garden lettuce     Hey there, Darling Hearts! Hope May is treating you kindly. I wrote this article for Inner Child Magazine last month and wanted to share it with you. Make yourself a green smoothie and give it a read!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,

Jennifer

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In an ideal world, we’d all eat a sparkling clean and totally balanced diet at all times. We’d grow our own foods and make delicious home cooked meals from scratch, with nothing but the best and most wholesome ingredients. With the busy lives we lead though, it can be hard to meet all of our nutritional needs and truly fuel our bodies the way they deserve to be fueled. This is why most of us take supplements. As far as what supplements to take, health experts recommend a good multivitamin, a quality Omega supplement and a healthy dose of green foods. Of course we take a multivitamin to fill in those gaps in our diet, an Omega to support our hearts and brains, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself why we need those leafy greens? Chlorophyll! Flashbacks to high school Biology aside, this stuff benefits us in miraculous ways. Here’s how it works its magic and some easy ways to make sure you’re getting enough:

What is Chlorophyll and Why is it so Good For Us?

In order to understand what Chlorophyll does for our bodies, it helps to make sure you have a good working definition of what it is.  Chlorophyll is the pigment present in the leaves and stems of plants and grasses that gives them their green color. Chemically speaking, it’s strikingly similar to hemoglobin, the main difference being that hemoglobin has Iron as its central atom and chlorophyll’s central atom is Magnesium. Here’s a quick refresher on hemoglobin: It transports oxygen from our lungs to other parts of our body. Amazing, right?! This very connection is why chlorophyll is such an absolute rockstar for cleaning the blood. Aside from this, it’s also touted for promoting healthier bowels, neutralizing bad breath and body odor, and stimulating the immune system. Sound like something you need more of? Read on to find out how to incorporate more into your diet.

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Green Foods

Strictly speaking, all green veggies contain some chlorophyll, but there are some sources that are higher than others. Look for whole leaf spinach and kale and make one of your meals a big salad. Add fresh parsley and cilantro to your meals. If you’re feeling adventurous, try juicing wheatgrass. If you struggle with the taste of greens, tossing a handful in the blender with your fruit smoothie will make it more palatable. While getting them in their raw form is best, there are tons of great recipes online for tricking your tastebuds into putting more greens on your plate. Bon Apetit!

Supplements

If you can’t stand the idea of all those veggies or you’re pressed for time, supplements can be the answer for getting a mega dose of the green stuff. Companies have done the hard work for you and created wheatgrass, barley grass and greens powders that come in all kinds of flavors. They can be added to juices or blended into delicious drinks to make them hardly noticeable. You can also look for an array of algae as a great source of chlorophyll. Look for similar sounding Chlorella in tablet or capsule form. Of course, if you’re super pressed for time and you want to pull out the big guns, you can buy chlorophyll on its own in liquid or capsule form. The liquid versions even come in flavors. Try a dropper full of mint flavored chlorophyll in sparkling water for a refreshing, healthy take on soda.  Just remember when taking supplements, it’s best to follow the directions on the label as to proper dosages and even better to talk to your doctor before adding anything to your existing regimen, if you can. While it’s unlikely that green foods will do anything other than improve your health, it’s smart to make sure you’re not taking too much or taking anything else that could cause a negative reaction.

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Science lessons considered, it makes good sense to get more greens. With all of the options available for you, it’s easy to find one that fits your lifestyle and taste preferences. With all of the benefits you’ll gain from this change to your diet, you’ll be sure to make everyone around you green with envy!