Top 9 Reasons to Eat Leafy Green Vegetables

by Kathy Ashley September 22, 2015

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Dark leafy green vegetables are key to building an energetic, healthy body and immune system.

High-alkaline leafy greens neutralize acidic conditions in the body and help to replenish alkaline mineral stores and filter out pollutants.

Greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are loaded with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals.

As conventionally grown leafy greens have a very high pesticide content, organic is highly recommended.

Benefits of consuming dark leafy green vegetables include:

  1. blood purification
  2. cancer prevention
  3. improved circulation
  4. strengthened immune system
  5. promotes healthy intestinal flora
  6. promotes flexibility
  7. promotes weight loss
  8. improved liver, gall bladder & kidney function
  9. cleared congestion, especially in lungs, by reducing mucus

An abundance of greens is available year round, so be sure to check out your local options. Some common ones include:

  • bok choy
  • napa cabbage
  • kale
  • collards
  • watercress
  • mustard greens
  • broccoli rabe
  • dandelion
  • arugula
  • endive
  • chicory
  • lettuce
  • wild greens
  • spinach
  • swiss chard
  • beet greens

Incorporate a wide variety of leafy green vegetables in your diet in order to get the most benefit, and eat them with every meal.

Raw greens are best, as they contain all the nutrients and enzymes necessary for digestion. They are also very convenient and easy to prepare. Have them in smoothies, juices or salads. They’re refreshing, cooling, supply live enzymes and high quality hydration, and promote weight loss.

Kale, a cruciferous vegetable, is one of my very favorite leafy green vegetables. Most of the time I like to enjoy this mild-tasting veggie raw, but I’ll have to admit kale chips are a nutritious snack that ranks pretty high on my list! If kale chips are dehydrated below 118°F, they are still considered raw and therefore retain their nutrients and enzymes. Check out the recipe here.

What are your favorite leafy green vegetables, and how do you like to prepare them?  Comment below and let me know!

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--Kathy



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