Do you eat enough greens? If you don’t know, I have more questions for you. Do you have hiccups regularly? Do you sigh a lot? Do you have painful knots in your back? Is your vision blurry? Do you experience eye-twitching or leg cramps? Do you have lots of wrinkles? Do you crave chocolate all the time? Do you have migraines? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you’re probably not eating enough greens.
Dark leafy greens contain an astonishing abundance of nutrients that are vital to good health. However, since the beginning of the industrial revolution two hundred years ago, the diet of people in the Western world has undergone a dramatic change: they almost completely stopped consuming fresh greens, along with the proper amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, and added lots of refined and canned products. Processed foods not only lack important nutrients, but also contain preservatives and many other chemicals harmful to health.
As we continue to consume a lot of processed foods, the condition of our health keeps worsening. Astonishingly, 133 million Americans—almost 1 out of every 2 adults—have at least one chronic illness. Seventy percent of Americans take prescription drugs and more than 35 percent of the American people are obese. Based on available statistics, the number of totally healthy people in America seems to be rather small—despite the fact that the United States spends over $3 trillion a year on health care.
How can we return our health to its natural state? Could adding leafy green vegetables aid?
Exactly ten years ago, in August 2004, I created the very first green smoothie. This amazing green mix allowed first my family and then many more people to consume a substantial amount of greens in the most palatable way. Thousands of people witnessed a wonderful healing effect from it right away.
Since then I dedicated my life to research and gathering information on the benefits of greens. Based on the newest research, I have written two new books that are soon to be released:
1 – The Green Smoothie Prescription: A Complete Guide to Total Health (Hardcover) Release date: October 7, 2014
2 – Green Smoothie Retreat: A 7-Day Plan to Detox and Revitalize at Home (Paperback) – Release date: November 4, 2014
Today I would like to describe The Green Smoothie Prescription.
For this book, I looked through the particular remedial properties of different fruits, vegetables and greens and created a compilation of 150 recipes that may help with different conditions. The medicinal properties of plants are very mild and don’t create any side effects. Of course, drinking green smoothies cannot substitute for your doctor’s visits, but these blends might become a great aid in your healing process. These recipes are made of the ingredients that are sold in supermarkets, health stores, and farmers markets and therefore will be easy to find. Some of the recipes include wild edible plants, which you could learn to pick in the wilderness.
The fact that these recipes have a specific condition tied with their names doesn’t mean that you have to only consume the ones that strictly relate to you. Anyone can consume any of these mixes and benefit greatly from them. For example, cherries contain high levels of melatonin, which helps regulate sleep-and-wake cycles. Everybody would benefit from consuming cherries, particularly a person with sleep a disorder. Another example is young coconut. A recent study has demonstrated that a diet rich in coconut oil protects against ‘insulin resistance’ in muscle and fat, therefore helping to reverse type 2 diabetes. I have added coconut to the smoothies for diabetes, but of course, anyone would become healthier by drinking such a smoothie.
You may find more details and pre-order this book at the following sites:
Barnes & Noble
As an example, here are two recipes from this book.
2 cups Swiss chard, stems removed
1⁄2 cup kelp (dried seaweed)
2 cups pineapple chunks
1 large star fruit
1 mango, pit and skin removed
3 cups water
Preventing Varicose Veins
3 cups spinach
© Copyright by Victoria Boutenko, 2014
3 cups fresh or frozen cherries, pits removed
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
3 cups water
2 “Study Shows 70 percent of Americans Take Prescription Drugs,” CBS News, June 20, 2013.