Let's be honest; can you say that you get enough fruits and veggies on a daily basis?
If you can't answer in the affirmative, it's not surprising. Current recommendations stand at 5-7 servings daily, which is a far cry from what most people get.
So how can you fix this? The best way, for sure, is to eat more of them. But most people won't do that, or just can't for a variety of reasons.
What's the next best thing?
Using a high-quality superfood powder. These powders provide you with a super dense source of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, in addition to some degree of valuable fiber.
Wondering what they can do for you? We're glad you asked.
In this blog post, we'll discuss just how beneficial these powders can be for you and much more.
What Are Superfood Powders Anyway?
As was previously alluded to, and to put it bluntly, they are simply a trove of greens, fruits, and other highly beneficial plant-based ingredients that are ground up, and made into a water-soluble and tasty powder.
Oh, and don't worry about nutrient loss; in Field Of Greens, the ingredients are dehydrated, freeze-dried, and then pulverized to retain the maximum nutritional density possible.
What Do Super Greens Do For You?
Because of the large number of products that exist on the market, their exact benefits may vary. However, a powder that's worth its weight will still be unquestionably good for you. These are some of the benefits you can expect to reap.
Strengthened Immune System
Ensuring that your immune system is in tip-top shape is extremely important in the world we now live in, to protect you from potentially life-threatening infections.
A good greens powder can help to give your immune system the nutrients it needs to function properly.
In addition, it can also make the immune system able to more quickly and efficiently detect and fight off foreign invaders, such as viruses.
Superfood powders are also excellent for reducing inflammation throughout the body. This is important because chronic inflammation has been linked to a number of serious health conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.
The antioxidants present in these powders are particularly adept at reducing inflammation associated with oxidation- a common precursor to many diseases, including cancer.
If you suffer from digestive issues, such as constipation, diarrhea, or bloating, a greens powder can help to improve your digestion.
This is due to the fact that they are a rich source of fiber, which is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system.
In addition, the probiotics present in some greens powders can also help to promote a healthy gut by restoring the balance of good bacteria.
The presence of fibers such as inulin is excellent at nourishing these probiotic colonies and promoting their growth.
The importance of probiotic bacteria for your gut and overall health cannot be overstated.
Greens powders can also help to detoxify the body by whisking away toxins and other harmful substances.
This is due to the fact that they are a rich source of chlorophyll, which has been shown to bind to heavy metals and other toxins and remove them from the body.
Plus, some greens such as cruciferous veggies can break down hormones such as estrogen into their less potent forms and subsequently promote their removal from the body. This is a huge benefit considering the amount of harmful artificial xenoestrogens we are exposed to on a daily basis.
Correcting Blood pH
The pH of the blood is usually tightly controlled at about 7.4, which is neutral to slightly alkaline, but in recent times, dietary habits have caused the average person's blood pH to become more acidic.
This shift towards acidity is thought to be one of the main reasons behind the current epidemics of chronic diseases such as cancer.
Greens powders can help to correct this imbalance by providing the body with alkalizing minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
Supports Cardiovascular Health
There are so many different aspects of health that tie into your cardiovascular system, and greens powders support them all.
For example, the fiber present in greens can help to lower LDL cholesterol levels, while potassium can help to reduce high blood pressure.
In addition, the antioxidants found in these powders can help to prevent oxidative damage to the arteries, which is a common precursor to heart disease.
Maintaining flexibility in your blood vessels is important for cardiovascular health. When blood vessels are flexible, they're able to dilate and constrict as needed.
This helps to regulate blood pressure and keep blood flowing smoothly. When blood vessels lose their flexibility, they're more likely to become rigid and less able to dilate properly. This can lead to high blood pressure and other problems.
If you're looking for a natural way to boost your energy levels and metabolism, look no further than greens powders.
The nutrients present in these powders can help to increase mitochondrial function, which is responsible for producing energy in the cells.
In addition, the presence of vitamins B and C can also help to increase energy levels by supporting the adrenal glands.
These glands are responsible for producing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which are essential for providing the body with a short burst of energy.
And what's most interesting is the fact that these powders are very low in calories, helping to demonize the notion that you need to eat a lot of food to maintain high energy levels.
