by Mary Louise;Town Jaqua, Health Minister
We've all heard about the 'green movement,'
but what does it mean? Some would have us go
out and hug trees while others would have us
protest nuclear power plant installatioins. For the
health seeker, however, 'going green' has a different
definition. Those aspiring to superior health know
and understand that the key to ultimate wellness is
found in green plants.
There is something special about green plants.
It is called chlorophyll. Affectionately known as
'liquid sunshine,' chlorophyll is the by-product of
photosynthesis, the process wherein the plant
extracts nutrients from the sun and turns them
into food (energy). So it is that chlorophyll is to
plants like blood is to humans. This liquid 'green
gold' is not only the life-blood of plants, but
when eaten, shares its life-force within the human
body. The 'green miracle' that is experienced by
both plant and man is part of YHVH's sweet
mystery of life: a revelation that can be realized
'up-close-and-personal' when we eat according
to the Almighty's original diet plan as found in
Science, medicine, and scripture, attest to the
remarkable health benefits derived from a
plant-based, vegan diet. Studies prove that
optimum wellness is built upon a 'green'
foundation: an abundance of dark, leafy greens
in the diet. Greens are superior foods because
- oxygenate/purify the blood of toxins
- promote healing- growth and repair of
cells/tissues; treat infected wounds
- neutralize harmful, free radicals
- deodorize the breath and body
- contain magnesium which protects arteries,
bones, muscles, nerves, purificiation of the
- contain a wide spectrum of live vitamins,
minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients,
anti-oxidants, naturally distilled water
essential amino acids, and oxygen
- regulate the mentrual cycle
- prevent cancer
Greens are also superior foods because they
help alkalize the body. The body has over 100
trillion cells, and these cells are designed to
functon best in an alkaline environment. A diet
of alkalizing foods, i.e. most raw fruit and vegetables
plus many seeds and nuts, therefore provide
body cells the proper environment so that they
can thrive. Greens, being largely alkaline in
nature and easily ingested/digested, become
the ultimate catalyst for health and healing. The
Standard American Diet of cooked, processed,
and animal-based foods, however, creates an
acidic environment within the body which in turn
causes sickness, pain, disease, and death.
Given their nutrient-dense and therefore life-giving
properties, it is no wonder that green plants top the
list of healthy food choices, rightly being called
'superfoods.' Some of these power-packed greens
Alfalfa- a member of the pea family. Contains
protein, chlorophyll, iron, potassium, magnesium,
phosphorous and many vitamins. Used as a blood
purifier, anti- ulcer remedy, and acts as a mild
laxative and diuretic.
Arugula- vitamin A, folic acid, lutein and zeacanthin
for eye health.
Barley grass- young shoots contains vitamins B12,
C and E, along with minerals and enzymes. Helps
Beet Greens- rich source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6,
C, and K plus iron, magnesium, potassium, copper,
Nutrient-rich cancer fighters with vitamin C and K
plus iron and zinc.
Chard- superior source for vitamin K, A, C,
potassium plus magnesium, manganese, iron.
Chlorella- a single-celled green algae that is the
highest-known source of chlorophyll (nearly ten
times the amount found in alfalfa) from which
most commercial chlorophyll is extracted. Broken
cell-wall chlorella, is nearly twice as digestible as
other chlorella. Rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K,
and is one of the few whole food sources of
vitamin D; has the complete vitamin B-complex
with more B-12 than beef liver, by weight. Contains
many times more beta carotene than carrots and
other leafy green vegetables. Also contains zinc,
iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, rare trace
minerals, essential fatty acids including gamma
linolenic acid (GLA), and polysaccharides.
It is an attractive potential food source because
it is high in protein. Protects against gamma radiation
and adverse affects of pharmaceutical drugs and
other chemicals. Improves digestion and counter-
Lettuce- Bibb/Butterhead/Boston varieties
rich in vitamins A, C, and K plus calcium,
fiber, folate, and protein. Iceberg variety-
contains vitamins A, B-6, C, and K plus fiber,
folate, and iron. Romaine- vitamins A, C, K
plus fiber and iron.
Nettles- abundant source for iron, calcium,
vitamin A and K; a diuretic and joint pain
treatment. Supports adrenal glands, kidneys,
detoxification and combats elements of stress.
Parsley- a superlative source for vitamin K;
also contains vitamins A and C plus iron, and
folate; an anti-oxidant that cleanses and
oxygenates the blood.
