Eat more greens for your best health
Lynsey Walker, MSc
Do you know why it's so important to eat your greens? Get the low-down on why green foods and powders can boost our health.
What is health? To some it may just be the absence of disease, but those that seek to be truly healthy know it is not so much about what is missing in their lives, but rather what is there.
For these people, true health is about sleeping well at night while bursting with energy throughout the day, having resiliency when times get tough while thriving when the going is good, and having the stamina to do the things we want to do after we do the things we have to do.
Achieving this kind of health starts by adding alkaline foods to our diet which, in layman’s terms, means eating more greens. When we increase our intake of greens, we feed our body many of the nutrients it needs to work most efficiently, including vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.
Vitamins and minerals ensure that we have more energy, stronger bones, improved digestion, and a better immune function. Phytochemicals, meanwhile, help protect our cells from damaging free radicals, and are potent anti-inflammatories. They increase our resiliency, helping us become more able to fend off chronic disease for a life that is both long in quantity and rich in quality.
Furthermore, by eating more greens, we can naturally support our detoxification processes, helping to improve the elimination of stored toxins that may be dragging us down and making us feel sluggish.
Traditionally, we would get our daily dose of greens from dark leafy vegetables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, and cabbage.
However, modern challenges such as processed foods and jam-packed schedules mean getting our daily dose is a lot easier said than done. To complicate things even more, chemical additives lurking in many foods, environmental toxins just about everywhere, and nutrient depleted soil (resulting in nutrient depleted veggies) make our ability to nourish our body to the fullest even more difficult.
Green powders are a great insurance plan for tackling this daily challenge. Just one scoop per day can result in a huge nutritional boost, thanks to the concentrated dose of alkalizing ingredients. Easily added to smoothies or with just water as part of your morning routine, this small addition can result in more energy and vitality, plus improvements in overall health and well-being.
When choosing a green powder, look for ones that are formulated by trusted brands and have research to back their claims; unfortunately, not all are created equal.
If you want to live your best life you’ve got to go a little green … it is, after all, the colour of flourishing.