Wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What is this holiday really? It seems for most, it is a holiday filled with the merriment of throwing back a beer or let us be brutally honest and say it like it is . . . a day to “get pissed at the pub!” No judgement here. Absolutely not. I am a firm believer in having some good old fashion fun . . . and if that entails a bit of inebriation; so be it!
For me, I am seeing green . . . St. Patrick’s Day is a vision of all things green! This week I am going to focus on Embracing All Things Green!
Get ready . . . out comes my inner holistic health counselor voice. Please, no judgement from you . . . as I take you out of the pub and back into the kitchen.
You hear it all the time . . . “Eat Some Greens!” I am assuming you are all knowledgable, as you surely are, and have no doubt in your mind that eating greens has it’s benefits. But my question is, “Do you really know why?” No need to worry because I am here to inform you! So please read on . . .
*Greens are a rich source of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps the blood to deliver oxygen to all your cells. What does that mean? It is a natural detoxifier in your body. Good news . . . if you suffer from body odors or bad breath then chlorophyll to the rescue as a natural deodorizer! Chlorophyll helps to neutralize free radicals in the body that cause damage to one’s cells. Something to remember . . . the darker the green the higher it’s chlorophyll content and in order to get full benefits it is best to eat your greens raw or very lightly cooked.
*Greens are alkalizing. And why is that important? To maintain health and balance, it is vital to keep your body’s PH at a healthy level. Modern diets tend to be full of meat and carbohydrates which create acid in the body, so eating more vegetables especially greens help to off-set this problem.
*Greens are known to be rich in minerals and provide our bodies with many vital nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamins C, K, E & B. And who doesn’t need some more of that?
*Greens contain a plethora of phytonutrients. And what do they do? Hello . . . protect the body against free radical damage, stimulate detoxifying enzymes, support the immune system and provide antiviral and antibacterial agents. OK, now you get it!
*Greens contain omega-3 fatty acids. You have all heard of them . . . code word in the health community! But honestly . . . omega-3 fatty acids are vital to all body functions and protect us against heart disease by lowering bad cholesterol.
*Greens are superfoods! They have powerful antioxidants which protect our body from damage caused by toxins in our environment and in our food. Antioxidants neutralize toxins and help remove them from our body. Greens to the rescue . . . Imagine your greens as superfoods wearing superhero capes!
Are you, too, ready to embrace all things green on this St. Patrick’s Day? So, maybe it is off to the pub . . . and why not? Feel free to enjoy your Guinness along side a bowl of leafy greens . . . both your body and spirit will thank you!
To celebrating St. Patty’s Day . . . with a bit more luck and a lot more green! Hugs, M.