While scrolling emails this morning, one caught my eye from Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, and it was about leafy greens. Wow. What a great reminder to self, I thought. Then I thought, maybe I should write a blog post about this to help others know the power of these babies!
Here is a jaw dropping reminder and quote from Anthony:
“If you’re not getting enough leafy greens, the future of your health is in jeopardy. That might seem like a strong statement, but it’s the truth. If you’re not consuming enough raw leafy greens regularly, you will eventually experience some health challenges. Raw leafy greens, such as lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, mâche, watercress, collard greens, purslane and kale, are that critical for our wellbeing.” Anthony Williams
I for one will be picking some up today! I do tend to overlook these for some reason. So now it is time to change that.
Anthony also talks about the microorganisms in these leafy greens and how they are responsible for producing the ultimate methylated form of B12 that absorbs into the channels of our body and finds its way back to our liver when called for. Here is what he says about that: “this B12 is the liver’s number-one most important mortar to hold together all the bricks that build the castle of your health. When there’s enough of it, the liver stores ample amounts to send into the bloodstream as an assistant to almost every vitamin, mineral, and other nutrient that it releases to aid your body in any way. It’s the B12 that makes everything go right”.
Wow Go B12! I for one have been studying the effects of Vitamin B12 Deficiency for years and am allows encouraging people to get their B12 levels checked, so this hit home with me. B12 is CRUCIAL to our health and is synergistic in the uptake of all nutrients.
Sweeping The Intestinal Walls
Anthony also hits home on this powerful point:
“Additionally, raw leafy greens sweep the walls of the intestines, gently massaging your duodenum, small intestine, and colon, clearing away bad bacteria and rancid fats and proteins that have gone undigested for years. This build up is part of the reason someone can experience bloating or gastritis—and simply taking a probiotic isn’t going to fix it. Probiotics don’t kill bad bacteria. They don’t kill streptococcus or E.coli. A high quality probiotic definitely has a place in health, but they don’t do even a fraction of the healing work that elevated biotics do. The trace minerals found in leafy greens are prebiotics that feed good bacteria and kill off bad bacteria.”
Well like I said, I know what I am getting at the grocery store today. 🙂 Oh and Anthony says it is best to eat these raw…..
Quote from Anthony: Oftentimes people like to cook leafy greens, such as collard greens, spinach, bok choy, swiss chard, and kale. While these greens are incredibly healing in their raw form, it’s best to avoid cooking them. When leafy greens are steamed, sautéed, fried, roasted or cooked in any other way, it alters the naturally occurring oxalic acid (which is not at all harmful when leafy greens are raw) and makes it into a form that becomes less usable by the body. This is one reason leafy greens are best consumed raw.
Okay I hope this info inspired you as much as it inspired me to add in another powerful health enhancing idea to my day. This is how I see building on health… I try to add in more of the good stuff. It seems easier that way, than looking at everything from the point of ‘taking away’. 🙂
Have a great day everyone! And go get your GREEN on! 🙂