Day 8: Greens, Chlorophyll, and Health
Greens, Nutrient Density Chart, Chlorophyll, Iron, Chlorophyll and Hemoglobin, Unrefined Plant Foods vs. the Killer Diseases
“Until man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.” – Thomas A. Edison
“If you’re green on the inside, you’re clean on the inside.” – Dr. Bernard Jensen
Welcome to Day 8!
How are you doing being green today? Today we investigate an important constituent in your juices–Greens (such as spinach, kale, chard, parsley, romaine, etc.). It is no problem to juice 2 pounds of greens in a day on or off a Juice Feast, which will provide your body with chlorophyll, magnesium, and iron–the subjects of the day.
Plant Chlorophyll and Human Blood Hemoglobin
The chlorophyll-hemoglobin graphic that is attached is important. Plant blood is very similar to human blood hemoglobin, with one notable exception – the element magnesium is at the center of the chlorophyll molecule, and the element iron is at the center of our blood hemoglobin.
Why is magnesium important for our health?
Magnesium is 17 times more prevalent in our heart muscle than in any other tissue in our body. One of our best sources of magnesium is chlorophyll, what famous research scientist E. Bircher called “concentrated sun power” and said, “chlorophyll increases the functions of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus, and the lungs. It raises the basic nitrogen exchange and is therefore a tonic which considering its stimulating properties cannot be compared with any other.”
In Steve Meyerowitz’s stellar book, Wheatgrass: Nature’s Finest Medicine, he makes clear the importance of the healing power of chlorophyll:
Unrefined Plant Food vs Killer Diseases
We have a very high rate of heart disease in the U.S. (see Day 43 – Heart Disease and Hypertension), and we eat very little plant matter. Is there a connection between our processed diet and high rates of heart disease and cancer? You bet.
Check out the next graphic, “Unrefined Plant Food – Killer Diseases” from Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.’s book, Eat to Live, the most medically referenced book on diet and nutrition ever written. This particular graphic is one of the most important that I will provide you throughout JuiceFeasting.com.
For many of my students, and the health professionals that I have debated on the importance of a Whole Foods, largely Plant-Based Diet, this graphic has been a watershed moment.
The term “nutrient density” has several meanings.
First: nutrient density is defined as a ratio of nutrient content (in grams) to the total energy content (in kilocalories or joules). Nutrient-dense food is opposite to energy-dense food (also called “empty calorie” food). According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, nutrient-dense foods are those foods that provide substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals and relatively few calories. For example, fruit and vegetables are considered nutrient-dense food, while products containing added sugars, saturated fats, and alcohol are considered nutrient-poor food.
Second: nutrient density is defined as a ratio of food energy from carbohydrate, protein or fat to the total food energy. To calculate nutrient density (in percent), divide the number of calories or joules from one particular nutrient by the total number of calories or joules in the given food and then multiply this by 100.
Third: nutrient density is understood as the ratio of the nutrient composition of a given food to the nutrient requirements of the human body. Therefore, a nutrient-dense food is the food that delivers a complete nutritional package.
One of the major reasons for eating greens is that they are the most Nutrient Dense Foods available to us. David Wolfe, in his landmark book The Sunfood Diet Success System, notes:
Green-leafed vegetables are overall the best source of iron; parsley and spinach are particularly high in iron. Greens heal anemia. (Other sources of iron include red-colored fruits, such as watermelon, berries, pomegranate, and red-flesh figs).
Green-leafed vegetables often do not taste as wonderful as fruits. But eating them nonetheless breaks associations of pleasure with eating, therefore decreasing the possibility of overeating. Green-leafed vegetables diminish the enjoyment in eating and act as a natural stop for us in the eating cycle.
Where does the cow get its calcium for its milk? From green grass, of course. Now we are not grass eaters, but this analogy is instructive because it demonstrates that all the minerals a cow is constructed from are present in grass – in simple green grass!
Green-leafed vegetables are always the best source of heavy minerals: calcium, magnesium, etc. The alkaline minerals in greens balance the acid-forming minerals (sulfur, chlorine, and phosphorus) found in avocados, nuts, seeds, onions, garlic, etc.
Green-leafy vegetation is also an excellent detoxifier of the liver, especially wild green vegetation. Deep green and wild green vegetation binds with heavy metals and chemicals from recreational drugs and allows the body to wash them out as salts through the urine.
What you will notice above are all the items highlighted in blue that we are accessing on a Juice Feast. By using 12-15 lbs of these nutrient dense foods each day, taking alkalizing and rebuilding all the way.
To your health!
Juice of the Day: Green Roxie
Here is a juice named after Roxanne Klein, who brought luxe to raw!
If you want, you can re-name your green juice after yourself, you Juice Feasting Super Hero! Mine would be called Green Katrina Spirulina. Now that would be a good juice! With wild dandelion leaves and ginger this juice is a real powerhouse!
+ Dino Kale
+ Dandelion Leaves with stems intact
+ Celery Stalks
+ Fuji or Gala Apples, skin on
+ Fresh Ginger
How to Increase Iron in Your Diet by Cindy Jones-Shoeman
Got Bad Breath? Try Chlorophyll for Halitosis by Mike Adams
Forget about breath mints. You can never take enough to cover halitosis if your breath really smells bad. The only real way to get rid of bad breath is to solve the problem internally. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to do that: Chlorophyll. It’s Mother Nature’s amazing green cleaning machine, and the more you take, the cleaner you get.
Chlorophyll in Wheatgrass Proven to Fight Cancer by Sheryl Walters
Wheatgrass is an amazingly nutrient dense food. Dr. Earp-Thomas once said that, “15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery and so forth.” Wheatgrass contains no less than thirteen vitamins and all 20 essential amino acids. It also contains chlorophyll which has some proven health and anti-cancer properties.
Media, Films, & Documentaries
Greens Can Save Your Life With Victoria Boutenko
In this inspirational lecture, Victoria addresses some of the most intriguing questions regarding health. Is anything missing in the raw food diet? How do chimpanzees eat in the wild? What is green smoothie and what are its benefits? Why is it hard to love greens? What is the nutritional value of greens? Fiber – the magic sponge. What is the significance of stomach acid? How can greens make the body more alkaline? Why is healthy soil more valuable than gold? (Available on DVD: Greens Can Save Your Life with Victoria Boutenko).
Presentation: The Miracle Of Greens: How Greens And Wild Edibles Can Save Your Life With Sergei Boutenko
The Miracle of Greens: How Greens and Wild Edibles can save your life; brings Sergei Boutenko’s world-renowned lecture to the convenience of your home. In this DVD, Boutenko builds on the concepts of Green For Life (a book by Victoria Boutenko) outlining why it is so important to incorporate more green leafy veggies into your diet. Furthermore, Boutenko instructs how easy it is to develop a healthy routine that will benefit your body, mind, and longevity!
Sergei introduces the importance of eating more wild edibles foods. He then takes the viewer on a virtual wild edible walk in which he demonstrates how easy it is to stay safe while harvesting nature’s FREE superfood. Running time: 70 min. (Available on DVD: The Miracle of Greens: How Greens and Wild Edibles Can Save Your Life with Sergei Boutenko).