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Going Green with Chlorophyll

July 15, 2021
Carter Reid

If you’re looking for an easy and effective way to cleanse your body daily, boost energy levels, deodorize your body from the inside out, boost antioxidant levels, boost immunity, and achieve beautiful healthy looking skin then keep reading, because we’re diving into Chlorophyll and all it’s incredible benefits. Before we get into all the juicy details of this super-nutrient, let’s first get clear on where it comes from and the role it plays in the plant kingdom. 

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Chlorophyll 101

Chlorophyll is the pigment within plants that is responsible for that gorgeous green color we all adore. And it’s also an essential component of photosynthesis— the process which allows plants to absorb energy from the sunlight, allowing them to grow and maintain their health and integrity. It has an incredible amount of vitamins and minerals, and is one of the highest sources of antioxidants we have. 

How Chlorophyll Benefits Us 

While we can all appreciate the role chlorophyll plays to help plants thrive (love that for them), let’s unpack some of the key benefits chlorophyll provides to the human body!

Boosts energy 

Chlorophyll helps to oxygenate the blood as well as produce more red blood cells— the cells that deliver oxygenated blood from the lungs to the rest of the body. When more oxygenated blood is delivered to parts of the body such as our muscles and brain, this helps increase our energy and stamina. 

Cleanses the Body and Blood

Chlorophyll has the incredible ability to eliminate waste and toxins in the body as well as purify the blood. With its ability to increase blood cells and oxygen within the blood, its ability to help us detoxify our body is amplified. This also results in the liver being less overloaded by toxic waste and helps to keep it functioning smoothly. Other benefits include neutralizing internal  odours and gas by cleansing the intestines. 

Strengthens Immunity 

There are so many ways in which the immune system is supported by chlorophyll. One being its incredible ability to stimulate the bone marrow. Bone marrow is where white and red blood cells are produced. We’ve already discussed how chlorophyll helps to increase red blood cells and how that helps increase our energy levels and promote body detoxification. Stimulating the production of white blood cells, however, will help protect us against harmful bacteria and viruses and help us fight off infections. Chlorophyll also helps protect us against phytochemicals, carcinogens, and has a significant anti-inflammatory effect. 

Balance Gut Bacteria

Chlorophyll helps to balance our gut microbiome by reducing the harmful bacteria and fungus that can get overpopulated and affect our immune system, as well as the quality of our digestive processes.

Anti-aging 

Though the aging process is a normal and natural part of being human, premature aging is not! This can be attributed to oxidative stress which damages cells such as skin cells, structural protein within the body, DNA and organs as a whole and happens as a result of pollution, alcohol consumption, diets high in sugar, harmful fats, processed foods, and smoking or exposure to smoke. Chlorophyll is one of the most powerful antioxidants we have and protects the body against oxidative damage. Antioxidants will promote healthy youthful skin, the integrity of our organs and their processes as well as skin and internal healing of the body. 

How To Consume Chlorophyll 

Chlorophyll From Plant Food

When it comes to reaping the wonderful benefits of chlorophyll through food, items such as wheatgrass, spinach, collard greens, spirulina, chlorella and parsley are several fantastic vegetables to choose from. However, when trying to boost your chlorophyll intake, it’s important to know that natural chlorophyll found in plant food is fat soluble and sufficient amounts of it will not be as easily absorbed by our body when consuming it through vegetables. Many vitamins and minerals are absorbed by our body through eating veggies, but if we are trying to isolate and absorb large amounts of chlorophyll—  supplementation may be a better option. 

 

Chlorophyll From Supplementation 

Chlorophyll supplements are usually taken in liquid form and added to water to drink, however they can also be taken in capsule form. When in supplement form, Chlorophyll is technically  Chlorophyllin; a derivative of natural chlorophyll, which contains sodium copper. Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin as a supplement is water soluble, which means it is highly absorbable by the human body which therefore, allows us to reap all the incredible benefits it provides. 

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I personally love adding Chlorophyll liquid to my water daily and sip on it throughout the day. It has little to no taste and is a great way to ensure that you are cleansing and detoxifying your body on a daily basis in a gentle way. This form of supplementation is gentle and super friendly, which makes it a great way for most people to increase their nutrient intake and help support optimal body functioning. 

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