Slow Aging with Your Fork by Eating Your Greens
Spring is all about new growth, fresh starts, cleansing, and detoxifying. The color green represents spring. And the organs that need special attention and care during spring are the liver and gallbladder. Coincidently enough, these two organs are major cleansers / detoxifiers for our body. Nature is so perfect.
Eating green foods is one of the best ways to cleanse, nourish, and protect the liver and gallbladder. Leafy green vegetables provide a natural tonic for these organs. The natural bitter / sour flavor of leafy greens stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, and the bile aids the liver in doing its job of detoxifying the blood. And coincidently (again), that same natural bitter flavor found in many greens stimulates the heart to contract with each beat, helping it to pump fresh blood throughout the body.
It is said in oriental medicine, that the many veins found in the leaves of the greens reflect the many veins found in our human bodies, and that these veins in the leaves support the veins of our body, helping them to carry fresh, clean, detoxified blood throughout our body to nourish our bones, organs, tissues, glands, and muscles.
And if that isn't enough, leafy green vegetables are also recognized as anti-aging superfoods in many different circles because of their high anti-oxidant nutrient content.
They provide many of the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy immune system. They are a good brain food, natural laxative, and are calming and soothing to our over stressed nervous systems. What? Your nervous system isn't over stressed?? We are not sure we believe you! But read on about the nutrients leafy greens contain, and eat them anyway, so that just in case you do encounter any stress, your nervous system will be nice and strong.
All leafy greens contain chlorophyll (natural blood cleanser and full of oxygen), iron, magnesium (natural muscle relaxer), calcium, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and essential fatty acids to name just a few. Generally, the darker and more intense the green color, the higher the level of nutrients, which is why kale (the king of usable calcium and good prevention and care for osteoporosis), and collard greens (brilliant green very high nutrient content good for the colon, lungs, lymphatic system and skeletal system) are the stars of the anti-aging green show. But escarole (very bitter, good for the heart and liver function), parsley (super high in chlorophyll, very cleansing for the blood, and a natural diuretic as well), and arugula (very alkalizing, normalizes blood acidity), are true green super stars as well.
Studies prove that people who eat diets high in vegetables, beans, and whole grains will always have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, with bonuses such as better memory and better eyesight.
It has been and always will be about prevention and making healthy choices. So what better way is there to combat the effects of pollution, stress, aging and disease than with your fork! Dig into one of our healthy menus and get started already!
Our best to you as always.
Gayle and Jaime