropriately for the season is more important than ever!

If you want to learn how to raise your summer energy, get the most out of your summer days and create space for more joy in your life, and then please join us for our upcoming talk on the season of the heart. Bring a pen and your questions and learn how to thrive this summer!

Note: For this class we will have limited seating in the store, and unlimited access online. If you wish to have a more live and personal experience, then sign up soon! Seats are very limited.

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/thriving-in-the-summer-tickets-112115165478

Hydration Gummies & Maple Chocolate

The gummy recipes will help you:
-beat the heat and hydrate for skin, joints
-balance electrolytes
-DNA protection and radiation
-Anti inflammatory, much more…..

The beautiful tasting chocolate I use two different recipes. Both will be Crunchy with a maple flavor and they will surprise you!

-Immunity regulation
-Memory enhancement
-Endurance and strength
-Source of zinc, magnesium, vitamin C and more
-Natural detoxification

Our seminar will be on June 30th at 12:00pm on Zoom. Cost: $20

For the class, our capacity can hold over 30 people comfortably in the store. Follow the social distance recomented by The Health Government we decide To have 6 people in person. Based on first come first serve. Rest of us can join In our Zoom.

Sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hydration-gummies-crunchy-maple-chocolate-tickets-110435631948

Dandelions

field of dandelionsI cannot help but marvel at this weed, if I could embody a plant in all its glory, why not this one? The scourge of every home-owners dreams of a perfectly manicured lawn, these yellow flowers will still bloom, even when trimmed to the shortest height, and will spread far and wide when releasing drifts of white parachutes of seeds. We can spray them with herbicides and yet they will come back next year. They fight tooth and nail to blossom their yellow heads no matter what we think to do to them.

But did you know that dandelions are a super food? They are more nutritious than spinach or broccoli, and you can literally eat every part of the plant, from the root all the way up to the leaves and flowers. There are a vast number of recipes available online, and I will attempt to try as many as possible this year. Why not? They are literally EVERYWHERE and their health benefits are even a thousand times more beautiful than their bright yellow heads, and useful for a population plagued by liver issues.

Dandelions are one of the first food sources for bees and other pollinators, and play a key role in keeping the few colonies of beneficial insects alive. Dandelion honey is the earliest honey to be collected, and gives the beautiful light flavour of early spring. Try the dandelion honey from BeeLand at the Calgary Farmers Market!

Benefits of dandelions:
– gentle and effective liver supporter and detoxifier
– cleanses the blood, thus aiding in healthy radiant skin
– supports digestive function and may relieve constipation
– cancer fighter!
– supports healthy cholesterol levels
– anti-inflammatory properties
– highly nutritious, containing essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals

When picking dandelions, they have the most flavour before their first flowers appear and the leaves are tender and young.
Make sure that the dandelions you are consuming have not been sprayed with any insecticides or herbicides (avoid parks and public places you are unsure of as well)

My First Recipe!

Dandelion Root Tea

  1. Pull up the glorious tap rootsdog with yellow feet
  2. Wash thoroughly
  3. Cut into small pieces
  4. Roast lightly over medium heat in a heavy cast iron skillet, stirring often to keep from burning
  5. Boil your tea water in a separate pot, add 1 heaping teaspoon per cup of tea, strain

Options to enjoy your tea:

  • Add a warm almond, coconut or oat milk for more of a smooth coffee feel
  • Adding Nettle is a great adjunct for both men and women to support hormonal balance
  • Add roasted carob for a chocolate/coffee feel
  • Sweetener of your choice! Yacon syrup pairs very well with dandelion as it has a warm flavour. Also an excellent low glycemic sweetener with great effects on supporting the gastrointestinal system and microbiome

The Liver & Gallbladder Talk

Sleep problems? 3 o’clock crash? Brain fogs? Digestion problems? Join pain, can’t recovery so easily?…..

Rose will share her own story to make the difference of these problems- gallbladders and Liver flush. And what we should consume that is beneficial for the spring season.

It is spring season- Chinese call it the Liver season. Says all four seasons health depends on the liver nourishment in the spring!

She will introduce her unique way to approach gallbladder and liver’s flush. It will have an amazing impact on our health and improvements!

Finally, she will be showing how to make Chinese Dumplings!! If you would like to learn this forgotten and cultural art of delicious dumpling making, tune in until the end!

