In a gravelly voice and careless approach towards grammar, Popeye would firmly state, “I’m strong to the finish when I eats me spinach.”
Popeye proved wise in leaning on the powers of leafy greens, and he proved the food marketers, who too often have favored everything but leafy greens, wrong. Sadly, Americans’ heavy dependence on dairy, meat and grains to the exclusion of these all-important [green leafy] vegetables has taken away the necessary “punch” they should be getting from their diet, and it has been replaced with a need for an afternoon nap.
Green leafy vegetables are among the most nutrient dense foods available — high in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. Each one is packed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other phytochemicals and micronutrients. When eaten raw, you get the added benefit of live enzymes needed for improved digestion and nutrient absorption.
Consider the following 10 reasons why green leafy vegetables should be power players in your daily diet:
- Boosts immune function
- High in vitamins known to prevent cancer
- Improves circulation
- Purifies the blood
- Provides steady energy
- May ease feelings of depression
- Promotes healthy intestinal flora
- Improves liver, kidney and gallbladder function
- Clears congestion, especially in the lungs
- Helps reduce inflammation
If the encouraging words of Popeye are not enough to cause a second glance in the direction of the lonely, assorted greens beckoning from your grocer’s shelves, think of your inner ecosystem. Greens are the food of life. They should crowd the edges, settle in the center, and anywhere else you can fit them in. There is no energy more pure and life affirming than what you will experience consuming a diet rich in leafy greens.
Health-e-Solutions comment: Mmm, mmm, good! We can’t get enough of those green leafy vegetables. With the list of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and micronutrients found in these power players, we believe science has only scratched the surface of their benefits to human health and well-being. Remember our rule of thumb is ¾ of your plate should be covered in raw alkaline-forming, vegetables. Green leafy vegetables should be a consistent and significant part of your plate. The other quarter is for therapeutic entrées, such as those found in our Alkaline Lifestyle recipe e-Books.