Thumper said: ‘ “Eating greens is a special treat, It makes long ears and great big feet. But it sure is awful stuff to eat.” I made that last part up myself. ‘
(Quote from ‘Bambi’ by Disney in 1942)
Do you remember Thumper in Disney’s ‘Bambi’? It seems he too struggled to get his greens down him – why is it that the things that are good for us often are the last thing we want to eat, whereas the things that we know aren’t good are the things we not only eat, but crave too? It’s not my intention to go into the many answers to that now, but rather focus on why eating greens is good for us. Sometimes understanding the reason for doing something is all the motivation we need.
Aside from the vitamins and minerals that we derive from eating our veg, the chlorophyll, or green part, of the plant is perhaps the most interesting and arguably the most beneficial – it is said that a molecule of chlorophyll and a molecule of haemoglobin (the red part of a red blood cell that carries the oxygen) are identical except for the centre part – the haemoglobin molecule has iron, and the chlorophyll molecule has magnesium. Therefore, it is reasoned, by drinking/eating chlorophyll we are helping the body to make good strong red blood cells, thus increasing the body’s ability to carry oxygen to the body – and more oxygen, in body terms, equals more energy.
The internet has lots of quotes and articles on the subject of chlorophyll, and as with all things there are arguments both for and against, so speaking purely from personal experience I have to say that taking liquid chlorophyll and green powders has made a difference to my overall feeling of health and energy. Into my litre bottle of alkaline water I add a teaspoon of liquid chlorophyll and throughout the day I drink 3-4 of these.
In addition, I also use the alkaline water to take powdered greens and alkaline salts three times a day.
These supplements are not taken to replace salads and vegetables in our diet but to help offset any deficiencies and to give us an extra boost of energy and help to keep us alkaline. Why is being alkaline beneficial? Well, that has to be a subject for another post – in the mean time, next time you see me just check out the size of my ears and feet!
The following is for geeks only:
“Chlorophyll has the power to regenerate our bodies at the molecular and cellular level and is known to help cleanse the body, fight infection, help heal wounds, and promote the health of the circulatory, digestive, immune, and detoxification systems. Chlorophyll consumption increases the number of red blood cells and, therefore, increase oxygen utilization by the body. Chlorophyll also reduces the binding of carcinogens to DNA in the liver and other organs. It also breaks down calcium oxalate stones for elimination, which are created by the body for the purpose of neutralizing and disposing of excess acid.” sourced from the Energise for Life website, many thanks Ross.
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