Spring is the season of movement – energy moves up, the trees start to blossom and with it, brings new life and vitality. It is the season of celebration! The qualities of Spring symbolize warmth, gentleness and renewal and need for everything green. It’s the perfect time to cleanse or detox and it’s no wonder that the main foods that make up a great cleanse are green!
The benefits of green foods are vast, but green super-foods make up a potent sub-category with powerful benefits. Low levels of antioxidants in the body can result in oxidation, which can have a detrimental affect not only on the body’s ageing process but is also thought to influence many chronic diseases. Adding green super foods to your day or to your cleanse program is a great way of providing a consistent boost to your nutrient intake whilst also alkalizing your body and boosting antioxidant levels.
There are many green different green super-foods to choose from. Each has a slightly different benefit. Although all have benefits for both detoxifying and repairing it is helpful to split them into two groups.
DETOX AND CLEAN
Considered the King of cleanse. Chlorella contains the highest source of Chlorophyll, which helps the body naturally detox, removing harmful environmental pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals. In addition, it can help to improve memory and mental clarity through its blood purification effects. This detoxification clears unwanted substances from the body’s systems, resulting in clearer skin and increased energy.
Aside from being a complete protein and containing vitamin C, E, all the B vitamins and the major minerals, it is perfect for supporting the immune system, improving digestion, accelerate healing and aid in prevention of degenerative diseases. View Chlorella
Green Barley Grass
This nutrient dense grass also contains chlorophyll, The juice of barley grass is the only plant that provides every nutrient necessary for survival, including all eight amino acids, proteins, minerals and a whole range of absorbable vitamins. Amino acids are essential for good liver function making this grass very useful during the first phase of your cleanse. It can help to remove the build up of toxic substances in the body by detoxifying the digestive tract and bodily systems. This combined with the concentrated amounts of minerals and vitamins results in a boost of energy levels. View Super Greens
REPAIR AND RESTORE
An excellent source of Chlorophyll but it is also high in enzymes and iron, and is one of the richest sources of Vitamins B, A and C. As well as being a highly nutritious supplement rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids, it is also especially useful when there is need for rebuilding due to intestinal inflammation and ageing. It helps to support and aid healing and may help with common conditions such as constipation, blood sugar disorders and obesity. Both Wheat-grass and Barley-grass are highly alkalizing and will help with an over-acidic body created by increased stress, poor diets and lack of exercise. View Wheatgrass.
An incredible source of concentrated and absorbable nutrients. Spirulina is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, displaying high levels of antioxidants and beta-carotene, plus immune-supportive elements not found in any other food. It is easily absorbed into the body, providing an instant boost of green vitality. Gram for gram, it contains more nutritional value than any other food on the plant. It is an ideal supplement for maintaining health, energy and optimum weight. Spirulina supports, nourishes and gently strengthens the body. It is especially useful for people requiring extra nutrition especially those facing prolonged stress or on restrictive diets. View Super Greens
Sea vegetables contain bountiful nutrients. There are a wide variety of seaweeds, varying in colour and nutrients. Sea vegetables are an excellent source of the element iodine, which is fundamental to brain function and reducing stress. The nutrients in seaweeds can help to regenerate cells, build up the immune system and detoxify the cells within the body, aiding in better absorption of nutrients. The removal of toxins from the body and alkalizing affect on our different systems highlight the role and importance of sea vegetables during a cleanse program. View Seagreens
WHICH GREENS SHOULD I CHOOSE?
This can be confusing! We recommend starting with CHLORELLA for the first 14 days to aid detoxification then add a green super-food powder that contains a mix of as many greens as possible to aid the repair and restore phase. We love the PURE SYNERGY as it contains Wheatgrass, Barley Grass, Spirulina and Chlorella along with all the green vegetables, nutritional mushrooms, enzymes and antioxidants you could ever want! When added from day 15-21 and beyond it continues a gentle cleanse while providing the nutrients for any repair that is needed. Alternatively add the SYNERGY SUPER GREENS for a powerful mix of Wheatgrass, Barley Grass, Spirulina and Chlorella.
All green super-foods can be taken as part of a healthy diet. Most of us are living and working in large cities or find ourselves under some form of stress everyday. These super-foods help support our body by creating a more alkaline state to combat the effects of stress, slow the signs of ageing and nourish tissues.
HOW TO USE
Green light your diet by mixing green super-foods with a fresh green juice for a mid-afternoon boost or add a scoop to a morning green smoothie for a nutritious, alkalizing and energizing breakfast, or just take a shot mixed in water!
Green juices are one of the most beneficial ‘medicines’ we can give our bodies, and are an essential part of a cleansing program. Juice is readily and easily absorbed by our bodies as the cell walls of the vegetables have been broken, removing the fibre, making it less taxing for the digestive system to absorb the nutrients directly into our system. Fibre is not to be dismissed. It has an important role clearing toxins from the body.
Try some of our COME CLEAN recipes but remember most juices and smoothies are best consumed as soon as they have been made to avoid loss of nutrients and enzymes.
GREEN JUICE – Green LIght
- 1 Green Pear (if using fruit on your cleanse)
- 2 sticks of Celery
- ½ Cucumber
- 2 large handfuls of mixed Green (e.g. Spinach, Kale, Chard)
- 1 tsp (or more) Pure Synergy
- 1 small bunch of Parsley
- ½ Lemon
- 1 Lime
- ½ inch piece of Ginger
Method: Put all the ingredients through your juicer, add the Pure Synergy Greens and mix well. Add a couple of ice cubes to a glass, then pour the fresh juice over and enjoy! This juice is super-alkaline.
Green Smoothie Recipe – Green Beauty
- 1 few ice cubes
- 1 Green Pear (if using fruit on your cleanse)
- 2 handfuls of leafy Greens (e.g. Kale, Spinach, Cos, Chard)
- 2 stalks of Celery
- 1 small bunch of Mint
- ½ fresh Lemon juice
- 1 heaped dessertspoon (or more) of Synergy Natural Super Greens Organic Powder
Method: Put all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix until you reach the desired consistency. Try not to go over 30secs. Add a couple of ice cubes to a glass, then pour over the super green smoothie – enjoy!