By Natasha Jha
We've all heard the saying "eat your greens", but does it really hold weight? Yes! In fact, consuming a diet rich in greens is one of the best ways to maintain health and longevity.
Greens encompass everything from green vegetables (think green beans, peas, broccoli and gourds) to dark leafy vegetables (all varieties of spinach) and salad greens (lettuces and microgreens). This wide range gives us so many options to choose from that it's really not hard to imagine eating your greens everyday!
What's more, they come with a load of health benefits that are crucial to offset the negative effects of a modern, stressed lifestyle and processed, packaged foods that are readily available and consumed by many.
Let's look at a few reasons why greens are so good for you.
Phytonutrients and antioxidants:
Green vegetables are packed with phytonutrients (plant-derived nutrients) and antioxidants (that fight free radicals in the body) that keep you healthy and youthful from the inside out. The nutrients we get from greens are available to us in a highly concentrated form as compared to any other form of food, so even a serving of greens at every meal goes a long way in giving you a good dose of the healthy stuff!
Full of fiber:
Veggies are chock full of fiber, the indigestible yet essential component of food that helps it move along and clear the digestive system, clears your bowels and even clears up toxins that may have accumulated in your body. The result is a happy digestive system, glowing skin and a body free from toxic buildup.
Anti inflammatory action:
Green vegetables are famous for their anti inflammatory action. Inflammation is a highly common occurrence today with foods cooked in vegetable oil, or deep fried and processed with chemicals for easy meals or a long shelf life. A diet rich in green veggies helps to counteract the inflammatory action of some not-so-great foods we may consume.
Great for your gut
The fiber in vegetables is amazing for you if you want to heal your gut from problems like bloating, indigestion and leaky gut. It also helps to tame any allergies or intolerances to common food culprits like gluten while feeding your friendly gut bacteria and helping to eliminate the harmful ones.
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