Greens bring our bodies back in balance and strengthen our circulatory and respiratory systems. The color green is associated with new growth and vibrant energy. Raw foodists include green smoothies in their daily meals and nutritionally, greens are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are an excellent source of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals.
Here are some wonderful reasons to include eating dark leafy greens into your diet every day:
Greens fight disease, bring balance to your entire body, purify your blood, offer cancer prevention, increase your circulation, strengthen your immune system, bring you subtle, light and flexible energy, they pull you out of depression, balance your intestinal flora, improve liver, gall bladder and kidney function, and reduce mucus and congestion in your body.
When going to the farmer’s market or grocery store there are plenty of greens to choose from. Children love broccoli and peas, but try to be creative and eat greens you’ve never seen before like: kale, romaine, bok choy, napa cabbage, kale, collards, watercress, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, dandelion and other leafy greens.
Greens such as, arugula, endive, chicory, lettuce, mesclun greens and wild greens are usually eaten raw; however, spinach, Swiss chard and beet greens are best eaten in moderation because they are high in oxalic acid, which depletes calcium from your bones and teeth.
Toss a salad, throw a few leaves of kale in your next smoothie, or saute some spinach, either way, eat your greens every day–your body, mind and health will thank you for it.