Better Skin And Hair
The hair and skin, like other organs, are subject to oxidative damage that can cause them to age prematurely.
Fortunately, the antioxidants present in greens powders can help to protect these tissues from this damage (or at least mitigate the effect), keeping them looking young and healthy.
Greens powders can also help to improve skin complexion by providing the body with a range of vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy skin.
There is even anecdotal potential that wheatgrass contained in our product can even help with the management of conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
Some people just refuse to eat their veggies. However childish this might seem, it is a very real thing. Luckily, superfood powders can help you get past the lack of palatability that many veggies have.
This is because most greens powders contain a variety of fruits and vegetables, which makes them much more palatable than eating just one veggie on its own.
In addition, many greens powders also contain flavors such as Lemon or Berry, which can further improve their taste.
Getting your servings in like this is certainly better than not consuming any at all, so if you're struggling to eat your veggies, this is a justifiable solution.
Supports Healthy Metabolism
A healthy metabolism is the key to maintaining a healthy weight, and greens powders can help to support this process.
The nutrients present in these powders can help to increase thermogenesis, which is the production of heat in the body.
This increased production of heat can help to boost the metabolism, leading to a more efficient burning of calories and fat.
In addition, the presence of fiber in greens powders can also help to promote satiety or a feeling of fullness. This can help to reduce calorie intake and promote weight loss.
What Should You Look For When Choosing A Product?
We're not looking for a random assortment of fruits and veggies just strewn into a product without any reason or justification.
In fact, quite a bit of thought and science goes into formulating an effective greens powder.
Here are a few things you should look for when choosing a product.
These aren't technically just greens alone, but also include green fruits, wheatgrass, and chlorella. These ingredients are rich in flavonoids, phenolic acids as well as vitamins and minerals. The phytonutrients are also a primary contributor to the risk reduction in several diseases/ conditions associated with greens consumption.
Typically, the greens include:
- Organic Spinach
- Organic Parsley
- Organic Kale
- Organic Barley Grass
- Organic Wheat Grass
- Organic Spirulina
- Organic Chlorella
- Organic Green Pepper
- Organic Green Apple
- Organic Green Banana
- Organic Sweet Potato
- Organic Broccoli
Rich in dietary nitrates, anthocyanins, carotenoids and other flavonoids, the reds are extremely useful in boosting cardiovascular health, blood pressure reduction, joint health as well as being powerful antioxidants.
Good reds to look for include:
- Organic Strawberry
- Organic Raspberry
- Organic Blueberry
- Organic Tart Cherry
- Organic Pomegranate
- Organic Cranberry
- Organic Beet
A Metabolic blend is useful as it can optimize the processing of food you eat, enabling greater absorption of nutrients.
This is especially useful if you have trouble digesting food or if you want to make sure you're getting the most out of the product.
A good metabolic blend will typically contain:
- Organic Ginger
- Organic Licorice
- Organic Turmeric
- Organic Green Tea
Pro/ Prebiotic Blend
These help to encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut, which is important for overall gut health. They also help with nutrient absorption.
A good pro/ prebiotic blend will typically contain:
- Organic Inulin
- Bacillus Coagulans
How Should You Take A Supergreens Supplement?
You should follow the directions on the bottle, but typically you'll want to mix it with water or juice.
You can also add it to a smoothie if you want to get creative.
How Much Should You Take?
This will vary depending on the product, but most products recommend 1-2 servings per day.
Be sure to check the label to see how much powder you should be taking.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Greens powders are generally considered safe, but as with anything, there can be potential side effects.
The most common side effect is bloating or gas, which is usually caused by the fiber content. If this is an issue for you, start with a smaller dose and increase gradually as your body adjusts.
Other potential side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches- all temporary and generally very mild.
With so many benefits, there's scarcely a reason to NOT be taking a greens powder.
Whether you're looking to improve your overall health, boost your metabolism or lose weight, a greens powder can help you achieve your goals.
Just be sure to choose a quality product with organic ingredients and a good blend of nutrients. And keep in mind- these powders are not meant to be better than eating solid food; there really is nothing like getting your nutrients from whole, unprocessed foods.