When: Thursday May 28th at 6:30pm
Where: Zoom! ID to be given upon sign up.
How, Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-liver-gallbladder-staring-role-in-healthy-weight-loss-tickets-104797381790
Cost: $20

Gummies, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bites for Lasting Health

Join us on Zoom for a seminar to get the recipe for making delicious snacks and how each one can benefit your health.
On May 19th at 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Cost: $25

Gummies for supporting your health on the cellular level and provide
-Antioxidant support
-Joint/ muscle health
-Transport nutrients

Make dairy and sugar free chocolate with a boost of vitamin C, without using orange.
-Boost collagen formation
-Boost immunity
-Improve wound recovery
– + more

Peanut butter bites you can enjoy as an excellent snack to help hunger between meals. Pair with the chocolate to make homemade peanut butter chocolate. Get the benefits support for
-Bone health
-Digestive health
-Immune support

Sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gummies-chocolate-and-peanut-butter-bites-for-lasting-health-tickets-104255948348

The Gut-Brain Connection

We live in a world absolutely filled with bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Technically speaking, we are in a considerable part made up of these microbes. This biome should be filled with such a beautiful array of microorganisms all living together in ecological harmony, and when this system is not functioning optimally, a serious number of diseases and immune disorders arise.

When you support your microbiome, you support; digestion, elimination, mood, cognitive function, blood sugar balance, immune strength against pathogens, immune regulation to keep a histamine/mast cell activation in check, plus much, much more.

If you would like to learn more about this new found organ, and how you can truly transform your health by way of supporting your microbiome, join us on Wednesday May 13th at 6:30pm on Zoom.

Loving your Liver in the Spring

Spring is coming, which means that it is time to start shifting your nutritional intake and habits to stay in rhythm with nature’s cycles and to support the organ of the season – the all important LIVER.

The liver has over 500 distinct functions, and in Chinese medicine, it is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi in the body. When congested, this can look like frustration and anger, difficult menstrual cycles and imbalanced hormones, poor vision and poor digestion, among other things. As the liver is so key to so many functions, an out of balance liver affects all other organs.

The promise of new growth and the rise of the dandelions in spring also bring changes in our daily activities. It is a time to also nourish our creativity and to start moving more, feeding off the energy the warmth and promise of spring provides, setting aside the stimulants that may have helped fuel us throughout the darkness and cold of winter.

Living in concert with nature and turning back into our circadian rhythm is fundamental to our good mental, emotional and physical health. In this talk you will learn:
-the most appropriate foods to consume to nourish and detoxify your body in spring
-daily habits to focus on to enhance your changes in nutrient intake
-the herbs to focus on to enhance to complement your food intake
-how to best support your circadian rhythm to optimize your overall health
-recipes to incorporate tonic herbs and mushrooms easily into your daily life to nourish your liver, your body and mind.

Make sure to have a pen and notebook and your questions. Please join us on Zoom on the 29th of April at 6:30pm. $25 reserves your spot!

Please sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/loving-your-liver-in-the-spring-tickets-102834739474

The Opportunity Behind Anxiety

Anxiety can show up in your life in many different ways and is often camouflaged as feelings like:

-Fear
-Distrust
-Helplessness
-Apathy
-Anger
-Righteousness
-& more

It can feel debilitating and causes you to temporarily lose intelligence. In this unprecedented time of craziness many people are succumbing to the effects of anxiety and anxiousness, which is understandable.

-But what if we have this feeling wrong?
-What if the feeling of anxiety is an opportunity to step into?
-What if it is one of the Universe’s ways of offering us an opportunity to become our next best Self?

If only you knew how to harness the opportunity…

On April 15th at 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Zoom, master coach Tymothy Roy will be taking us through the steps of how to harness the anxiety opportunity to make ourselves even stronger than we were.

In this class you will learn:

-What to do with your body and mind when the anxiety wave hits you
-How to stop feeling overwhelmed when it comes
-How to change the meaning and significance of what you’re feeling into something that will work FOR you and not AGAINST you
-Harness the power available within the feeling of anxiety to propel yourself into a more desired Future
-Key supplements and herbs that will help you manage your anxiety and support a more positive outlook

Please Sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-opportunity-behind-anxiety-tickets-102188749300
Investment: $25
refund will not be available once the Seminar starts.

Chocolate & Gummy Seminar

You will be learning how to make chocolate with no dairy, sugar and additives. Also how to make gummies with minimal ingredients. Two great ways to incorporate more superfoods into your diet while giving yourself a delicious treat.

Enhance the power of the mind, concentration and brain function.

Chocolate Making
-Supporting our memory and concentration
-dopamine, serotonin, HGH and HTP production.
-Easy to make and sustainable at room temperature without being heat treated.

 


Delicious gummy
Supporting liver functions that include
-Detoxification
-Increase energy
-Immunity.
-Plus more

Try our popcorn enhanced with heavy metal detox as a bonus and tell us what you think.

Dates: March 24th & 28th, at 12:00pm to 1:30pm.
Location: Lotus Herbal Health, 8417 Elbow Drive SW, Haysboro Center
Cost: $25
Please sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/chocolate-gummies-tickets-97009045667