We hear it all the time “eat your greens” and most of us have no doubt in our minds that this has its benefits. Here are a few good reasons to integrate green foods, particularly leafy green vegetables into your diet.
Greens are alkalizing.
The modern diet tends to lean more toward acid forming foods like meat and carbohydrates. In order to maintain health and balance it’s important to keep your PH at a healthy level and vegetables, particularly greens help to do this.
Greens are mineral rich
Greens are mineral rich and supply the body with many vital nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, Vitamins, including vitamin C, K, E and B vitamins.
Greens contain a variety of phytonutrients
Research has shown phytonutrients protect the body against free radical damage, stimulate detoxifying enzymes, support the immune system and act as antiviral and antibacterial agents.
Greens contain essential omega 3 fatty acids
Dark leafy greens contain essential omega 3 fatty acids, which are vital for all body functions and protect against heart disease by lowering bad cholesterol.
Greens are antioxidants
Greens are powerful antioxidants which are known to protect the body from damage from toxins in the environment and the foods we eat. Antioxidants neutralize these toxins and clear them from the body.
DRINK YOUR GREENS
Another way to get your daily dose of nutrients is juicing. My Shades of Green detox drink, which is a blend of cucumber, celery and leafy greens such as parsley, spinach, kale, bok choy, with the optional addition of fresh ginger or lemon or lime, is a delicious way to keep your body alkaline and get your daily dose of phytonutrients and antioxidants while detoxifying the liver and other organs.
To make a lovely green smoothie to add to your daily diet, you can blend up a mixture of chopped leafy greens, with a little avocado, some ground flax, sunflower or hemp seeds, a little almond or other grain or nut milk or water. You can also add fruits such as apple or banana to give more flavor and creaminess. Other healthful ingredients could be added such as maca powder, soaked chia seeds, protein powder, soaked goji berries.
When I’m traveling and not in a position to eat my daily servings of greens, I’ll always take a green powder like Green Magma, which is powdered young barley grass or spirulina. This way I can still get the health benefits of my greens to keep me clean and healthy while on the go.
Wheatgrass is a powerful detoxifier and is high in chlorophyll, minerals and other nutrients vital to good health. It’s an excellent way to cleanse the blood and support the liver. Many health food stores have a juice section where you can get fresh wheatgrass – start with a 1 oz shot followed by some vegetable or fruit juice and when your body is more used to the detoxifying effect you can take 2 ozs.
Word of caution, don’t take wheatgrass and follow with vigorous exercise – I did once and regretted it as I felt nauseous throughout my workout session.