Genesis 1:30b–“I have given you every green plant for food.” The lifeblood of plants is in the chlorophyll that makes them green. It helps to build our red blood cells and fight anemia. Deep green vegetables contain folic acid, which helps to build blood and destroy toxins in the bloodstream. Green leafy vegetables (kale, Swiss chard, spinach, etc.) contain lutein and zeaxanthan, substances that help to combat age-related vision problems. Eat your green “medicine”!
Toxins in our air, food, water, household cleaners, and products we put on our bodies, are absorbed through the skin and, over time, these poisons can accumulate and overwhelm the immune system. This can lead to chronic conditions like autoimmune disorders. When cells become congested with toxins, less nutrients and oxygen are able to enter them, affecting our vitality and ability to fight off disease.
Phytonutrients in green plant foods help to combat toxins and to repair damage caused by them. Some benefits of “cleaning house” may include weight loss, improved digestion and energy, decreased pain levels, and a better functioning immune system.
Eat green vegetables with meat dishes to help digest fats and reduce inflammation. Eat cilantro with fish to help protect against absorbing any mercury. Try to eat a large green, leafy salad with an assortment of raw, colorful vegetables every day. Keep an assortment of frozen and fresh seasonal vegetables on hand. Add good fats like extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, organic unsalted butter, avocado, or a handful of raw nuts or seeds, to help absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Eat a variety!
You can download the Dirty Dozen app to get the latest lists of produce that contains the most and least amounts of pesticide residues. I like to keep Ultimate Green Zone (whole green-food concentrate powder) on hand to take on days when I don’t eat enough vegetables. You can order it at www.learningtobehealthy.mynsp.com.
Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”