Eat More Greens – My Top 5 Reasons Why

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KaleNutritionally , leafy greens are super stars! Here are a few reasons why :

*Dark leafy greens  (Kale, Spinach, Silver beet,Watercress etc) are an alkaline food, supporting optimal blood pH. The more alkaline your blood pH, the less you suffer from conditions associated with an acidic body e.g. Arthritis, Gout, Pain etc. The ideal pH is 7.0 which is what

*Dark leafy greens contain Chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants that harnesses the sun’s energy in photosynthesis. Chlorophyll in plants performs metabolic functions such as respiration and growth. Interestingly, the chlorophyll molecule is chemically similar to human blood, except that its central atom is magnesium, whereas that of human blood is iron. Chlorophyll helps get rid of toxins that over burden the liver by attaching itself to heavy metals, toxins and pollutants,drawing them out of the body through the bowel. It cleanses the blood, liver and bowel and as a result helps eliminate disease.

*Dark leafy greens, like kale, are particularly rich in calcium, which helps keep your teeth and bones strong and reduces your overall risk for osteoporosis. Unlike dairy products the calcium from dark leafy greens is readily absorbed by the body.Calcium also contributes to muscle function and blood-pressure management. Leafy greens contain potassium as well, which further protects against osteoporosis and helps manage blood pressure levels.

* Dark leafy greens are high in vitamin C and Iron. And ironically these two need each other for absorption. Eating Dark leafy greens is one of the best ways a vegetarian can get these two into their diet (along with dark green lentils etc).

* High in fibre. One of natures little helpers is fibre! Dark leafy greens are high in fibre and help push food through the small intestine and into the bowel for elimination. Without fibre our body gets blocked up, and toxins get reabsorbed back into our blood. Fibre helps move things along and it also draws toxins out with it, acting as an internal broom.

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