One of these changes is adding leafy greens in our diet. We have plenty of salad ALL of the time, but my wife adds spinach leaves in her morning shake.
I thought it was always kind of weird to do so and wasn’t a fan, but decided to do a little research and find out the health benefits of adding leafy greens in our diet.
Greens have an abundance of vitamins and minerals within them. One of the primary minerals present in greens is magnesium. Magnesium has an array of important functions in the body. Some of the benefits include:
- Assists in the assimilation of calcium and potassium in the body
- Ability to calm the nerves; suppressing anxiety
- Primary ingredient for heart health
- Helps control cortisol levels (stress hormone)
- Improve insulin’s response to dietary sugar
- Many other benefits
The main benefit that intrigues me the most is the primary ingredient for heart health. I currently have a high risk of heart disease and am endeavoring to lower my blood pressure and cholesterol levels and help my heart be more healthy. Especially after seeing my older brother recently go through a quadruple by-pass surgery a few weeks ago. I’m very motivated.
Adding Leafy Greens In Our Diet – Vitamin K
Most of us have probably never heard of this rather important nutrient. When children are born within a hospital environment, they are administered (without the full knowledge of the parent) a vitamin K injection.
Even in these environments (hospitals), they recognize the importance of vitamin K, however, we do not recommend that your intake of this essential vitamin be replaced with an injection. We do however encourage everyone to eat plenty of leafy greens as they are loaded with vitamin k1.
In essence, vitamin K plays an important role in a child’s bone development. The benefits of vitamin K include:
- Regulates blood clotting
- Helps protect bones from osteoporosis
- May help prevent and possibly even reduce atherosclerosis by reducing calcium in arterial plaques
- May be a key regulator of inflammation, and may help protect us from inflammatory diseases including arthritis
- May help prevent diabetes
Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin it its best to have greens in salads with olive oil, as this will assist its absorption into the blood.
Adding Leafy Greens In Our Diet (how?)
Obviously, a salad is the best way to incorporate more leafy greens in the diet; however, it’s not very practical for many to eat salad morning, noon, and night. Like I said above, my wife has been adding them to her morning shake or smoothie.
By doing this, you can still get plenty of greens; however, you can experiment with flavors and recipes as greens go with almost anything! Here’s a quick video I found on guidinginstincts.com adding leafy greens in our diet with smoothies.
- 1 ½ cups of almond milk
- 1 banana
- 3-4 big handfuls of spinach
- 4-5 leaves of mint (or desired taste)
- a pinch or two of cayenne pepper
Add all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Strain excess (optional), pour into glasses and serve (yields two servings).
My wife will be happy because starting tomorrow I will be adding more leafy greens in my diet, especially in my smoothies and morning shakes.
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