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Much More Than Just Rabbit Food: The Many Benefits of Leafy Greens

Have you been avoiding leafy greens because you think they’re only for rabbits? Well, you’re in for a surprise! Leafy greens are packed with nutrients that can provide numerous benefits for your health. From reducing your risk of cancer to improving your brain function, leafy greens should definitely be a part of your regular diet. Keep reading to learn more about the amazing benefits of leafy greens. You may be surprised by just how beneficial these vegetables can be!


Green, leafy, and healthy

When was the last time you had your greens? 

Salad for dinner? Not only are leafy greens healthy and great tasting but they also provide essential support to the inner workings of our bodies. The more you eat them throughout the day – even if it’s breakfast or lunch – the better off things will be with maintaining good health in general. 

Lettuce, spinach, and Swiss chard are just a few of the many varieties of leafy greens. There are watercress and mache too. The dark green leaves of the cruciferous vegetable family like kale, collard greens, and arugula are some examples included. It also includes mustard greens as well as wild herbs such as raddish greens, standalone greens, parsley, and cilantro. 

How do they help us? 

Mineral Salts

These veggies support our nerve health with mineral salts.

Mineral salts are trace minerals. They are bound to salt and are taken up from the root system of the plant, through the dirt, into the plant, and then delivered right to you in your salad. Pretty amazing, isn’t it? Mineral salts help to soothe inflammation of nerves throughout the entire body, including those in the brain.

Adding more leafy greens to your diet can help reduce the negative effects of stress on the brain. Leafy greens hold these precious and vital mineral salts, which are the fundamental basis for building electrolytes. Needless to say, they are hydrating.

Who says vegetables don’t have any protein?

Leafy greens have the most bioavailable and easily absorbed protein there is. Plant-based proteins are easier for the body to digest than animal-based proteins. This is because plant-based proteins come with their enzymes, which make it easier for the cells to absorb them. One cup of spinach yields five grams of protein. That’s pretty significant.

Disease Fighting 

Leafy greens are a great addition to any diet. Not only are they packed with vitamins and minerals, but they also contain enzymes that can help fight disease. Leafy greens are a great source of Vitamin A, which is essential for good vision and healthy skin. They are also a good source of B vitamins, including folic acid. Folic acid is important for cell growth and development, and it can help to prevent birth defects.

Antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, Anti-mold 

Leafy greens are not only packed with nutrients, but they also have powerful antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-mold properties. These properties make leafy greens a great natural defense against many common illnesses and infections- the superfood status. 

They also help reduce helicobacter pylori, which is the main bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers. 

Anti toxin

One of the best-kept secrets about leafy greens is that they help to expel purge, and drain the lymphatic system of toxins.

This is incredibly helpful in keeping your cells healthy and preventing unwanted toxin buildup that can lead to cancers. Leafy greens help to clean and move the lymph so that it can remain alkaline. This, in turn, helps to keep our immune system functioning properly. 

Try this refreshing drink! 

Are you looking for a yummy, lymph-mover, green juice? You will need: 

  • one whole bunch of spinach
  • an apple
  • one cucumber

Run these all through the juicer and enjoy a delicious, refreshing, and cleansing green juice. If it’s summertime, just pour it over ice to make it even better.

As mentioned, leafy greens have electrolytes, they have protein vitamins, mineral salts, and health to alkalinize the body. They, however, do not contain any carbohydrates required to sustain energy. That’s why if you only eat a salad for lunch, you get hungry an hour or so later.

These are best paired with other resistant starches, such as beans, lentils, winter squash, any of the potato varieties, quinoa, banana, or plantain to make an energy-sustaining meal. Leafy greens are best consumed raw. You can juice them, put them in salads, smoothies, raw soups, raw dips, salsas, and dressings 

As you can see, leafy greens provide an array of essential nutrients that our bodies need to function properly and keep us healthy. Not only are they packed with mineral salts, protein, disease-fighting agents, and more, but they’re also a delicious and refreshing addition to any diet. If you’d like to learn more about how incorporating leafy greens into your meals can benefit your health, please schedule a discovery call with us today. We would be happy to help you create a nutritious and delicious meal plan that fits your unique needs. Thanks for reading!

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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional 

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.