Health experts recommend that we eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Nine servings! That’s about 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables – an amount that seems slightly out of reach for some. Many people try juicing to get more fruits and veggies into their diet, but when juice is extracted you leave behind the fiber. Green smoothies help you increase your fruit and vegetable consumption – while offering many health benefits. They’re made using the entire fruit and vegetable so you keep all of the fiber in your drink, unlike juicing. So, drink your greens every day and get the following 5 benefits of green smoothies:
1. Visit the Bathroom Regularly
So, why do we care about fiber? The Journal of the American Medical Association says we need to eat between 20 and 35 grams of fiber per day – but most of us are only getting about 12 grams per day, meaning we’re all just walking around feeling sluggish and constipated. Insufficient fiber also increases your risk for colon cancer and other health issues, so it’s really important you’re getting enough fiber. Fiber doesn’t break down like other foods when we eat it – so it travels right on through your digestive tract, creating bulk and moving harmful carcinogens down and out of your body – preventing colon cancer, reducing risks for heart disease, lowering cholesterol, glucose levels, and decreasing inflammation. Fiber can also help you lose weight since you feel fuller and naturally eat less.
2. Feel Energized
Green smoothies are a natural source of long lasting energy. When you eat fruit by itself, you get a short burst of energy that quickly drops off and leaves you feeling tired. That’s because fruits contain a lot of sugar and your body metabolizes it quickly. When you make green smoothies loaded with mostly veggies and just enough fruit to sweeten the drink – you get a balanced meal with less sugar and long lasting energy.