Add nutrients and flavor to your holiday meal with leafy greens.

There’s been a lot of talk about making cities, buildings and cards more “green.” But how about making your diet greener by enjoying a heaping helping of leafy green vegetables such as arugula, romaine lettuce, mesclun mix (or “spring mix”), spinach, kale, collard, turnip and mustard greens, watrecress, chard, broccoli rabe and Chinese broccoli. With so many options, it’s easy to make leafy greens a more prominent part of your plate — and there’s no better time to do so than the holiday season, when rich, sugary foods tend to dominate family meals, buffets and party menus.

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Green, leafy vegetables are a must-have this Thanksgiving since they give you a bigger ‘bang for your buck’: They are nutrient-dense but not energy-dense (higher in calories), so you get all the benefits of vitamins, minerals and fiber without all the calories.

How nutritious are they? For starters, they’re high in antioxidants such as vitamin A and vitamin C, and rich in vitamin K, potassium and iron. They also serve as a great source of fiber. These nutrients provide many benefits, such as boosting the immune system during those cold winter months and keeping the heart healthy. They may even work toward cancer prevention.

The natural fiber in leafy greens can help you feel satisfied longer because the nutrients remain in the stomach longer with the fiber. That satisfied feeling can also lead to decreased overall caloric consumption and, potentially, weight loss.

How Lifestyles Affect Your Body’s Nutritional Intake

Despite a wide variety of foods, people today generally eat more but actually get fewer nutrients. Many common aspects of daily life can deplete the body of the nutrients it needs to function properly:

• Drinking—alcohol, coffee/sodas (caffeine)
• Smoking—nicotine
• Medications—statin drugs, corticosteroids, diuretics
• Eating—junk food, refined carbohydrates
• Stress—work, family
• State of Health—illness, injury, intestinal issues, pregnancy

These things can rob you of nutrients by:

• Increasing your need for certain nutrients
• Causing accelerated nutrient loss
• Impairing the absorption of nutrients from food

Call Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine today at 773-435-1150 and ask about our FirstLine Therapy program. Let us help you improve your health, reverse chronic illnesses and lose weight naturally.

Leading the Way to Safe and Effective Chronic Illness Solutions

We’re living in an extraordinary time in health care. The incidence and cost of lifestyle-related chronic health conditions has risen to levels unimagined just a few decades ago—it’s estimated that more than half of American adults suffer from one or more chronic illnesses. At the same time, developments in genetic, cellular, and nutritional research have yielded exciting new insights into the environmental influences and biological mechanisms that affect an individual’s genetic predisposition to chronic illness.

The convergence of these factors—as well as an ever-growing demand for safe, effective, and natural options for managing chronic illness—has created an unprecedented opportunity for forward-thinking companies like ours.   For more than 25 years, Metagenics has been dedicated to developing innovative, science-based, natural approaches to improve health. Today, they’re well positioned to meet society’s current—and emerging—most pressing health care needs, through:

• FirstLine Therapy® — clinically tested therapeutic lifestyle program
• Metagenics is one of the largest and most diverse research and development teams in the natural products industry
• Metagenics is the leading-edge nutritional genomics and clinical research facilities