These days Green Smoothies are all the rage and are promoted as one of the best things you can do for your health because they are made of 40% leafy greens, 60% fruit and often times extra nutritious additions such as hemp protein, chia or flax seeds, coconut oil, raw cacao powder and/or spirulina. And if you have a winter garden you can just go outside and pluck your fresh greens.
This power packed drink, chock full of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fiber promises to be a healthy addition to your diet…or does it? According to both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, drinking a green smoothie may have just the opposite effect on your body when consumed regularly over a long period of time.
Detrimental Factors of Green Smoothies
Coldness ~ According to Chinese medicine, cold beverages, especially the first thing in the morning can destroy kidney yin, thus depleting our core vitality. Ayruvedic medicine teaches us that regular intake this type of food may aggravate our Vata causing a cold, rough, and dryness in body constitution, promoting symptoms such as variable energy, poor circulation, endocrine disorders, anxiety, or pain in our joints.
Depletes Ojas ~ According to Ayruvedic medicine aggravated Vata is also associated with the breaking down of all bodily tissues. Initially, the releasing of enormous energy makes us feel energetic, however over time our bones, marrow, nerve and reproductive systems can become depleted, effecting our immune systems and helping us become susceptible to auto-immune disease, chronic fatigue and other health issues.
Difficult to Digest ~ The large quantity of ingredients in a green smoothie makes it heavy and hard to digest, especially if you add super foods such as chia/flax seeds, hemp protein or coconut oil.
High in Oxalates ~ Greens are high oxalate foods and over time may help serious health issues to develop such as kidney stones.
The important thing to remember is that moderation is the key! Although green smoothies may initially be a great addition to your diet, actually reversing some health problems, you need to listen carefully to your body and know when it’s time to slow down consumption or stop drinking them entirely.