Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Eat Those Greens!

Eating green leafy vegetables is one of the best things you can do for your health.  Now that Spring is here, we can all add more greens to our diets and our bodies will thank us when we do!  


*  They purify the blood
*  They help prevent cancer
*  They improve circulation
*  They strengthen the immune system
*  They provide us with a feeling of lightness and energy
*  They lift spirits and help with depression
*  They promote healthy intestinal flora
*  They improve liver, gallbladder and kidney function
*  They help eliminate and reduce mucus in the body

If you are looking to protect your heart, eat Romaine lettuce.  One cup of Romaine meets almost your entire daily requirement of Vitamin A, which along with Vitamin C helps prevent high cholesterol.

If you want to lower your risk of breast cancer, eat Watercress.  This green contains a compound that tells the body to starve cancer cells of blood and oxygen.

If you want to reduce inflammation in your body, eat Spinach.  Vitamin K in the leaves of spinach can decrease the kind of inflammation associated with osteoporosis and heart disease.

If you want to strengthen your bones, eat Arugula.  This green has 125 mg of calcium per cup.  It's also low in the mineral oxalate, which can block absorption of calcium.  

If you want to look and feel young, eat Kale.  Kale is high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.  It is also high in antioxidants, which aid in the battle against chronic, age-related diseases.  It is high in carotenoids which help prevent cataracts, and it is high in folate and B6, which can help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease and dementia.

Visit my health coaching website for a basic recipe for preparing greens.

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