Why Green Veggies Could Be Harmful To Your Health

Why Green Veggies Could Be Harmful To Your Health

 

Why?

Everyone is talking about kale and why we MUST eat it and blah, blah, blah. Well, the fact of the matter is kale is not the only amazing vegetable in the world. Kale is amazing and it’s a powerhouse of a veggie, however, listen to your body. If you loved it at one time and your body is saying or your brain and taste buds are saying, “I’ll skip it this time”, listen to it!  You might even be one that is passionate about not liking kale. Great! List to your body.

Don’t force yourself to eat kale. There are plenty of veggies out there, especially in the leafy green family. If kale is your BFF then adding some of the veggies I mention below are a great add to get some rotation to your lifestyle as to not lose interest.

Why You Should Rotate Your Veggies

EACH GREENS NUTRITION IS DIFFERENT

Each veggie has a purpose. They each supply a different combination of nutrients that support different functions in the body. If we only grab the same two bunches of kale each day for our smoothie or side dish, we are like that guy at the gym that has ripped arms but has skinny legs.

Certain greens have a unique blend of phytonutrients that your body is missing out on if we limit our diversity of green leafy veggies.

Our bodies are designed to heal themselves completely, 100% of the time. If a system is deficient in a nutrient the body will not operate optimally. Pumping mass quantities of same nutrients in all the time only targets a few systems of the body and the others become deficient. Allow your body to perform at its peak and live well by providing nutritional diversity.

TO AVOID NUTRIENT OVERDOSE

 Yes! You can overdose your body on nutrients. This is perhaps the biggest reason you should rotate your veggies. Too much of anything is not good for the body. Much like too much water in a short period of time can cause death (6 liters in 3 hours), too many of a single set of nutrients will do the same. [1]

Leafy greens contain small doses of toxins that the plant uses as a defense mechanism against predation (against animals and insects). For example, kale contains goitrogens and other brassicas (or cruciferous and mustard green families), can interfere with thyroid hormone function (hypothyroidism) in certain individuals. If you are susceptible to kidney stone formation then the oxalic acid in spinach could be a problem for you.

This is especially true if you have an existing medical condition. Many do not experience symptoms at low doses (1 bunch per day). However, we humans think that we can catapult to the finish line and beat a medical condition just by gorging on a specific superfood substance. Don’t do this. It could be disastrous and cause permanent damage.

Our body has a complete inflammatory system that is used to protect the body. When we do too much of something or injure ourselves, this is when it kicks in. This is also what kicks in when we overdo it with these vegetables. Our glands, organs, nerves, etc will enlarge based on the trigger of the inflammatory system to protect it. If you are taking a medication that is intended to prevent a symptom of a certain function of the body this is particularly for you but not completely.

How much is too much? Research shows that three or more handfuls per day are too much of a single veggie. If you must eat the same one each day keep it to 1 bunch to be safe. Each person is different so this could be too much for some people still. Using the GAPS diet is a good way to test your bodies resistance.

food-intolerance

FOOD INTOLERANCE’S

Many Americans and in growing numbers around the world experience food intolerance in one shape or another. According to a 2013 study by the CDC, 90+ percent of Americans are affected by this. From 1997 to 2011 food intolerance grew 50%. It’s not a coincidence that in 1998 Monsanto’s glyphosate-resistant wheat seeds, A.K.A. GMO wheat, began cropping up (pun intended) in different countries including the U.S. [2]

People tend to find relief, if not full recovery from a food intolerance, just by rotating veggies. Some go as far as rotating not just veggies but just about everything from leafy greens to eggs to spices. The truth is that veggies aren’t the only food you should rotate. There’s a reason your body doesn’t feel like certain foods on certain days. Listen to your body!

Conclusion

This article is meant to be a notice and reminder. However, I want you to know that eating should be and is fun! (See Recipes) Juicing is the most common form of consuming veggies in mass quantity but that doesn’t mean it’s bad for you. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. Juicing is what I consider to be the best form of getting nutrients and vitamins pumped into your body quickly for absorption. Just remember the facts above and juice safely!

For more resources on juicing I recommend my juices and the following sources.

References:

  1. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_wheat
  3. http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/green-smoothies/why-and-how-you-should-rotate-your-leafy-greens/
  4. http://realfoodswitch.com/fruits-vegetables-nuts-and-seeds/important-rotate-greens/
  5. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/19/juicing-benefits.aspx
  6. http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/05/juicing-mistakes/