People who eat just 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day lower their risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. And a higher consumption of green leafy vegetables has shown to significantly decrease the risk of breast cancer and skin cancer!
Vegetables make things in the body work as they’re supposed to. One study found that people who ate 7 or more servings of fruits and vegetables were 42 percent less likely to die from any cause over the next eight years compared to those who ate less than one serving a day!
Leafy vegetables are also ideal for weight management as they are typically low in calories. Our bodies were created to be fueled by leafy greens. Just a few of the benefits include:
Greens are low in fat, high in dietary fiber, and rich in folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, as well as containing a host of phytochemicals.
Greens are low in fat, high in dietary fiber, and rich in folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, as well as containing a host of phytochemicals, such as lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene.
One study showed that an increment of 1 daily serving of green leafy vegetables, lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease. Others show an increase of fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of diabetes.
Heart disease: Cardiovascular Health Benefits of Specific Vegetables
Diabetes: Fruits and vegetables to lower risk
The high level of vitamin K in greens makes them important for the production of osteocalcin, a protein essential for bone health. The risk of hip fracture in middle-aged women was decreased 45% for one or more servings/day of green, leafy vegetables compared to fewer servings.
Green veggies contain a variety of carotenoids, flavonoids and other powerful antioxidants that have cancer-protective properties. Making these a part of your diet can be transformative for your health.
Wanna hear something sad,? Less than 9% of Americans eat 2-3 cups of vegetables every day as recommended to reap these benefits. In fact, the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines recommend only 1/5 cup of dark green leafy vegetabls a day for 9-13 year old kids; sadly only 1 in 500 kids eats even the equivalent of a single leaf of Romaine lettuce a day in the US.
And we wonder why our health is in the state that it is…?
One of the single most impactful decisions we made for our raw vegetable intake has been the purchase of a Vitamix blender. You’ve heard the name, right? There’s a reason you have. These machines take even hard vegetables like beets and carrots and make them easily drinkable.
Below is a daily drink that we like to have with breakfast and dinner. All ingredients must be organic if your goal is a healthier body.
We use four mason jars, and do the shake in two batches. Vegetables, oil and water first (half fill the jars) and then fruit, ningixa and water to finish. When you add ingredients, place the easiest to blend first. So start with spinach or kale and end with carrots and beet.
MultiGreens is made with spirulina, alfalfa sprouts, barley grass, bee pollen, eleuthero, Pacific kelp and Young Living essential oils (these all help the body do what it was created to do).
Another item we make part of our daily diet is MultiGreens™. It’s an incredibly nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems.
MultiGreens is made with spirulina, alfalfa sprouts, barley grass (natural liver detoxifier and helps stimulate the waste system), bee pollen (immune system builder – rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and anti-oxidants), eleuthero (an adaptogen, which can boost the body’s resistance to stress), Pacific kelp (help fight against disease-causing free radicals), and Young Living essential oils (these help the body do what it was created to do).
As you can see, raw veggies in your daily diet shouldn’t be an option for any of us. It should be a priority! Why throw health and years to poor diet? Our bodies were designed to be healthy, to fight off disease. But we must give our bodies the fuel to do these things. I sure hope this information motivates you like is does us! Here’s to healthier living for your family.