Seaweed- marine plants such as kelp, dulse,
and rockweed. Rich in protein and minerals)
Spinach- rich in iron plus other essential minerals.
Contains vitamins A, C, E, K, and several B vitamins,
an lutein which supports eye health.
Spirulina- a type of blue-green algae. A complete
protein and spectrum of essential fatty acids.
Contains beta-carotene, thiamin, niacin, folate, iron,
copper, manganese, potassium, magnesium, calcium
plus vitamins A, B, C, D, K, and E. Boosts energy.
Sprouts- young shoots are rich in vitamins,
minerals, essential amino acids, fiber, and
Wheat grass- young growth is a rich source of
chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals. Cleanses
and purifies the blood. Speeds healing.
On a further note, greens in their wild state are
some of the most nutritious foods on the face of
the earth. Indigenous, naturally-occurring plants
have sustained mankind for millenia, proving that
crops do not need to be cultivated in order to be
classified as 'food.' For reasons apparent, the
rediscovery of wild edibles as a valuable,
convenient, and economical food source is
enjoying increasing popularity as people learn
how to eat healthy from their own surroundings.
Greening up: where to start!
Incorporating greens into one's diet is fun and
easy: substitute harmful foods with healthy
greens. Here are ways to green up your day:
Juice- make freshly-extracted green juice:
wheat or barley grass; leafy greens (chard,
kale, lettuce, parsley, etc.) with carrots and
beets. If you can not or prefer not to juice,
enjoy 'instant' green drinks with powdered,
living greens (such as BarelyMax) in filtered
water or commercial fruit juice.
Smoothies- join the 'green smoothie' generation
by blending greens of choice with fruits of choice.
Smoothies are easy to make and packed with
nutrition. Experiment with combinations and add
other superfoods (hemp, coconut, chia, herbs).
Green smoothies are an excellent way to put
more green into your diet. Recipes here
Raw Soups- blend greens with vegetables to
make your own 'V-8' experience. Use tomato
puree, nut milk, vegan soup stock or filter water
for a base. For extra punch, add healthy omega
oils, seeds, or protein powder. Soup recipes
Salads- build a meal beginning with a base of
healthy greens. Add fresh herbs for variety.
Toss in grated root vegetables, brassicas,
sprouts, and/or pre-soaked/rinsed seeds, nuts.
Salad recipes here
Wraps- large leaves of kale, chard, and collards
make excellent raw wraps. Spead with nut or seed
butter or stuff with sliced or grated vegetables.
Top with tomato slices, herbs, hemp/sesame
seeds, and/or omega-rich oil. Wrap recipes here.
Pestos- tasty pestos made from greens can be
used as a dip or versatile toppings (salads, baked
potatoes, etc.) See recipes here.
The human body is a living machine that is
designed to be fueled with living foods. Of
these living foods, greens are the single most
important food that you can eat. Studies prove
that the body performs best on a diet of rich,
Sadly, most Americans eat little if any greens.
For many people, the mere mention of eating
greens is replusive. Nevertheless, there is a
'dawning of the green' taking place in America.
A veritable 'green revolution' is in progress.
Many Americans who are tired of being sick
and energy-deficient are educating themselves
on issues of personal wellness and discovering
that greens are the key to optimum health.
Resolving sickness, pain, disease, brain fog,
and everyday fatigue the 'green way' is catching
on. Tastebuds are changing and so are lives.
For the sake of personal wellness, consider
joining the green movement. Revolutionize
the quality of your life by thinking and eating
green. Feed your body the foods that it
craves, namely living greens. Nurture the
environment of your cells daily with green
juices, green smoothies, and green salads.
Stop living in an environmentally-unfriendly,
unhealthy swamp. Work in concert with your
body and discover that superior health is
possible. Go GREEN!
And YHVH said, Behold, I have
given you every herb bearing seed,
which is upon the face of all the earth,
and every tree, in the which is the
fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you
it shall be for meat.Genesis 1:29
Me and my beloved greens
References and further reading-
Green for Life- by Victoria Butenko, green
smoothie inventor. An excellent resource
for learning about the value of greens and
why/how to incorporate them into your diet.
LIVING Letter #15: 'The Importance of Greens'
Five green foods with exceptional healing power
40 Points of Wheatgrass
10 Easy Ways to Make Green Foods Part of
Your Everyday Diet and Love Them
Living Green Menus (scroll down to
Green beverages from Hallelujah Acres
Green Smoothie recipes
Of The Field- wild edible information
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