By Tricia DuSaint
As discussed previously in the Spring Bounty Salads post, dark leafy greens contain large amounts of chlorophyll.
Here are some specific ways that chlorophyll helps to heal the body:
- One of the best foods for building the red blood count is living chlorophyll. When the red blood cell count is increased, there are more red blood cells to transport the needed materials to various organs and parts of your body. The body can then better repair and rejuvenate itself.
- Chlorophyll has more trace minerals than any other food on land. Refined foods seldom contain trace minerals that are in their bioavailable natural form.
- Chlorophyll is antibacterial and can be used in-side and outside the body as a healer. Yes, science has shown that chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.
Chlorophyll’s nucleic and amino acid profile meets the protein needs of our brain – it builds the neuropeptides for creative thought and positive emotions.
- Liquid chlorophyll helps wash drug deposits from the body
- Chlorophyll neutralizes toxins in the body
- Chlorophyll helps purify the liver
- Chlorophyll improves blood sugar problems
One of the easiest and yummiest ways to get plenty of chlorophyll is to have a green smoothie daily. This has the added benefit of appealing to children and those who may not ordinarily like eating greens because the added fruit disguises the flavor of the greens. Green smoothies are also great for people who have difficulty digesting salads. Research has shown that drinking green smoothies daily restores the hydrochloric acid in the stomach to normal levels which helps improve digestion.
- 2 cups water
- 1-2 Bananas in pieces
- 1 chopped organic apple, pear, peach or other fruit (more can be added, if desired)
- 1 cup chopped/torn organic kale, romaine, parsley, or any other dark organic greens
- Juice of ½ lemon
- ½ to 1 inch fresh ginger root (optional)
- dash of cinnamon (optional)
- 2 to 4 Tbsp. of ground flax or chia seeds - I use a coffee grinder but pre-ground is OK. (Flax and chia seeds are a terrific source of Omega 3’s.)
- Add water and greens to blender, blend until smooth.
- Gradually add the fruit and ginger. Continue to blend.
- Add lemon juice, cinnamon and flax and blend until smoothie reaches desired consistency.
Tricia DuSaint, M.S., is an educational psychologist and holistic therapist, a certified Living Foods Instructor and a Steering Committee member of Transition Ozaukee.
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