The Power of Greens: How a Greens Powder Can Benefit Your Health
"A daily scoop of greens powder is like a multivitamin for your insides, providing a concentrated dose of essential nutrients to support overall health and well-being.”- 3D Labs Nutrition
Did you know, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than 10% of adults in the United States eat enough vegetables daily.
Yup! It’s true. In fact, a study from the CDC published in 2020, found that only 9.7% of adults consume enough fruits and vegetables daily. The study also found that adults who consume enough fruits and vegetables have lower rates of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and some cancers.
No wonder the CDC recommends that adults consume at least 1.5-2 cups of fruits and 2-3 cups of vegetables per day then, right?
The truth is, vegetable consumption should be an essential part of every daily diet. Vegetables are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help to protect against a wide range of health problems, from heart disease and cancer to diabetes and obesity.
Unfortunately, we know, as noted above, most people still struggle to consume enough of them.
Crazy isn’t it? All the benefits and still we find it difficult to include enough vegetables in our diets.
Going Green is Tough
One of the main reasons for this is that many people find vegetables unappealing. They may not like the taste, texture or the way they smell. Some people might find them bland or unappetizing, while others might find them too difficult to prepare. The lack of variety and also the way they are cooked can also be a major contributor.
Another reason for low vegetable consumption is the lack of access to fresh, healthy produce. Many people live in areas where it is difficult to find fresh, high-quality vegetables, or where they are more expensive than processed foods. This can make it difficult for people on a tight budget to afford to eat healthy, nutritious foods.
Lack of time is also a major issue for many people. With busy schedules and competing priorities, it can be difficult to find time to prepare and cook healthy meals, let alone vegetables. This can lead to a reliance on processed foods and takeout meals, which often contain high levels of sodium, sugar, and unhealthy fats.
Lack of education is another key factor that contributes to low vegetable consumption. Many people simply do not know how to incorporate vegetables into their diet in a way that is both delicious and healthy. They might not know how to cook them, or how to pair them with other foods to make them more appealing.
As you can see, there are a number of valid reasons why we fail to meet our daily vegetable requirements. And yes, anyone can say, find the time, food prep, no excuses, etc. But the reality for most…it ultimately, like everything in life comes down to priorities and responsibilities.
In our opinion, fight only the fights worth fighting. When you have alternative measures, to meet your needs, that cause far less anxiety, cost or preparation, it is almost foolish to not use them. Don’t you agree?
Greens Powders to the Rescue
Greens powders, also known as superfood blends, are supplements that contain a variety of nutrient-dense ingredients, such as fruits, vegetables, and algae. They are often used as a convenient way to increase the intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other beneficial compounds. Here are some of the potential benefits of using a greens powder:
- Increased nutrient intake: Many people struggle to consume enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, but greens powders make it easy to get a wide variety of nutrients in one scoop. Some greens powders contain ingredients like spinach, kale, broccoli, and berries, which are all high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Improved digestion: Some greens powders contain ingredients like probiotics, enzymes, and fibers, which can help improve digestion and reduce the symptoms of bloating, gas, and constipation.
- Boosted immunity: Certain ingredients in greens powders, such as spirulina and chlorella, are known to have immune-boosting properties. These algae contain high levels of antioxidants and other compounds that can help support the immune system and fight off infection.
- Increased energy: Many greens powders contain ingredients that can help boost energy levels, such as maca root, ginseng, and ashwagandha. These ingredients can help improve stamina and reduce feelings of fatigue.
- Improved mental clarity: Some greens powders contain ingredients like matcha, which is high in L-theanine, an amino acid that has been shown to help improve mood and cognitive function.
- Detoxification: Some greens powders contain ingredients like cilantro and chlorella, which are known to help detoxify the body by binding to heavy metals and toxins, helping to eliminate them from the body.
- Weight Management: Some greens powders contain ingredients that can help with weight management by reducing appetite and cravings for unhealthy foods, as well as increasing feelings of fullness and satiety, which can help to reduce overall calorie intake.
- Anti-aging properties: Many greens powders contain antioxidants and other compounds that can help to fight against the effects of aging and promote healthy hair, nails, and skin.
It is important to note that while greens powders can be a convenient and easy way to increase nutrient intake and provide a range of health benefits, they should not be used as a complete replacement for a balanced diet. We still want to be sure to include healthy fruits and veggies in our daily diets as often as possible, but powders at the very least, allow us to meet our minimum requirements for better health and wellness.
In short, greens powders can be a convenient , cost-effective, and easy way to increase nutrient intake and provide a range of health benefits, from boosting energy and improving digestion to supporting the immune system and promoting healthy skin, hair, and nails.
If you haven’t tried the Vital Greens yet, you really don’t know what you’re missing. Whether you use it alone, or mix it with Vital Reds like we do each morning, upon waking, it is an absolutely delicious way to…GO GREEN!
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Don’t forget, always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regimen.
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