LET'S TALK ABOUT CHLOROPHYLL WATER!
I got hooked on chlorophyll water after reading about it on Tara Sowalty's blog, How You Glow. Since I love wellness and doing everything possible to feel my best (because let's face it, teaching/writing/taking care of a husky/ ETC. isn't always easy!), I thought I'd give it a try. In summary, once you begin drinking chlorophyll water and feeling noticeably healthier, there's just no going back. Pretty much every conversation I had from that point forward somehow segued into my new obsession with chlorophyll water. So much so, that one night after a dinner party, I presented Christian Marshall, our content director, and his wife with chlorophyll water and insisted that they have a glass before going home. Despite initially thinking I was insane for making him drink dark green water when he probably would have preferred another glass of red wine, he got hooked too. So, in honor of the Musikal Husky Team's love of this, I'm sharing a few facts about what chlorophyll is, where we can get chlorophyll, and when to take it. Whether you are a busy teacher or performer, parent, or really just anyone(!), we hope this might help you lead a healthier and happier life!
What is chlorophyll, anyway?
Since I am not a scientist, I'll quote from an article on OrganicFacts.net. Chlorophyll "...is a pigment found in plants, which is packed with a range of powerful nutrients. It is a good source of vitamins such as vitamin A, C, E, K, and beta-carotene. It is rich in antioxidants, vital minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, and essential fatty acids." Fundamentally, "Chlorophyll provides energy from the sun in a concentrated form to our bodies and is one of the most useful nutrients present around us. It enhances the energy levels and amplifies the state of general well-being. "
I recently watched a documentary called "The Truth About Cancer," which featured hundreds of interviews with cardiologists around the world. I was astounded and overjoyed at the mention of chlorophyll as not only a prevention, but even treatment of cancer. Among its dozens of incredible properties, chlorophyll increases red blood cells, prevents cancer, acts as a natural deodorizer, improves digestive health, delays aging, boosts immunity, speeds up healing, strengthens bones, and gives you a BURST of energy as your cells become oxygen RICH!
If it's so great, why haven't you heard of it yet? The folks at OrganicFacts note that, "Although the world of nutrition is yet to admire its true potential, it still continues to be amongst the most critical elements for plants and the biological world for ages."
How to get chlorophyll into your diet
Currently, we're obsessed with chlorophyll water, which is simply water infused with concentrated chlorophyll. In America we like this brand, just follow the instructions on the bottle. The taste is minty and refreshing! Note that you should use a straw to drink as the dark green may cause teeth staining.
While drops are probably the easiest way to get chlorophyll into your system, it is found in almost all vegetables. Options such as arugula, wheat grass, leeks, green beans, and dark green leafy vegetables such as parsley, kale, garden cress, Swiss chards, and spinach provide it naturally to the body. Other sources include sprouts, blue-green algae such as chlorella and spirulina (we LOVE these in morning smoothies).
Infuse chlorophyll into your diet with daily salads (think kale, spinach, romaine, baby lettuce and any/all veggies you can get your hands on at the local market), morning smoothies enriched with chlorella, spirulina, or our favorite and/or just water infused with concentrated chlorophyll. Before a long day of teaching, I will often drink a glass for a burst of energy. I've also noticed that it has a calming effect on my entire system. On a recent vacation in which I did not have chlorophyll, I felt noticeably less well. All in all, drinking chlorophyll and having lots of vegetables/greens (AKA Chlorophyll) in your diet is a WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN!
Happy Living, Teaching & Playing!