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When You Drink Green Smoothies Every Morning, These 8 Incredible Things Will Happen

When You Drink Green Smoothies Every Morning, These 8 Incredible Things Will Happen

Many experts believe that a healthy lifestyle starts with a good breakfast. In fact, research shows that there are significant benefits for those who “rise and dine,” such as:

  • A diet that is more nutritionally complete and higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
  • Improved concentration and mental performance
  • More physical strength and endurance
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Provides a metabolic boost that assists with weight management

Yet with all of this research and overwhelming evidence showing the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, only one third of adults who would like to eat breakfast, actually do eat it. We all know the culprit behind skipping breakfast–lack of time.

There is a solution. One that is quick and simple to prepare, budget friendly and most important -healthy!

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Green Smoothies

Green smoothies are similar to traditional fruit smoothies, but contain more green veggies and can include spinach, lettuce, kale, collard greens, parsley, dandelion greens, watercress — any leafy green veggies your palate desires. Bananas, apples, pears, avocado, and mango are great companions for these types of smoothies and work well to enhance the overall flavor and texture.

8 Benefits of starting your day with a green smoothie

1. Chlorophyll Rich

Green smoothies are rich with chlorophyll which some natural health experts say enhances the immune system, purifies the blood and rejuvenates the body. It is one of the many reasons why these delicious drinks are touted by experts as being an excellent source of energy for the human body.

2. Helps to improve mental clarity and focus

Leafy green vegetables are full of antioxidants and carotenoids, which boost your brainpower, and help protect your brain. They are also also full of B-vitamins, which are proven to help your memory, focus, and overall brain health and function. They are also rich in folic acid, which improves  mental clarity.

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3. Assists with digestion and overall metabolic function

Unlike fruit juices, green smoothies use the whole fruits and vegetables so that you get all of the fiber and nutrition. Fiber is essential for good colon health and it keeps your bowels in working order. These smoothies naturally combat constipation and help promote regularity.

Blending fruits and vegetables together breaks down the cells of plants which improves digestibility. The blending action unlocks the nutrients and maximizes their delivery to your body better than chewing a salad could. Smoothies are an efficient and more convenient way to take advantage of all of the health benefits, when compared to preparing and eating a salad – especially on the go.

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4Increases consumption of fruits and vegetables

The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to prevent cancer and other diseases. Green smoothies are a quick and convenient way to get your vegetables and dark, leafy greens without tasting them. The fruit masks the flavor, so even though all you taste is fruit, you are still consuming a healthy dose of spinach, kale, carrots, and any other vegetable you add.

5. Improves mood and helps fight depression

Green veggies contain lots of folic acid which is a natural antidepressant. The folate contained in greens helps fight memory loss and increases serotonin levels which results in improved moods.

6. Promotes natural weight loss

Green smoothies are packed with the nutrition and are very low in calories. They contain the vitamins, minerals, healthy carbohydrates, fiber and low fat whole food that you need to lose weight quickly, safely and effectively without starving yourself. They are also low in sugars found naturally in fruit and fruit juices making them a healthier option than traditional fruit smoothies and natural juices.

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7. Clearer skin

Clearer, radiant skin is an often-reported benefit to eating healthier. Smoothies are high in fiber and allow your body to eliminate toxins the right way instead of through your skin. The vitamin E found in green leafy vegetables works with vitamin C to keep skin healthy as you age.

8. Hydration

Drinking green smoothies is not only a great way to trick yourself into eating your vegetables, it is also an excellent way to ensure you get the water your body needs. One of the main reasons many people do not drink the recommended six to eight glasses of water daily is they simply don’t like the taste of plain water. If that describes you, add more water to the mix as you prepare your smoothie. You’ll be drinking more liquids without even noticing it.

Green smoothies are a great breakfast alternative. You will receive all of the benefits of eating breakfast while simultaneously reaping the benefits of eating your veggies.

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Last Updated on October 23, 2018

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

The Neural Knitwork Project

In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

The knitting and neural connection

The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

More mental health benefits from knitting

Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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“You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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“People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

The dopamine effect on our happiness

Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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