Okay . . . so if your mother was anything like mine . . . she was always saying . . .
EAT YOUR GREENS!
And this is why . . .
Leafy green vegetables like lettuce, spinach, celery, broccoli, cucumber and kale are an important part of a healthy diet.
You see . . . eating a diet rich in leafy greens . . . can offer health benefits such as reducing the risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and mental decline.
And to boost your daily nutrition . . . just 2 cups of dark, leafy greens can keep you feeling healthy.
So how does this work???
Well . . . dark, leafy greens contain high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. They have very little carbohydrates, sodium or cholesterol.
So you can clearly see . . . just how important they are to weight loss, weight control and optimal health.
They're also high in vitamin B9 which promotes heart health and helps to prevent certain birth defects.
Some of the other many benefits of eating dark, leafy greens would be . . .
Controlling stress in the body . . . as I just said . . . greens are an excellent source of B9 which has the ability to produce mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.
Controlling and reducing belly bloating . . . due to the abundance of potassium and electrolytes in greens . . . this keeps an optimal fluid balance in the body. A diet high in sodium, you know like in processed foods . . . can trigger bloating.
Leafy greens are also high in vitamin D . . . which promotes regulatory T cells that are responsible for determining between outside invaders to our body and our own cells.
This in turn . . . makes our immune system smarter and teaches it "not" to attack our own cells but rather attack invader and with this . . . it prevents the development of an autoimmune disease.
I've spoken of "digestive enzymes" and their importance many to times before . . . because they are critical for breaking down and absorbing the nutrients from the food eat. And if you don't have enough of them . . . you will experience bloating, constipation, reflux and nutrient deficiency.
You see . . . leafy greens are one of the best foods you can eat to support the body's natural ability to produce these "digestive enzymes".
Greens also support blood glucose levels and if you have "thyroid" issues . . . a dramatic swing in blood sugar encourages the body to convert T4 to reverse T3, the inactive form of thyroid hormone.
The ILCs (innate lymphoid cells) found in greens protect the body against gut infections and inflammation. It also controls food allergies and intolerances, supports a healthy immune response, helps to heal leaky gut, protects the body from "bad" bacteria, while the "fiber" in greens feed the "good" bacteria in our intestines.
The National Library of Medicine found that eating green on a regular basis . . . can even slow rates of cognitive decline. This is due to greens containing high levels of B9 which has shown to boost the production of neurotransmitters . . . which are chemicals that transfer messages from the brain to the rest of the body.
So should be eat more greens . . . everyday???
Absolutely . . .
Eat 2 cups of dark, leafy green vegetable a day and become a healthier person.
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