When I think of spinach, I think of powerful, strong superheroes like Wonder Woman & Superman, Cat Woman & Batman. These fictional characters gained strength from somewhere, and maybe just like Popeye the Sailorman, it was from the superfood Spinach. One can only wonder, but in the meantime, let’s embark on a journey why you should consider adding spinach to your healthy living routine.
Spinach is a dark leafy green vegetable that has originated from Asia (central & south) and is a close relative to one of my favorite go to proteins, quinoa. This veggie is jam-packed with ample vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, B, C, E, K, iron, calcium, manganese, and potassium. This powerhouse vegetable is known to be high in water content (91%) and low in calories and carbohydrates.
Consuming a diet composed of spinach more times than not can do wonders for the total body inclusive of the mind's mental role also. Incorporating spinach into the diet has been known to improve one's cognitive skills, making it an excellent veggie staple that one should not ignore.
7 Reasons to Consume Spinach
1) Helps with inflammation
a) Too much inflammation in the body is said to cause disease within the body; therefore, it is in the best interest of those who are not allergic to intake green leafy veggies like spinach to reduce it. Eating high vitamin C & K foods are quite beneficial because of the phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory properties they encompass. Spinach is known for being high in antioxidants and water content, making it an anti-inflammatory powerhouse.
2) Helps with weight-loss
a) Spinach is perfect for helping you obtain that goal of losing weight. It is full of fiber, has only seven calories per serving, and is made up of mostly water, meaning one can intake 5+ servings a day and not gain any weight. Hence eat a serving for breakfast via a smoothie, possibly two servings for lunch and another two for dinner. That is enough energy and fiber to keep one energized, while also keeping the body's system clean, causing the body to lose weight rather quickly with little to no effort.
3) Helps with vision
a) Spinach is an excellent source of carotenoid lutein and zeaxanthin, known to help prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Incorporating spinach into your diet and making sure to wear the proper shades are two ways to help protect your eyes from damaging UV rays.
4) Helps prevent anemia
a) Eating leafy greens such as spinach and consuming a diet high in vitamin C helps absorb the iron needed to avoid being anemic.
5) Helps to lower blood pressure
a) The manganese, folate, and potassium found in spinach helps lower blood pressure over time. By adding eating spinach, one can go from having hypertension to the normal blood pressure range.
6) Helps one look and feel youthful
a) If you want to age gracefully and keep excellent mental health, it is time to make sure spinach is a part of your daily living protocol. Spinach helps keep the mind operating in tip-top shape, allowing it to avoid diseases such as dementia or the likes.
7) Helps relieve constipation
a) Spinach helps the digestive system better absorb foods; the fiber helps release unwanted particles out of the body. Spinach is excellent for regulating bowel movement.
Spinach is a Superfood full of chlorophyll. It is an antioxidant beneficial to being a big part of just about everyone's lifestyle program if you can tolerate it and are not allergic. Spinach is quite versatile; one can consume it via a juice, a smoothie, cooked, raw, you name it. Spinach is full of vitamins and minerals that can make people feel very energetic, think relatively quickly, and look noticeably youthful. Consider making spinach a staple in your home if it is not yet, especially during this upcoming festive season. It goes well with all kinds of dishes, and heck, there is no denying your body will thank you for it.
Spinach, Ginger, Pineapple Banana Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie.
Serving Size (2 - 4)
(1) Bunch (cup) of Organic Spinach
(2.5) Cups of Organic Almond or Coconut Milk
(1) Thumb Nail Size Ginger
(2) Organic Bananas (Small/Medium)
(1/2) Cup of Organic Pineapples
*Substitute the milk for water if you are seeking to avoid calories.