WHAT IS DETOXING, HEALING, SLIMMING AND A CANCER-PREVENTING SUBSTANCE?
It is the green stuff found in green plants, it is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and multiple therapeutic properties which enhances your body (and your largest organ your skin).
The top benefits are:
🌱beautiful skin and skin healing
🌱increases cellular energy
🌱anti-inflammatory and fights off oxidative stress
🌱enhances overall well-being
🌱oxygenates your body
🌱helps boost energy levels
🌱super potent antioxidant
🌱boosts your immune system
🌱detoxes your system
🌱protects your liver, and improves liver detoxification
🌱blood building properties
🌱wards of chronic disease
🌱wards off cancer
Besides eating a huge amount of dark green veggies which helps your blood transport oxygen to the cells, you can enhance your chlorophyll intake by drinking chlorophyll and or mixing a greens powder into your smoothie every morning.
Greens powders contain added ingredients beyond powdered vegetables. They contain health improving ingredients such as spirulina, chlorella, barley grass and wheatgrass.
Spirulina and Chlorella are microscopic green algae and are high in B12 and plant proteins. They are the best protein for anti- ageing because it stimulates collagen growth and builds muscle mass.
The best veggies for chlorophyll are kale, silver beet, spinach, broccoli and broccolini – the darker the leaf, the higher its chlorophyll content.
Lighter coloured veggies such as cucumber, beans, snow peas, celery and cabbage also contain chlorophyll, but in lower quantities.
Chlorophyll has been used since the early 1900s to treat skin wounds, body odour, digestive problems and other health concerns with practically no side effects at all (only a very busy day in the toilet when first consuming this because it is so detoxifying!)
So why is Chlorophyll so important for humans?
Turns out, chlorophyll blocks carcinogenic effects within the body and protects DNA from damage caused by toxic moulds like aflatoxin, and other carcinogenic substances.
On a molecular level, the structure of chlorophyll is very similar to heme, which is a part of haemoglobin present in human blood.
Heme which is what makes blood appear bright red once exposed to oxygen and is bound to proteins forming haemoglobin.
Haemoglobin carries oxygen to the lungs and other respiratory surfaces to be released into tissues throughout the body.
Chlorophyll benefits the immune system because it’s able to form tight molecular bonds with certain chemicals that contribute to oxidative damage and diseases like cancer or liver disease. These are called procarcinogen substances, and some of the types that chlorophyll can help block include:
- polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons found in tobacco smoke,
- heterocyclic amine toxins found in meat cooked at high temperatures
- food-born toxins, including aflatoxin-B1, a type of dietary mould found in many grains and legumes, such as corn, peanuts and soybeans
- UV light that can cause skin damage in excess
- All forms of pollution found in city and suburban living
Chlorophyll aids in liver detoxification by protecting healthy cells and tissues by increasing phase II biotransformation enzymes. These enzymes promote optimal liver health and therefore the body’s natural elimination of potentially harmful toxins.
Chlorophyll slows down the rate at which harmful bacteria reproduce, making it beneficial for wound healing and preventing infections.
Since around the 1940s, chlorophyllin (the man-made version of chlorophyll used in chlorophyll supplements) has been added to certain ointments used to heal persistent open wounds in humans, such as vascular ulcers and pressure ulcers.
Chlorophyll lowers inflammation caused by injuries or wounds, promotes healing, and even controls odours caused by bacteria accumulation.
Regular consumption of large quantities of chlorophyll dramatically improves your skin. Skin gains a luminescence and glows as the body internally is clean and detoxified.
Another way that chlorophyll improves detoxification is by speeding up waste elimination, balancing fluid levels and therefore reducing constipation.
It also assists the gut to increase healthy levels of natural flora boosting the immune system. Preliminary research shows chlorophyll benefits the metabolism and increases the likelihood of success with weight-loss efforts.
Chlorophyll also assists with digestive health. Meals high in greens assist the body in assimilating animal protein as well as assisting the body to digest proteins. When our digestion functions efficiently, excess fats and unused food passes through effectively.
My husband and I personally find that the days we drink our green smoothies, (known lovingly by my husband as “green sludge”) we are fuller for longer, make better food choices and if we faithfully do this constantly, we lose weight dramatically. Trick is – the green smoothies must be continued daily for best results.
Chlorophyll creates an alkaline state in the body. When the body is alkaline, no bacteria or virus can flourish in it, meaning you stay in good health. With the increased knowledge that gut health affects our immune systems and our mental health, chlorophyll is becoming as much a part of improving our gut health as probiotics, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi.
Chlorophyll is good for your body from the inside out, literally. This includes body and faecal odours. Body odour can result from systemic deficiencies within the body.
Stress and yeast conditions such as candida can produce a beer-like smell as the yeast can turn into sugar then into alcohol quickly in the body.
Lack of water to flush out toxins, will cause the body to smell, but add sugary foods, too much alcohol, and processed foods, and the body becomes toxic – so starts to smell.
Regular drinkers of liquid chlorophyll or chlorophyllin never need to use deodorant because their bodies don’t smell even when they sweat!
I haven’t worn a deodorant for quite a few years now because of chlorophyllin and chlorophyll (and I always ask those who are honest with me if I smell when it is hot – but I also drink a minimum of 2 litres of water as well daily).
To up your chlorophyll intake, drink either 10 – 20 MLS per day of liquid chlorophyll in 2 – 3 litres of water or make yourself a green smoothie containing lots of dark green organic vegetables, spirulina, or chlorella – the two algae will give it an extra boost of omegas and collagen boosting protein as well.
Adding fresh or dried barley or wheatgrass is a great way to give it an extra green boost.
To give yourself a serious “green” fix every morning – mix your green veggies with any ‘Supergreens’ powder (just check to make sure it doesn’t contain sugars or sweeteners except for stevia), available from health food stores and pharmacies.
I like iHerb for their chlorophyll liquids – they have a massive range to choose from and their prices are reasonable.
Or if you would like to do an intensive detox to assist your new healthy eating plan, or glowing skin program – taking 10 MLS of chlorophyll in purified water (not tap water) every morning on an empty stomach will help you on your way – add a chunk of lemon to it for an added boost.
After 2 days, you can up this to 20 MLS – 10 in the morning and then again 10 MLS at night. Ensure you drink at least 2 litres of filtered water or more daily whilst doing this – or you will feel quite nauseous as it is a highly effective way to detoxify your system!
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