Super greens are mighty powerful! Packed with liquid sunshine, these chlorophyll packed plants deliver pure energy directly to our cells when consumed on a daily basis. Super greens are detoxifying, alkalizing, and full of natural vitamins and minerals. But what is classified as a super green, and what makes them so powerful?
The Power of Super Greens
Super foods are essential to maintain a healthy diet whether or not you are organic and/or vegan. These “super” foods really are super! They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and energy. You can consume just a few of these foods a day or even throughout the week in place of a huge amount of food (and unnecessary calories) that would be needed to receive the same nutritional benefits through ordinary foods.
Though super food lists have trended over the years depending on various marketing ploys, you can be sure that each of these foods are worth considering. Quinoa, acai berries, kale, chia, green tea, ginger, goji berries, cacao, maca, pomegrantes and hemp are just a few of the most popular superfoods. But of all of them, super greens are probably the most desired. Here is a list of the most common super greens: kale, spinach, wheatgrass, spiraling, barley grass, alfalfa, spearmint, parsley, oat grass and moringa oleifera leaf. These greens are packed with the detoxifying and alkalizing power of chlorophyll. Sun Energy.
It is no question that our world is chock full of pollution and toxins. The unfortunate truth is that our air is toxic, our water is toxic, and even most of the food we consume (sadly even products marked “organic“) can be toxic. Thankfully, our bodies were created to handle the mess of the world. We have a fantastic protocol of digesting, detoxifying, cleaning, and rebuilding, but only when given the proper tools to work optimally. In order to properly and regularly detox, here are some things you should consider:
- the importance of enough sleep
- the clarity and purity of your water (and how much you are drinking)
- regular aerobic / cardio exercise and weight training
- properly maintained emotional stress levels (less is WAYY more)
- the cleanness of your diet (organic vs non-organic)
- the cleanness of your food choices (vegan vs vegetarian vs anything-goes-itarian
- the pattern of your diet
While the first four points on this list are not going to be touched on in this article, the last three can be instantly improved by adding super greens into your routine. Even for the not completely organic consumer, or even if you are not yet organic at all, drinking an organic super greens drink will give your system a break from all the toxins of polluted foods and chemicals you are consuming. For someone who patterns their diet more on the clean and green (vegan, anyone?) side, a super greens drink is a great way to alkalize your system in preparation for the toxins you may (even unwillingly) encounter throughout the day.
Having an alkaline digestive system is key to fighting inflammation and maintaining a healthy body. Your body’s largest organ, your skin, will show signs of inflammation through the presence of dry skin, red blotches, eczema, black heads, and acne. And even those with clear, vibrant skin may have internal inflammation or be on the fast track to disease and early death if your body is acidic. Alkaline diets are said to help protect cells that are healthy and allow them to do the job of cleaning out dead or old cells and prevent plaque build up. Balancing your body’s pH will also balance the levels of minerals in your blood and body, in addition to preventing kidney stones. An alkalizing diet will also help reduce the waste of precious muscle (hear this vegan body builders!) and reduce muscle spasms and cramping.
Of the most alkaline foods to consume, the most popular include spinach, kale, cucumber, broccoli, avocado, and celery. Notice anything about their color? They are GREEN. Green leafy vegetables of various shades are not only alkalizing, they are the best way to prep your digestive system for a day full of battling toxins in our environment.
Powdered super greens are the easiest way to add alkalizing, detoxifying power to your diet. Just mix with fresh, pure spring water as the first thing you drink besides H2O to prep your system for the rest of your day. Enjoy some after coffee to undo the acid buildup you just suffered through for the sake of warm and roasty caffeine hit. Even drink it as a pre-workout or mid-day snack to curb cravings or get an extra burst of energy!