Embracing All Things Green
We hear it all the time: "Eat your greens."
Most of us have no doubt in our minds that this has its benefits, but do you really know why?
- Greens are a rich source of chlorophyll, which acts as a detoxifier in the body. Chlorophyll also helps the blood to deliver oxygen to all the cells of the body as well as helping to neutralize free radicals that cause damage to cells. If you suffer from bad breath or body odors, chlorophyll to the rescue—it is a natural deodorizer! Remember, the darker the greens, the higher the chlorophyll content, and to get the full benefit of the chlorophyll in greens, it's best to eat them raw or very lightly cooked.
- Greens are alkalizing. The modern diet tends to lean more toward acid-forming foods like meat and carbohydrates, but in order to maintain health and balance, it's important to keep your PH at a healthy level. Vegetables, particularly greens, help to do this.
- Greens are mineral-rich and supply the body with many vital nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamins, including vitamins C, K, E and B.
- Greens contain a variety of phytonutrients, which extensive research has shown protect the body against free radical damage, stimulate detoxifying enzymes, support the immune system and act as antiviral and antibacterial agents.
- 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 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.