With the rise in popularity of superfoods such as berries, nuts, seeds, powders, mixes and shakes I think it can be easy to forget the powerful benefits of green vegetables. No matter what diet you follow, or what beliefs you have about nutrition, One thing that everyone can benefit from is more green on your plate. Here are a few real reasons why green food is so good you.
FIBER: 97% of americans are deficient in fiber. And this is a very important nutrient to be getting from food because it acts like a little scrub brush for your insides, helping clean away buildup from the walls of your intestines that could lead to toxic build up, candida, leaky gut and more. It acts as a prebiotic to feed the good bacteria in your gut!
PROTEIN: Yes, you CAN get muscle-building, satisfying, energizing protein from greens! Kale has 3g in each cup. As long as you are getting sufficient calorie intake, you could get all the protein you need in a day just from leafy green alone!
ANTIOXIDANTS + PHYTONUTRIENTS: Leafy greens are filled with vitamins, many of which have antioxidant effects (like Vits A + C), boosting immunity and neutralizing free radicals to protect the cells and fend off disease.
CALCIUM: Forget that glass of milk - you can get more bone-strengthening calcium from leafy greens like spinach. Calcium is also important for triggering the release of neuro-transmitters involved with sleep and mood.
ALKALINITY: An acidic internal state can lead to inflammation throughout the body. And inflammation is toxic - it’s the start of so many chronic illnesses. Alkaline greens will help get your body’s pH in check.
HYDRATION: Most leafy greens contain around 90% water! In addition to replenishing your body's fluids, the water in fruits and vegetables contributes one of two factors that make them such good choices for weight management. Water ads bulk, yet it doesn't contain calories. The higher the percentage of water the fuller you will feel.
BEAUTIFICATION: Not only do greens contain antioxidants to fight signs of aging, but research shows they boost circulation and promote a glowing complexion. It’s simple: Eat greens, look prettier.
DETOXIFICATION: Leafy greens not only nourish your healthy cells but they rid your body of unhealthy toxins by binding them on their way out, thus helping in regulation digestion.