Monday, December 8, 2008

Green For Life!

I just read a fabulous book that I HAVE to share with everyone: Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko. I started drinking green smoothies about a month ago but was doing it experimentally and without much direction. I had decided that I wanted to start eating more greens, and hadn't been 100% successful with a daily salad discipline. So one morning I decided to just incorporate into my daily fruit smoothie the spinach sitting in my refrigerator untouched.

Victoria tells her story about how she helped save herself and the health of her family with the discovery of green smoothies. As a tenacious researcher, Victoria provides a host of health facts and explains very simply how a daily green smoothie can make an immense difference in one's health and well being. I am incredibly excited about the green smoothie, what it can do for my health, how good it tastes, and how easy it is to make. For those that don't have much time for breakfast or any nutritious meal, the green smoothie is the answer!

Victoria shows how we can get all our necessary protein from greens as well as a host of vitamins and trace minerals. She contends that dark green leafy vegetables should to be in their own food group separate from other vegetables, and these can be combined with anything, including fruit without any ill digestive effects.

Some of the many benefits of consuming lots of raw, dark green leafy vegetables involve the following:

Fiber: the insoluble fiber found in greens acts as a sponge that soaks up toxins and cleans them out. Without enough insoluble fiber, our bodies will try to eliminate through the skin, eyes, nose, and mouth. Rough, blemished skin and excess mucous are signs of this.

Stomach Acid: Many people today have low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) and don't even know it. This is a big problem because our stomachs need sufficient hydrochloric acid in order to fully break down our foods and assimilate the nutrients. Without sufficient stomach acid, we become malnourished. Signs that you may have low stomach acid include some of the following:
  • Bloating, belching, or flatulence immediately after meals
  • Indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Multiple food allergies
  • Adult acne
  • Undigested food in the stools
  • Chronic yeast infections

Victoria conducted her own experiment in collaboration with a medical doctor using volunteers with hypochlorhydria who were willing to incorporate green smoothies into their diets without changing any other habits. After only 30 days, 67% of these volunteers experienced improved stomach acid levels as well as dramatic positive health benefits such as weight loss, increased energy, healthy elimination, decreased cravings for sweets and junk food, and improved sleep. Even better - they all said drinking the green smoothies was easy!

Blood pH: Proper pH balance is a critical factor for optimal health. Cancer and disease thrive in a low pH environment but cannot survive in an alkaline environment. With all the acid-forming, processed foods that are popular today, it is no wonder that cancer is growing prolifically. Additionally, an acid state may be the reason so many people are unsuccessful at losing weight because the body uses fat to store the acid. Eating plenty of alkalizing raw greens and fresh fruits will raise the pH of the body making it possible to maintain optimal, disease-free health.

Rest assured that I didn't divulge the entire contents of the book. I encourage you to get it (check your local library!) and read the fleshed out points and arguments. I only presented a brief taste of the information and evidence that the author presents.

At the end of the book, Victoria provides various smoothie recipes. These will help until you get your imagination going. I will provide one here:

Raspberry Dream
Blend well:
2 bosc pears
1 handful of raspberries
4-5 leaves of kale (take out the thick, woody stem)
2 cups of water
Yields: 1 quart of smoothie

Remember to rotate your greens and include a wide variety. I didn't eat kale or collard greens until I started drinking green smoothies. Victoria says that many weeds you pull from your garden are spectacular, nutrient-packed greens such as lambsquarters. Don't throw the tops of your carrots away! They may contain far more nutrition than the carrot itself. Blend those! The same goes for beet tops.

Read my Green Salad Smoothie article for two more smoothie ideas.


Kristen's Raw said...

Right on!!!

I love that book and I love green smoothies. They are full of delicious nutrition :)

Cheers and Happy Holidays,

Tami of BrooksGroth said...

I just discovered your blog through this post. I love seeing others educate about health and green smoothies. :-)

I would love to have you join our Green Smoothie group on Facebook if you're on FB! Sounds like you would be able to share lots of enthusiasm. :-)

~ Tami (aka / )