I started drinking greens back in February, and by day three I was feeling so much better than I had in I can’t remember how long, that I took all that feel good energy and signed my contract with the company. The claims the company posts on it’s media pages and packaging are simple and straight forward: 1. Daily Detox 2. pH balances the body 3. Complete Daily Nutrition. So how is that possible? The nerdy chick wearing stylish black rimmed cat eye glasses that lives inside of me loves to research, so that’s what I did. I looked at the ingredients printed on my little black jar of goodness, and researched the benefits of each one. So here they are.
Ok, so I didn’t delve into the properties of every fruit, vegetable and herb on the list, because there are 86 of them, and let’s face it, we would all be asleep and overloaded by the end of this if I had. So the breakdown is this; we all know that we should be eating 8 servings of fruits and veggies daily, that leafy greens are the best, and organic everything is the ultimate goal in order to feel healthy and nourished. Unfortunately, even when we do our best to eat clean, eat lots of greenery and buy what we hope is the best, we can only eat so much, and there is more to maintaining a healthy body than that. So 52 herbs and superfoods, 34 fruits and veggies later, let’s look at the other lovlies of Greens; Magnesium, Potassium and Matcha Green Tea.
Magnesium is the 4th most prevalent mineral in our bodies and is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions that occur in there. We need to take in more each year that we age, and men need higher levels than women. In other words, we need magnesium for our bodies to function properly. The good news is that magnesium is readily found in many of the foods we eat, the bad news is that medications or illnesses can deplete us of this vital mineral. How do you know if your magnesium levels are low? A good indicator is severe fatigue or frequent leg cramps.
Benefits of Magnesium
- Aids in a healthy pregnancy
- Prevents diabetes and heart attack
- Helps absorb other minerals (especially calcium)
- Boosts energy production
- Provides stress and anxiety relief
- Relief from migraines and constipation
- produces collagen (great for the joints and skin)
Potassium is the 3rd most abundant mineral in our bodies and also serves many vital functions. Bananas are rich in potassium, which is why you may hear that eating a banana can alleviate muscle cramps and why they make a great snack before and after sporting activities or vigorous workouts.
Benefits of Potassium
- Maintains fluid balance in our bodies
- Improves bone healthy and muscle tissue growth
- Helps in preventing stroke
- Prevents muscle cramps
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels and blood pressure
- Maintains optimal muscle and nerve function
- Boosts the nervous system
- Helps to keep metabolism balanced
- Stress reducer (Stress itself can lead to a number of other physical problems)
Matcha Green Tea
I won’t go into all of the interesting facts I learned about Matcha, except to say that it has been an integral part of the Japanese tea ceremony for over 900 years, which in my opinion proves that it has serious worth. Though it’s becoming more widely recognized and consumed it still only yields a small percentage of overall tea harvests.
Health Benefits of Matcha
- Caffeine. Though caffeine as we know it gets a bad rap, the caffeine found in matcha, known as theophylline, slowly releases energy and sustains it steadily. It supports adrenal gland function and maintains optimal hormone levels. Sorry coffee, I still love you.
- Aids in maintaining a healthy heart
- protects the body against stress
- relieves stress and improves mental alertness
- boosts the immune system
- helps maintain metabolism in diabetics
- fights infections
- treats gastrointestinal disorders
Let’s Talk pH Balance
Until a few months ago, the only things I knew about pH balancing dealt with hair and skin products (I was a cosmetologist for several years). But more and more research is being done and published about how pH levels in our bodies can drastically affect our health.
Fun fact: pH stands for the potential of hydrogen scale. The scale starts at 0 and goes to 14, with 7 being a neutral pH. The human body is functioning normally when our pH level is at 7.4, anywhere between 7.35 -7.45 is still ok, tip the scale too far in either direction and we start feeling bad and having issues.
Research has focused a lot on what happens when the body becomes too acidic, because it seems that we are pumping ourselves full of stuff that tips us in that direction. When our bodies are too acidic things like illness, disease, cancer, bacteria and yeast thrive. Besides this, our bodies go on about their path of trying to heal themselves and begin taking minerals from our organs and bones to help neutralize the acidity and flush it out. So vital minerals like potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium can become dangerously low and create additional problems.
So what are we taking in that causes this tip to the left of the pH scale?
- dairy, eggs, meat, fish (basically; animal products)
- packaged and processed foods
- caffeine (the bad kind)
- canned foods
- many grains
- exposure to harsh cleaning products
- carbonated drinks (even water! which surprised me)
- artificial sweeteners
The good news is that nature provides us with plenty of resources to combat a lot of this stuff. Eating a mostly or completely plant based diet is a good start. Leafy green veggies and foods containing calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and sodium are great because these minerals are powerful alkalizers.
So there you have it. Drinking Greens once a day has helped me to get through my daily single mommy duties, on top of work, without the exhausted to tears feeling I used to have by 8pm. I feel better than I have in a long time, and my entire system seems to be functioning much better. Now I have answered my own questions about why “it works”. I hope that this has answered some of yours as well. So cheers to good health!
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