With many new diagnoses, the term “doctor’s orders” normally include a change of diet, and an increase of fruits and vegetable consumption alongside a decrease in refined carbohydrates and sugars. Studies, statistics and testimonies of those that have introduced greens into their diet speak loudly to the resulting physical and mental health improvements.
Harvard Medical School tracked the health of more than 22,000 physicians and found that those who ate at least 2 ½ serving of vegetables daily reduced their risk of heart disease by almost 25%. At UC Berkeley, researchers found that a high intake of fruits and vegetables also reduced the risk of cancer on an average of 50%. And a vegan diet rich in fruits has reportedly reduced the diabetes indicators and shown an increase in immune protection against arthritis.
More reported benefits of eating green
Women and men have reported that through eating greens their hair feels stronger, thicker and more lustrous. Researchers believe it’s the result of taking in important vitamins like calcium, magnesium and biotin which are brimming in most green varieties. People have also reported feeling a sense of clarity that can be compared to “clearing the fog” with an increased intake of green smoothies and juices. Almost every mineral, vitamin and phytonutrient found in deep greens can aid in mental and physical processes.
Adding green smoothies and juices to our diets can begin to produce these lasting effect within weeks; the benefits range from more energy to mental clarity, from better digestion to clearer skin!
But beware of green smoothies and juices found in our local grocery stores. They are often packed with sodium and preservatives. By creating our own concoctions we know and control exactly what is going down the hatch.
The most common greens and one’s I use regularly in my creations are:
- Swiss Chard
- Wheatgrass (here’s a whole bunch of posts on just wheatgrass!)
And because these greens have very few carbohydrates and lots of fiber, they take our bodies a long time to digest – making them a dieters dream!
This green smoothie, which can also be a delicious juice with the omission of the Greek yogurt, is one of my favorites. Don’t be put off by the amount of greens – the pear and mint offer a deliciously sweet finish to this blood sugar-leveling treat!
Cool As A Cucumber Smoothie
- 1cup watercress
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 cucumber, peeled
- 2 pears, cored
- 2 tablespoons mint
- 1 cup greek yogurt (omit if juicing)
In a blender combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth!