Give Your Immune System a Boost with Green Smoothies
Leafy greens are exceptionally healthy and meet the nutritional needs of people perfectly. That’s why eating greens and drinking green smoothies have an amazing effect on the health of your immune system.
Not too many people eat green leafy vegetables because they think that all greens taste bitter. Because of this, they miss out on the abundant amount of nutrients, enzymes and phytonutrients found in these super vegetables. Our taste buds have grown so used to processed foods laden with sugar that we have forgotten what real, healthy food tastes like. With green smoothies, we now have a delicious and convenient way to consume all the greens we need for a healthy body with a strong immune system.
What You Get From Greens
When you eat your greens, you get all of the following nutrients:
Proteins. Leafy green vegetables are good sources of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. By eating a wide variety of greens, you can get all the essential amino acids that your body needs.
Vitamins and Minerals. Greens are rich in the B-complex vitamins as well as Vitamins A, C, E and K. Leafy greens also contain essential minerals in abundant supply.
Enzymes and Phytonutrients. Fresh raw greens contain enzymes that stimulate your digestive system. Phytonutrients are important immune-building substances found in plants.
Fiber. The insoluble fiber in greens helps in the body’s waste elimination and toxin removal system. Fiber absorbs toxins and flushes them out of the system. Your digestive system is a major component of your immune system. Cleaning out your digestive system will boost your immune system.
The Miracle of Green Smoothies
The nutrients in leafy greens are trapped in the plant’s cellulose. If the greens are not properly chewed and digested, you won’t be able to absorb the nutrients. Blending the greens breaks up the plant cells and releases the vitamins and minerals in the vegetable. And because the greens are broken into very small pieces, they are easily digested with very little stomach acids required. Nutrients are absorbed very quickly by the body while they are fresh.
To get the best tasting green smoothies, blend bananas and other fruits with the greens. Combining fruits and greens creates a perfect balance of taste, not too sweet or bitter. You can even taste the freshness of the greens.
Green smoothies provide a lot more nutrients than eating raw greens; hence your body will quickly regain its health. Start out slow with your smoothies to give your body time to adjust. If you eat too many green smoothies at one time, you may experience gas and bloating. Start with a small smoothie once a day. After a few weeks, increase the size or frequency slowly.
Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe
- 2 leaves of kale
- 2 leaves of collard greens
- 1 leaf of red chard
- 1 cup Italian parsley
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 cup ice cubes
Combine all ingredients and blend at high speed until smooth.