In the high-stress environment we live in today, most of us have nagging health issues that we seem to be unable to get rid of. And, often we look for a complex solution, go to doctors, seek help, and usually turn to medication or stimulants. More often than not, the solution can be a simple one, and, hidden in our kitchen!
You may be a bit tired of all the ‘eat more leafy greens’ advice you hear all the time, but it’s surely not to be overlooked! There’s definitely a good reason you hear this tip over and over again, and hopefully this article will inspire you even more to get creative (which you can easily do with The omplete Vegan Recipe Solution, which features super delicious, filling, and creative recipes with leafy greens and other power-packed vegetables).
Greens such as kale, spinach, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, arugula, romaine, mustard, collard, and turnip greens all contain certain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that can even help reduce or eliminate certain health issues. Many health ailments that you may pass off as something else could just be occurring due to a lack of green leafy vegetables in your diet.
1. Elevated Blood Sugar Levels
Leafy greens are packed with magnesium and amino acids (the building blocks of protein) which almost immediately lower your blood sugar and prevent insulin surges when you consume them. Leafy greens are one of the best sources of magnesium you can get from your diet. This one mineral helps lower blood sugar, regulate insulin in the body, and assists with the metabolic breakdown of carbohydrates. They’ve even been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and sugar cravings. If you have high blood sugar and aren’t consuming leafy greens regularly, add more of them to your day as much as you can. A green smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch, and a nice bed of sauteed greens with onions and garlic with an entree of your choice are all delicious options.
Leafy greens are also a good source of iron needed for healthy red blood cell function that keeps us energized. Due to their high amounts of chlorophyll, leafy greens’ alkaline nature also helps prevent adrenal fatigue that can occur from inflammation in the body. Finally, their high magnesium levels contribute to energy and metabolic support. Consuming leafy greens raw may provide more energizing effects, but overall just focus on working them into your diet however you can. When you do you’ll likely start to feel a more natural stream of energy throughout the day, and unlike caffeine, won’t have a crash hours later leaving you winded. Greens’ amino acid content even provides your body with the support it needs to build protein in the body. Be sure to rotate your greens to get the most benefits.
3. Lower Stress Levels
Magnesium and certain B vitamins found in leafy greens (namely vitamin B6) are necessary for keeping stress levels low. Greens also provide calcium that the body needs to reduce and prevent high blood pressure, lowering stress as a result. Eating leafy greens during the day or at night can help combat mental stress and keep your blood sugar, cortisol and blood pressure low as a result. They’re a win-win for high stress no matter how you look at it!
No one certainly likes to deal with this issue, but leafy greens are sure to help you out here too. Their easy to digest fiber (especially when blended or cooked), along with their high magnesium content help contribute to regularity which is important for heart health and energy. Greens also provide ample amounts of chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plants, which cleanses the body naturally as nature intended. Adding just a few servings a day is enough to get the benefits.
5. Unhealthy Cravings
Cravings for sugary foods, fatty foods, and processed foods can also be fought by eating more leafy greens. Sure, everyone gets a craving now and then, but if you constantly crave unhealthy foods, it’s likely due to your body missing out on magnesium and enough alkaline foods that are rich in other minerals. Eat more kale, spinach, fermented cabbage (sauerkraut), romaine, arugula, collards, and even the vegetable broccoli, which all provide B vitamins, magnesium, calcium and more to lower your cravings and give your body the nourishment it desires.
While leafy greens aren’t a 100 percent cure for these issues, most people find they benefit in these five ways above when they focus on eating more greens. Since it’s easy to go all day long and realize you haven’t eaten much fresh food at all, try adding just a cup at each meal if you can.
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