A little of this and a little of that and you are on the road to living a healthy life. Still donâ€™t know what I am talking about? Itâ€™s a fruity and veggies world my friends and everything looks and feels mighty fine when you are on them. A single glass of smoothie can give you the daily recommended intake of fiber, minerals, vitamins and proteins. Sounds healthy? Well, its yummy too! Trust me, I wouldnâ€™t recommend anything that I havenâ€™t tried and loved.
According to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), only 33% of adults get the recommend fruit servings and only 27% get the recommended vegetable servings. In high school students, the statistics are quite worse â€“ 32% eat the recommended fruit servings and only 13% eat the recommended vegetable servings.
By drinking a glass of smoothie per day, you can easily meet your recommended fruits and vegetables intake and more. You can use them as a breakfast, dessert or snack. So, now that you know the most basic benefit of a smoothie, lets focus on the other top five reasons why this drink is a must for your routine:
1. It Helps Prevent Nephrolithiasis (Kidney Stones)
Despite what you have heard about vegetables with oxalic acids, those leafy greens are not that harmful for the body. Itâ€™s all about following the â€˜Golden Rulesâ€™ of smoothies and keep rotating the veggies. After all, you need calcium too to fulfil your dietary requirements.
Oxalates are excreted through the urine and this is where, along with the kidney, most of the problems occur. One of the most popular smoothie-friendly vegetable is Kale, which is low in oxalates. Other vegetables include cauliflower, cabbage, radishes, cucumber and water chestnuts.
2. It Helps Prevent Acid Indigestion
Green smoothies help break down foods with the help of certain digestive enzymes and acids. This creates an alkaline environment in the stomach and allows room for further digestion. This helps you soothe that stabbing pain you feel in your chest every time you eat something heavy and healthy. Try adding water or milk for a more alkaline base.
3. It Helps You Clean Your Digestive Tract
Thereâ€™s no shame in saying this because we all have been here at one point or another and for some, many times. Constipation can make your life hell. The constant stomach ache and the bloaty feeling is really a huge annoyance.
A smoothie gives you a satiated feeling for a long time and helps improve your digestive system. Ingredients such as avocado, Aloe Vera, yoghurt and kefir ease the digestive tract and help on the other end. Add a little cranberry juice to help with any urinary tract infections.
4. It Helps with Weight Loss
You are getting a full meal, improving your digestive tract and preventing acid indigestion, this means that your body is metabolizing any food at a higher speed. This helps you lose weight faster because not only are you getting your recommended vegetable and fruit servings, you are eating far healthier food than your plate of breakfast or snack.
5. It Strengthens the Immune System
Ginger, citrus fruits, leafy greens and berries are some of the smoothie ingredients that help detoxify the body and strengthen the immune system. These ingredients have immune boosting anti-oxidants that protects the body from cold and flu.
These are just some of the health benefits of a green smoothie. The best part about a smoothie is that they are easy to make and you have a lot of room for experiment. So, blend away until you have the perfect drink with the healthiest of the ingredients.