Issue 1: Getting in your Greens!
Dark green veggies are a rich source of minerals including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. They also provide important vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins.
What they do:
1. Support Optimal Brain Function
2. Fight Belly Bloat
3. Make Your Skin Glow
4. Relieve Stress
5. Support Bone Health
6. Support Healthy Aging
7. Improve Inflammatory Response
8. Help Balance Sugars
9. Support Optimal Gut Health
10. Tame the Toxins
11. Boost Digestive Enzymes
12. Support Your Immune System
A recent study done out of Rush university tracked 950 seniors over a span of five years. People who ate just one serving of green veggies per day versus those who ate none had a substantially slower rate of cognitive impairment. Interestingly, all leafy green veggies have incredibly high levels of bioavailable calcium. So, if you are lactose intolerant, you could get all the calcium your bones and teeth need from a daily helping of greens. In addition to calcium, leafy green veggies often contain high traces of folic acid (aka vitamin B9). Many studies suggest people who eat more folic acid have a lower risk of gum bleeding and gingivitis.
One of the most significant medical discoveries in recent years is the “gut brain axis.” Although it may seem strange, there seems to be a direct connection between our digestive and our cognitive health. To be more specific, the types of bacteria that thrive in our gut play a significant role in our overall well-being. You’ve probably already heard about the many benefits of “probiotics,” which refers to the healthy bacteria in your gut that help to regulate digestive well-being. Although leafy green vegetables don’t contain probiotics, they are considered one of nature’s most outstanding “prebiotics.” In other words, the fiber in these veggies acts as “food” for the healthy bacteria in your gut. Interesting research also suggests dark green veggies have an enzyme that helps increase probiotics populations.
DON’T LIKE SALADS? CHECK OUT THESE SNEAKY GREEN HACKS If you do not like eating salads, no worries! There are plenty of creative ways you could get these greens into your diet. Here are just a few hacks to keep in mind: • Mix a few of these veggies into a morning smoothie. • Experiment with juicing veggies and covering them with sweet apples or lemons. • Buy an organic green powdered mix. • Incorporate green veggies into pasta dishes or soups. • Bake tasty “kale chips” in your oven.
Looking for recipes? Try this site for amazing Green smoothie options!
Other alternative ways to eat your greens besides just in a salad?