Why eating your greens is good for your health

Why do I need to eat my greens?

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Leafy greens are a nutritional powerhouse that not only add vibrant colors to our plates but also contribute significantly to our overall health, gut health and skin well-being. These verdant vegetables encompass a wide variety of types, each offering a unique set of nutrients and benefits.

One of the most popular leafy greens is spinach, known for its high iron content, essential for maintaining healthy blood circulation. Additionally, spinach is rich in vitamins A and C, antioxidants that play a crucial role in promoting skin health. The combination of these nutrients helps in the production of collagen, a protein vital for maintaining skin elasticity and preventing premature aging. We love this in a green smoothie in the mornings. 

Kale, another member of the leafy green family, has gained immense popularity for its dense nutrient profile. It is a great source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as minerals like calcium and potassium. Vitamin K, in particular, plays a key role in blood clotting and bone health, contributing to overall skin health and resilience. It can take a little management (you do need to massage it with oil before adding it to a salad) but it is well worth it. 

Rocket (Arugula), with its peppery flavor, is not only a delightful addition to salads but also a nutrient-rich green. It contains high levels of chlorophyll, a natural detoxifier that helps cleanse the body from within. This detoxification process can lead to clearer skin and a radiant complexion. And do we love that! 

Collard greens, a staple in Southern cuisine, are rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from oxidative stress. Vitamin E is known for its ability to nourish the skin, reduce inflammation, and promote a healthy complexion.

Swiss chard, with its colorful stems and dark green leaves, is a versatile leafy green that provides an array of health benefits. It is an excellent source of magnesium, which supports the body's natural stress response and helps maintain a healthy balance of hormones. Stress management is essential for preventing skin issues, making Swiss chard a valuable addition to a skin-friendly diet.

Watercress, with its peppery taste, is a low-calorie leafy green packed with vitamins A and C. Its high water content helps keep the skin hydrated, contributing to a natural glow. This cruciferous green is also known for its potential anti-cancer properties.

Dandelion greens, often considered as pesky weeds, are a nutrient-dense leafy green. They contain vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium and iron. Dandelion greens are known for their liver-detoxifying properties and can contribute to clearer skin by promoting a healthy liver function.

Mustard greens, with their distinctive spicy flavor, are rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K, and minerals like calcium and iron. The antioxidants help protect the skin from environmental damage, while the vitamins contribute to collagen production for skin elasticity.

Romaine lettuce, a staple in salads, is an excellent source of folate, which plays a crucial role in cell division and tissue growth. It also contains vitamin C, essential for collagen synthesis, promoting skin firmness and resilience. Caesar salads never looked so good. 

We love greens because they taste good. We also love them because the the antioxidants found in leafy greens are so good for our health while protecting the skin from environmental damage caused by free radicals, reducing the risk of premature aging.

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