Why Leafy Greens are Essential for Your Health

The number one thing you can do today to improve your health and boost your energy is eat leafy greens. This simple act has powerful implications.

In his book, Integrative Nutrition, author Joshua Rosenthal describes it this way: “Greens help build our internal rainforest and strengthen our circulatory and respiratory system.” He goes on to say that the color green aligns with spring, “a time of renewal, refreshment, and vital energy.”

Indeed, the list of beneficial properties offered by greens is long and includes everything from improving circulation and liver function to strengthening the immune system, clearing congestion, and promoting healthy gut flora.

Nutrients in Leafy Greens

Greens provide a whole host of valuable nutrients, micronutrients, and phytonutrients such as:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorous
  • Zinc
  • Vitamins A, C, and K
  • Fiber
  • Folate
  • Chlorophyll

Most noteworthy, chlorophyll (found in all green vegetables) is a powerful blood builder akin to liquid oxygen! If you are trying to get pregnant, you can benefit from the high folate content in greens. And if you need to increase your calcium intake, leafy greens are better than milk because it doesn’t put the body into an acidic state the way dairy does.

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Leafy Greens to Add to Your Diet

Leafy greens with significant amounts of calcium include:

  • Cooked beet greens
  • Kale
  • Dandelion greens
  • Collards
  • Parsley
  • Turnip greens
  • Watercress

*An interesting aside: the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who said “let food be thy medicine,” relied so heavily on the healing powers of watercress that he built his first hospital next to a stream so he could grow it.

Furthermore, other greens to rotate into your diet on a regular basis include:

  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Mesclun
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli 
  • Broccoli rabe

Tips for Eating More Leafy Greens

Here are some easy ways to eat more greens:

  • Drink them in the morning! Start off your day with an alkalizing green smoothie by mixing the following ingredients in a high-speed blender:
    • Handful watercress, kale, or Swiss chard
    • Handful parsley or cilantro
    • 1-2 stalks organic celery
    • 1/2 cucumber (peeled)
    • 1 organic apple (peeled and cored)
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • Thumb-sized knob of fresh ginger (peeled)
    • Filtered water (amount depends on desired thickness)
  • Drink the broth or “tea” that’s leftover in the pan after briefly steaming or boiling your greens.
  • Grow your own greens either in a container on your porch, in a raised garden bed in your yard, or in a community garden. Alternatively, seek out fresh greens at the farmer’s market or join a community sponsored agriculture (CSA) to ensure regular delivery of them!
  • Get into the habit of having a simple raw mixed greens or kale salad with lunch and dinner.
  • Add such green algae superfood supplements as spirulina and chlorella to your daily routine for an added dose of disease-fighting phytochemicals.

Once you crowd out other foods with these nourishing plant-based options, you’ll be glowing with so much positive energy your friends will be green with envy!

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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Leann is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t

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