Story time! So my husband and I have this agreement. He, like many people, is not a big fan of dark green leafy vegetables. What a surprise. And what are the most healthy foods on the planet?... Say it with me: dark... green... leafy... vegetables! So our agreement is that if he won't eat leafy greens, the other option is for him to drink them, and that's what he would rather do!
So I usually make him a big green smoothie with berries and flax seeds in this big glass, and I would top it off of course to get the most nutrition in him, and he would chug it all down in one gulp. I don't know how he does it. But a few days ago, he complained of not feeling well after the smoothie and wanting to throw up 30 minutes to 1 hour later. So I said, well of course you would feel that way after gulping all that down in one breath! Your stomach can't handle so much so quickly, you gotta slow it down! So now I remind him to take his time a little more, even if you just wanna chug it down real fast to get it over with, it's not worth it to feel sick or bloated afterwards. So that's my first piece of advice.
My second tip which expands on the first, is to... CHEW your smoothies! Yes, I realize how ridiculous that might sound. You're probably like "Wahh?.. It's already blended, who the heck chews their smoothies?"
But really though, the act of chewing stimulates the release of saliva and digestive enzymes which break down the food you eat into nutrients which then nourish our bodies. If you think about the way we digest food, it doesn't just happen in the stomach and the intestines. Carbohydrate and fat digestion actually begins in the mouth with your saliva. Yes I will now proceed to talk about saliva real quick so bare with me. Saliva contains the enzyme salivary amylase, also known as ptyalin, which is essential in the process of breaking down starch into simple sugars that can be absorbed into the bloodstream to provide us with energy. And don't we all need more energy?
We don't want to be just dumping a bunch of food into our stomach without giving it a signal first, like "Hey, food is coming your way, this is how it feels like, this is how much I'm having, you better get those other enzymes ready to do some major absorption!" What chewing does is it gets the digestion process started and signals the rest of your GI tract to get ready and churning.
This goes back to what I was saying earlier about how to avoid feeling bloated or uncomfortable after drinking large green smoothies. Oh and this goes for juices too!
Green Smoothie Recipes
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