an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century, and although I do not regularly celebrate religious holidays, I can appreciate any tradition that involves good food! Tomorrow, don't forget to wear some GREEN but also EAT GREEN! In this month's blog post I briefly explain why GREEN vegetables are so critical to human health and longevity. Enjoy!
The mighty GREEN veg!
GREEN vegetables get their beautiful GREEN tones from chlorophyll which is the component that processes sunlight for the plant in addition to oxygen. Chlorophyll is to a plant as hemoglobin is to a human - in other words, they are both the "life force" oxygen carriers crucial for existence.
Eating chlorophyll-rich GREEN foods provides incredible health benefits for all mammals, especially humans! Chorophyll is a powerful detoxifier of our tissues and also prevents cancer, improves eyesight, and is typically found in plants high in Vitamin C & Folate which are critical vitamins for cellular function and disease prevention.
The more GREEN the plant food is, the more chorophyll it contains. Humans (and other mammals) have consumed green plants since the beginning of time as we know it. Edible GREEN plants contain proteins, minerals, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Folate and many other beneficial nutrients humans and other mammals need for disease prevention and overall health - right down to the cellular level!
Do you need ideas for incorporating more GREEN plant foods into your diet? If so, start with some great recipes on my web site recipe page. http://www.sfnutritionaltherapy.com/recipes.html Scroll down the page and you will find "Alkalizing Soup", "Home-Made Pickles", "Home-Made Sauerkraut" and "GREEN Beans with Shallot Butter".
I hope you embrace tomorrow's celebration of GREEN and you've been inspired to eat your GREEN veggies!
-Ashley Hathaway, NTP, CGP
San Francisco Nutritional Therapy