Did you know, if you consume a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods, you can make great strides in disease proofing your body?   Leafy green vegetables are the healthiest, high-protein foods on the planet because they are so abundant in a wide spectrum of phytochemicals, micronutrients, antioxidants and many potent health-promoting compounds that allow our bodies to strengthen themselves against conditions that cause disease.  But, what about genetics, you may ask.  What if cancer or heart disease “runs in your family”?   Do you feel like you have no hope for a healthier future than your mother, father, grandparents or ancestors did?  We have a lot of hope in living a long, healthy life.  It starts with educating ourselves and then taking action.   One of my favorite books on this subject is The End Of Heart Disease by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.  And, one of the most powerful sentences in this book is this; “Superior nutrition has such a powerful effect on the body’s ability to defend itself against illness that it can force genetics to take a second role”. 

One of the best ways to get as many nutrients and healthful compounds into our bodies at the maximum absorption is to start with fresh organic leafy green veggies and then to blend them into a green drink, because the better these veggies are broken down, the more protective ITC’s are formed.  ITC’s are isothiocyanates, which are these powerful compounds that help defend plants against predators and luckily for us, these same compounds work to protect + strengthen the human body against weakened immunity or damage to our organs that can lead to disease.   Drinking a green drink is one of the fastest ways to quickly infuse your body with tons of micronutrients and phytochemicals because all of the beneficial plant compounds are broken down to microscopic size from blending, which makes the nutrients are more available for optimal absorption and more readily assimilated by the body and a green drink is easier to take with you when you are in a hurry than a salad!

Some of my clients have a problem with even the thought of drinking something green.  This really is a stumbling block for them.  But, if I can get them to think of it as a longevity-promoting drink and the fact that plants contain thousands (yes, thousands) of healthful, life-span enhancing phytochemical and micronutrients..they become a bit more open-minded.  If you are one who can identify with those who can’t stand the thought of a green drink, try a cold-pressed juice first.  Although, I think everything we eat should taste amazing……green drinks included and I can promise I wouldn’t be drinking them everyday if they were gross!  If you need to take baby steps though, most cold-pressed green juices are blended with fruits in a ratio where you cannot even taste the veggies!

My everyday go-to, which I hope will be yours too, is to take spinach, kale, swiss chard….whatever you have on hand…..toss into the blender, with an apple (cored) or orange (peeled), a big piece of peeled ginger, and then all of the extras shown above with some ice and purified water and blend for a minute until nice and juicy.  Do this everyday.  Not only will you feel energetic and more alert almost immediately, you will start to notice your overall health improve, see your skin glow and your eyes become a little brighter.  That is just in the short run…..in the long run, your immune system will become stronger, your blood will become cleaner and organs will be healthier with less of a toxic burden.  This one simple addition of incorporating protective plant foods into your daily routine will shift your health to a more strengthened, disease-fighting state!  Isn’t that what we all want?!  Try any of my recipes for green smoothies or drinks or make up your own!  Try this energizing green smoothie   http://wj3.b58.myftpupload.com/energizing-smoothie/  or this recipe for my perfect green juice   http://wj3.b58.myftpupload.com/perfect-green-juice/     On days when I just cannot find five minutes to make a green drink, a cold-pressed green drink from Raw Republic Juice in New Orleans http://www.rawrepublicjuice.com  is a must!  xxo!