Let’s face it, sometimes it is hard to get excited about adding more greens to your diet. Yet, if you know the wellness boosting benefits that many of our green veggie friends provide, you might just find them a little easier to swallow.
One such wellness boosting green power food is the leafy vegetable chard. It’s often brightly colored stalk makes this little stand out in a crowd and hopefully after you learn the importance of adding it to your diet, chard will find its way onto the tip of your fork.
So here is the nutritional breakdown: (per one cup serving)
Chard is high in wellness promoting antioxidants, which are important in the maintenance of healthy cells and avoiding the negative cell-killing effects of environmental toxins. It contains a particular type of antioxidant called Betalains, which has natural detoxification properties. Chard is also high in vitamins B, K, and C. In fact, 3 cups of chard contains 100% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin K, and just 1 cup gives you twice the amount of vitamin A needed daily. In addition to the vitamin A, it contains lutein, which is great for eye health and helps to battle against macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in those over 65).
Other wellness boosting minerals found in chard include magnesium and iron. It is also contains a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which is a must for cellular health and function. So next time you’re at the market, scan the produce section and stock up on chard! Add it to salads, stir fry, smoothies or toss a cup into your next juice mix. You’ll reap the health benefits and add yet another constructive step towards living a Wellness Based Lifestyle.
As always, in health and love,
Prebiotics are a certain group of food fiber that promotes that growth of healthy intestinal bacteria. Similar to probiotics in their benefit, they differ in what they actually are. Probiotics actually work to introduce healthy bacteria into the digestive system, whereas Prebiotics act as a fertilizer for the healthy bacteria that is already present in the stomach and intestines.
In Wellness and Love,
There aren’t but a handful of nutritional supplements that I recommend to everyone, and a quality probiotic supplement makes the short list. Probiotics contain active cultures of healthy bacteria that help to repopulate the intestinal flora in our digestive system. Many of the toxins, poor choices in foods, and overuse of antibiotics have destroyed the healthy bacteria in our digestive system. Because of the high amount of healthy bacteria needed for the first line of immune system defense are found in the gut mucosa, it is vitally important that we make certain to have the needed bacteria present.
In Wellness and Love,
Dr. Christopher Weaver DC, PAK is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Professional Applied Kinesiologist. He's published two books on health and Wellness.