After having read health books on cleanses, raw foods, vegetarian foods, vegan foods, paleo nutrition, primal nutrition, chinese medecine, ayurveda, and so on, I can tell you that all of them comprise a diet that contains half a portion of greens. That is, at each meal, half of your plate should be green.
Greens are especially good at detoxifying your body. If you are ill and need to help boost the healing process, a green juice a day is the way to go.
Arugula (rocket), asparagus, beet greens, bitterleaf, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery, chard, collard greens, dandelion, endive, fiddleheads, kale, kohlrabi, komatsuna, lettuce, mustard greens, green pea, spinach, turnip greens and watercress are all green vegetables.
Most greens are rich in calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. They are also rich in vitamins, including vitamin C, K, E, and many of the B vitamins. Greens contain phytonutrients including lutein, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin, which help to protect our cells from damage and our eyes from age-related damage, among other things.
Greens also contain very small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which improve brain health and help to reduce inflammation associated with heart disease, lung disease, and arthritis.
So next time you’re sitting down to a meal, look at your plate and think of it this way: If you took all of the greens and moved them to one side, would half of your plate be colored green?
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