I know everyone remembers being told to “eat their broccoli” growing up, but have you ever wondered why? No, your parents weren’t trying to trick you into a cruciferous cult, they were just doing what any parent would do, trying to get their kids to eat the powerhouse of health. Green veggies are high in fiber, low in calories, which make them a superstar in the food world. If you’re looking for an easy way to start your health journey, incorporating more greens into your diet is a quick and easy way how, and here’s why!
- Fight Belly Bloat
If you struggle with bloating, the potassium found in leafy greens can help. Potassium, a mineral and electrolyte found in abundance in greens, is essential to keep an optimal fluid balance in your body. Tip: Add a cup of spinach to your next smoothie to help fight the bloat
2. Make Your Skin Glow
I’m sure you’re thinking, well, I have bronzer and highlight for that! If you’re interested in improving the natural glow of your skin, leafy greens are a good place to start. Greens have beta-carotene (also found in carrots) which can can give your skin a youthful glow. Tip: Add broccoli and carrots as a side to your next meal.
3. Support Bone Health
This one is especially important if you’re anything like me and living that dairy free kind of like. Leafy greens are packed with calcium, which is more widely known to come from dairy products. Leafy greens are the top winner here, so drinking a cold pressed green juice, or using kale and spinach as a salad base are a great way to get that calcium boost you need to maintain strong bones.
4. Improve inflammatory response & improve gut health
The key to health and fighting chronic illness is a healthy gut. Green veggies are filled for antioxidants and nutrients that are known to promote gut health. Leafy greens contain a lot of fiber, and eating fiber and leafy greens allows you to develop an ideal gut microbiome.
5. Support your immune system
One of the most beneficial aspects of green veggies may be their ability to support your immune system. Cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, arugula, and kale are the vegetables that are known to have the highest immunity boosting properties because they contain high levels of the vitamins C, K, and folate, which are all good immune system boosters.