Leafy greens by Liz Freeman of Free & Abel
Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this royal green family include kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, napa cabbage, green cabbage, spinach and broccoli.
How do greens benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.
When we think about health we often think about food and exercise. The beginning of Spring is a wonderful time to commit to cleansing your body just as you would your home. Like our homes, our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out.
To spring-clean your body:
- Give it a break from rich and complicated foods.
- Cleanse your body by drinking lots of water
- Eat fresh vegetables and fruits, teas and soups.
- Try making smoothies or juice from fresh fruits and vegetables.
Cleansing brings increased immune function, better digestion,
and increased energy.
As for our homes, there is a saying that goes, ” You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.” If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try a major spring-cleaning. Throw out some of that stuff, donate other items, say goodbye to the old, and welcome the new energy of your happy, healthy, uncluttered future.
Just as your body accumulates toxins and residue, so does your home. Think about adopting green, biodegradable cleaning supplies, make sure you air filters are changed, and get your ducts cleaned.
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Liz Freeman Abel
Holistic Health & Yoga Coach
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