We can bet you’ve probably already gone green. You’re a bit of a health nut and a friend to the environment. So you probably already know that chlorophyll is the juicy green pigment found in plants. Though it certainly makes things beautiful, it’s not just a pretty face. It is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E and K, and it can also help to flush cancer-causing chemicals and heavy metals from the body. What a rockstar!
But we’ve got even better news for you: chlorophyll is seriously supportive for digestion. In the same camp as probiotics and black tea, chlorophyll’s benefits have everything to do with the microbiome and its effect on it. When chlorophyll is ingested, it increases the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract, aiding digestion. It also happens to be antimicrobial, so it helps get rid of the harmful bacteria whilst it maintains the healthy ones.
If you don’t have a strong microbiome, you will be less able to absorb nutrients properly. This means that even with a supremely healthy diet, you would not get the best benefits of the vitamins, minerals and other beneficial compounds without a healthy microbiome. Additionally, its natural detoxifying properties aid your organs in the detoxifying process, particularly in the liver, allowing you to function at your best.
Though you could head out to the garden and nibble on the nearest plant you find, there are plenty of tasty whole-food sources of chlorophyll. Spinach, parsley, green beans and arugula are just a few of the delicious options. And if you want to get a good dose in one go, grab The Mother of All Juices and a Wheatgrass shot and wait for the benefits to start rolling in.
As some of the chlorophyll is lost when we cook veggies, consuming them in their fresh, raw state is the best way to go. To ensure you are getting enough, it doesn’t hurt to add some chlorophyll gel cap supplements or liquid chlorophyll (which you can pick up over at Unlimited Health) to your routine. Both the gel caps and the liquid chlorophyll help with detoxification, but the gel caps are more effective for creating a healthy micriobiome.
Once you’ve got your gel cap stash, make sure you take them with a healthy snack or meal like the Mango Green Protein, as it is best absorbed in the presence of fat. You’ll get bonus points for doubling up on the chlorophyll from the kale and spirulina in the smoothie!
So now you know what it does, but when should you take it? If you’re recovering from an illness, if you haven’t been eating as well as you should, if you need to detox after a few indulgent weeks. Basically, any time is the perfect time for this jade-hued nutrient.