May 2 2017
Growing up we have always been told to eat our vegetables, especially the dark green ones like spinach. Like it or not we would typically eat everything on our plates upon our parents request because eating those vegetables was healthy for us. This logic still applies in adulthood, only we do not have our parents telling us to do this. The fact that we have much tighter schedules as we get older and sometimes it isn’t always so easy to keep track of everything we eat which means that we kind of forget why it is essential to eat all those healthy greens. It’s kind of funny that our association with health is so connected with those greens, but why is that? Why do we associate green vegetables with health? Why are we so focused on the green? Believe it or not, there is actually a reason.
Green vegetables contain a natural green pigment called chlorophyll which is essential for photosynthesis in plants. Chlorophyll, through photosynthesis actually gives a plant its energy and vitality and all the vitamins it needs to survive by converting sunshine into glucose. Chlorophyll also carries a plethora of incredible health benefits, such as:
- Soothes stomach ulcers
- Destroys bad bacteria
- Helps balance blood sugar
- Purifies the liver
- Relieves inflammatory pain
In basic terms, the way that chlorophyll is able to achieve many of these benefits is due to it is incredibly alkaline PH level. When your body has an excess of acidity it typically comes from waste build up from a clogged liver. This usually happens from having a diet consisting of unhealthy foods such as too much red meat, fried foods or excessive caffeine and alcohol and not drinking enough water which results in inflammation in the digestive system and your joints as well as making it difficult for your body to filter out negative bacteria and waste thus causing horrible body odour and a sluggish liver. This is why it is important to try to get multiple servings of green vegetables every single day! Foods like spinach, kale, lettuce, broccoli, all green vegetables (the darker the green the better) are all amazing sources of chlorophyll which will not only help to alkalize your body but will also help to detoxify your body of some of the waste build up it may have. If you need an extra boost, chlorophyll supplements, especially in liquid form, or dehydrated greens like wheatgrass are a healthy and very versatile option that you can take with you mixed with water wherever you go! Plants have been providing us with nourishment since the very dawn of humanity and have remained a constant source of vitality with us even today, sometimes it’s the things that have been tried and remained true to us for millennia that are truly the essential part of our health.