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The Pros and Cons of Green Juice (and How You Can Make it Better)

Green juices are simply awesome. In fact, green juices have been receiving a lot more attention lately thanks to testimonials from A-list celebrities. But these juices are not just a superficial fad – they’re here to stay. Especially when they have so many things going for them…

Green juices are convenient and healthy. Green juices are a quick and convenient way to ensure that we consume enough greens on a daily basis. In fact, just 16 oz of organic green juice is equivalent to the five daily recommended servings of fruit and vegetables. That’s a lot of vitamins, nutrients and fiber in one glass.

Green keeps things clean. The green pigment, chlorophyll, is a powerful antioxidant that detoxifies your body, even removing certain heavy metals. It combats toxins that are stored in the body, as well as air pollution that is inhaled. It recycles nutrients and even repairs DNA.

Green juices are highly alkaline. By helping to maintain a slight alkalinity in your body, green juices help to fight parasites, viruses, harmful bacteria, and degenerative diseases. They also help to prevent health issues that are associated with an acidic system, such as allergies, joint pain, and digestive problems.

Greens energize. The chlorophyll in green juices boosts your blood’s hemoglobin count, which aids blood circulation and in turn provides you with a lot more energy. Green juices make it that much quicker and easier for your cells to get the nutrients they need, to provide you with the energy that you need.

Okay…those are some pretty awesome benefits. But there are some other things you need to know…

What’s not so awesome about green juices?

The answer lies in the term ‘anti-nutrients’. All leaves contain a small amount of toxins that act as a defense mechanism to protect the plant from predators eating up all of one kind of plants (it’s like the plant’s way of saying, “Go on, you! Find some other greens to chew on!”).

And when you consume a large amount of the same kind of greens (with the same kind of anti-nutrients) – there is the chance that these toxins could exacerbate an already existing medical condition. The simple way to avoid ever dealing with any problems anti-nutrients can cause is to…switch it up!

If you’ve been juicing the same old spinach for the past few weeks – get to know endives, kale, Swiss chard, and watercress.

If your signature green is kale – call a break to date around with chicory, dandelion greens, good ole’ lettuce, arugula and amaranth.

Even apart from the obvious benefit of avoiding anti-nutrient toxicity, varying your greens is an awesome idea since each leafy green comes with ample benefits of its own. Just to give you an idea…

Arugula, commonly referred to as salad rocket, has a peppery flavor that has a natural cooling effect on the body. Unlike other greens, arugula is has aphrodisiacal properties. It stimulates and vitalizes the body, providing both power and energy, including sexual energy.

Cabbage juice, when consumed regularly, can be used to treat chronic headaches. It can also be used in more acute cases, such as a splitting headache from a hangover. Plus, it’s absolutely awesome for stomach conditions – read more about cabbage juice benefits!

Spinach juice is a natural way to get beautiful skin. The vitamins and minerals in spinach provide instant relief from dry, itchy skin and give you a radiant, glowing complexion.

Kale is a great source of calcium. It is contains more calcium per 100mg than milk. It also contains alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), which is a type of omega 3 fatty acid. ALA is necessary for brain health, heart health, and reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Read more about kale juice benefits!

Mustard Greens have higher levels of Vitamin K than most other green leafy vegetables. This vitamin is important in the growth of health bones and it also increases bone mass. It also limits damage to the neurons in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Swiss Chard contains a unique combination of phytonutrients that play an important role in controlling blood sugar levels. As such, it is particularly beneficial for people who suffer from diabetes to consume this vegetable. The fiber and protein in Swiss chard also provide additional benefits in terms of blood sugar regulation.

Watercress is a semi aquatic vegetable, which means that it has a particularly high water content. Drinking watercress juice is an effective way to maintain good oral health. It is especially effective in treating gum problems.

See a longer list of leafy greens!

As you can see, there’s a lot of green goodness out there so do yourself a favor (and avoid this anti-nutrient toxicity) by varying your green vegetables regularly!

An easy way to do this is to rotate based on the greens’ plant families – here’s an easy cheat to help you do just that!

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