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The Magic of Greens ~ 8 Benefits of Drinking Green Smoothies
by Linda Loo
Editor's Note from Pamela Nix: I couldn't agree more with Linda - green smoothies are awesome!
Do you want to feel happy, peaceful, calm and in control no matter what happens? Do you wish that somehow, you knew a way to stop all those crazy cravings for sweet, fatty snacks at erratic times of the day?
Would you believe it if I tell you that this is possible, permanently, and can happen in the comfort of your own home?
And while you are doing this, you are also building your body with the best life-giving brand new raw materials available!
Greens are leaves which contain chlorophyll, and they are probably the most neglected food group in the entire supermarket.
But yet it is these humble green warriors which make magic for our cells.
Why is drinking a green smoothie better than just eating greens?
Because the blending actually breaks down the cellular walls of the leaves, leaving you with the finest particles of nutrients which are delivered straight to your cells.
And of course, all these living nutrients are still intact and not destroyed by heating.
1) You feel calm and peaceful
The chlorophyll in greens deliver oxygen to your cells and puts the body in a slightly alkaline state. This is a state in which optimal health is achieved and in which cancer cells do not thrive.
Degenerative diseases like cancer thrive and grow in an acidic state.
2) You feel happy for no reason
A healthy body is a happy body. Research has proven that subjects who are in an optimal health condition still feel in control and calm even in the face of seemingly tough life events; while those who are not healthy, tend to feel unhappy even when they are rewarded with promotions or striking the lottery.
3) You adopt a more positive outlook in life
Things which you used to sweat over now seem smaller. You have grown in capacity to handle things because your body is now constructed with newer, better materials.
And did I mention that your cells are rejoicing with the change?
4) Get rid of Unnecessary Addictions
Your body is made up of billions of tiny cells. Every cell is You; they combine to make up your tissues, organs, bones, face, hair, legs etc.
When nutrition is improved, the body is strengthened on a cellular level.
When your cells know what it is like to receive first class nutrition, they will not want to go back to the old ways!
They will resist old substances like nicotine which does not do the body good.
5) Beautiful and Radiant Skin
Do you want smooth, blemish-free skin? Within weeks of constantly drinking blended greens, countless subjects reported lightening of spots, smoother skin and radiant complexion.
6) Smooth Bowels
This is probably the most common benefit experienced by far. Blended greens add a whole lot of fiber to the diet, and fiber is essential for smooth bowel movements.
Constipation now becomes a thing of the past!
7) Energy, Energy and more Energy!
If you think that green smoothies cannot give you energy for that workout, think again! Or better still, try it before you judge it.
It is true that due to the low caloric levels of greens, they cannot fill us for long. But the trick here is to combine it with sweet fruits - which supplies us with simple sugars.
This is one of the best pre-workout foods and supplies us with simple sugars to burn immediately as fuel.
8) Release Unwanted Weight!
For those who have reached a plateau in releasing weight, try this!
When your cells are nourished, cravings for unhealthy food become less or non-existent. Proper nourishment of the cells is vital to maintaining a healthy weight.
This list is non-exhaustive, and we at Raw Food Lifestyles believe that “doing” is more important than anything else! So here’s a simple green smoothie recipe for you.
2 Large Sweet Mangoes
1 Cup Spinach
1 Cup Water
When you are done, don’t look, just drink. You will marvel at how delicious it actually tastes!
(C) Copyright 2008, Linda Loo
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About the Author
Linda Loo is dedicated to a purpose of teaching people on conscious living through diet and lifestyle. She has experience in Yoga for 7 years, and completed the Yoga Master 500 TTC Level Training in India under the direct guidance and discipleship of Swamiji Vidyananda - Founder and President of Yoga-Alliance-India and Yoga-Alliance-International. She is also a certified Living Foods Chef & Teacher from Boston, and has been teaching Live Foods for 3 years. Linda’s immense passion for the secret of lasting youth, vitality and longevity, led her to probe deep into the realms of Vedic Yogic wisdom and Living Foods Science. By marrying the 2 ancient schools of wisdom, Linda is a living example of the effect of conscious living through lifestyle and diet with her abundant energy, stamina and youthfulness. She believes that by combining Yoga and Living Foods intelligently, one can unleash the natural healing as well as rejuvenating powers latent in every living human being. Linda now conducts Yoga classes, Yoga & Live Food Workshops as well as special Transformational Yoga classes. You can connect with her at Linda@rawfoodlifestyles.com.
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