Eat Your Greens – That’s an Order!

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Question: I don’t like green foods. I couldn’t say it’s the color or the texture or why but I just don’t want to eat them. What is so important about vegetables that you should eat them every day?

Answer: Not only should you eat green food every day you probably should find some way to get them into three meals a day. Green foods are power-packed with nutrients your body needs to recover faster, fight cancers, improve digestion and fight inflammation.

Broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower all belong to a group of foods called brassica. Consumption of these foods have been found to lower the risk of lung, stomach,colon and rectal cancers.

Broccoli is high in fiber, vitamin C, sulforaphane and kaempferol—a phytonutrient and a flavonoid are especially potent in fighting inflammation. Athletes stress their bodies and dealing with inflammation is a daily battle. Vitamin C helps heal wounds and maintain healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin C also supports the production of collagen, which is needed to make cartilage, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels and skin.

While manufacturers argue that their green pills contain super amounts of the nutrients contained in vegetables and juicers allow you to add veggies to your smoothies, nothing beats eating vegetables. Neither of those products include the fiber of vegetables which helps provide a full satisfied feeling when you eat. The Mayo Clinic reports that fiber helps stabilize blood sugar, maintain bowel health and lower cholesterol levels. Fiber also lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These are just a few of the benefits of eating green foods. So, tell your taste buds to grow up and stop eating food someone hands you from a window in a wall. Green foods help you train harder and grow stronger.

God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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