Tip #3: Eat More Green
Living a proactive lifestyle means to give your body what it needs. We learned in Tip #1 to cook from scratch, this allows us to choose what ingredients we use and less likely to use processed foods. Tip #2 we learned to eat more fruits and vegetables. Today we will be concentrating on eating more green.
Leafy green vegetables have more nutrition per calorie than any other food. Greens make up a significant source vitamins A, C, E and K as well as several B vitamins. They are rich sources of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium.
Chlorophyll is needed to live a healthy life. Its ability to absorb energy from sunlight makes chlorophyll a key part of photosynthesis. As a result, plants survive, producing oxygen and fruits and vegetables to eat. A recommended daily intake has not been established, but you can count on getting plenty of chlorophyll from eating dark green, leafy vegetables.
Researchers at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute’s Molecular Immunology division have discovered1 that a gene, called T-bet, which is essential for producing critical immune cells in your gut, responds to the food you eat—specifically leafy green vegetables. According to the press release:2
“The immune cells, named innate lymphoid cells (ILCs), are found in the lining of the digestive system and protect the body from ‘bad’ bacteria in the intestine. They are also believed to play an important role in controlling food allergies, inflammatory diseases and obesity, and may even prevent the development of bowel cancers.… [T]he research team revealed T-bet was essential for generating a subset of ILCs which is a newly discovered cell type that protects the body against infections entering through the digestive system.‘In this study, we discovered that T-bet is the key gene that instructs precursor cells to develop into ILCs, which it does in response to signals in the food we eat and to bacteria in the gut,’ Dr Belz said. ‘ILCs are essential for immune surveillance of the digestive systemand this is the first time that we have identified a gene responsible for the production of ILCs.'”
Top 10 Reason to Eat More Green
- Good Source of Iron
- Help Look Younger
- Amazing Anti-Oxidants
- Maintain Healthy Weight
- Stronger Bones
- Enhances Vision
- Provides Magnesium
- Rich Source of Folate
- Keeps You Hydrated
- Reduce Inflammation
12 Great Green Fruit and Veggies
- Kiwi Fruit
- Brussel Sprouts
- Green Beans
- Green Peppers
3 Ways to Get More Green
We all know that adult or child that does not like to eat anything green or maybe very little. There are a few ways to make sure they get their greens.
- Hide greens in a smoothie (add blueberries to give a rich purple color)
- Hide greens in casseroles
- Take a Supplement like Multigreens
Putting it all together
Living a proactive lifestyle is about doing for your body what it requires to stay healthy and strong. If you are curious how proactive you are currently living then I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to find out your Wellness Score.
Getting enough fruit and veggies in our diet can often be a struggle, but making 3 or 4 of the servings green can be a challenge. If you would like to join a FB Group called Green Vegetable Challenge to help get ideas on adding green into your diet just click on the link. In our Free Growing E-Course, Day 4 gives even more information on eating green. If you would like to check it out go here.
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Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.