Cleansing for Pregnancy: GlowTip #3 Get Your Green On!

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I’ve adopted the slogan “Eat your veggies!” from my diva sister Kris Carr, who manages her rare form of cancer through diet and lifestyle. If you’re looking for a place to start, think green. Green juice and green foods are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anticancer, and they’ve loaded with digestive enzymes and trace minerals. Plus they destroy toxins. When you’re green inside, you’re clean inside. Greens are loaded with folate, which every woman should have in her diet if she plans on getting pregnant. We need it most in the first weeks of pregnancy to ensure proper development of the baby’s skeletal and nervous system. So start by filling up on upward-reaching leafy greens: kale, collards, arugula, mizuna, and so on. Few of us eat the minimum USDA recommended three cups of leafy greens per week. It shouldn’t be so hard! Calorie for calorie, dark green leafy vegetables contain perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food.

5 Benefits of Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are rich sources of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B varieties.

Greens provide phytonutrients, which protect our cells from damage.

Omegas! Dark green leaves even contain small amounts of omega- 3 fats, which are helpful for maternal health and fetal development, including the cardiac and central nervous systems.

Greens help to regulate blood sugar, which keeps you mood stable and helps manage cravings.

Greens break down fats, and alkalize the blood. If you have a heavy meal greens can cut the fat and helps to cleanse your blood.

Moreover, eating lower on the food chain (i.e., eating more vegetables than animal proteins) can help prevent the consumption of many environmental toxins that are more concentrated in animal foods. Those toxins find their way into our liver and fat cells.

All of our energy comes from the sun. We get it from plants, or animals that have eaten plants. Why not just go right to the source? You can’t go wrong with powerful greens like Lamb’s quarters, watercress, purslane, mesclun, mustard, turnips, kale, dandelion, and collards. (Spicy greens like arugula and mizuna work well with tangy dressings.)

Here’s your prescription: Gobble two salads a day and down a few green juices per week in the morning.

Stay tuned for Guideline #4… Get Your Sea On!

For more Glow Tips check out the book-

Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy

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