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Ask Kaley // Do I really need to take my greens everyday?

Author: Kaley Todd, RDN

Congratulations, you are well on your way to wellness! 

Since making Athletic Greens part of your daily routine you may have noticed some positive changes in your body. Some individuals report increased energy, improved mental focus and endurance, better sleep and overall improvement in their daily lives. 

If you haven’t felt these changes, don’t be concerned. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone has individual needs when it comes to nutrition. Even if you haven’t noticed such changes, know you are supporting your body by giving it the nutrition it needs. 

By taking your Greens each day, you’re building a healthy habit that can produce lifelong benefits.

Now, I know that taking your Greens each day can be challenging. Heck, I even struggle to stay consistent sometimes.

However, when you realize how many ways your Greens are benefiting your body, it can make the routine something you look forward to each day.

As a small encouragement, I’ve put together an introductory explanation of some of the MANY benefits your body receives as you take your daily Greens.

This list is far from comprehensive. But you might be surprised by just some of the many benefits your body receives from your daily Greens routine.

Fulfilling Micronutrient Needs

At any given moment, our body is handling millions of different processes. Maintaining and supporting our brains, muscles, bones, nerves, skin, blood circulation, immune system and more, just to name a few.

With these never ending processes going on, our bodies require a steady supply of various micronutrients. And not consuming adequate amounts of important vitamins, minerals, and other compounds can contribute to some serious side effects. Micronutrient deficiencies can contribute to a number of major illnesses including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis.  

Unfortunately, many people have micronutrient deficiencies. Even worse, they are completely unaware of it. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 2 billion people worldwide are affected by deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. And The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) have reported a high prevalence of select micronutrient inadequacies in the US population.  

These deficiencies are called ‘hidden hunger’. Because the people who suffer from them may look healthy and not consciously feel hunger. There is also a growing problem of people who are malnourished because they are consuming low-quality diets. 

In essence, poor eating is resulting in “hidden hunger”, or simply starvation. Even though many people are getting more than enough calories, they are simultaneously starving themselves of actual, vital and essential nutrients. 

This makes maintaining sufficient micronutrient needs essential for supporting our daily functioning, as well as in fighting disease and illness. 

Your daily dose of Athletic Greens helps you meet these essential needs and provides your body with the nutritional support it require

Supporting digestion and gut health

Inside our bellies there is an extensive intestinal lining covering more than 4,000 square feet of surface area. When working properly, it forms a tight barrier that monitors what gets absorbed into the bloodstream. 

An unhealthy, or damaged gut lining may have holes which can allow partially digested food, toxins, and bugs to penetrate the tissues beneath it. This may trigger inflammation and changes in the gut flora that can lead to problems within the digestive tract and beyond. It may also play a role in the development of several common chronic diseases.

Diet is a major influencer on microbiome composition and holds great power in promoting health and fighting disease. Gut microorganisms have been shown to play a role in a wide range of human diseases.  

Recent studies have suggested that the intestinal microbiome assists in modulating risk of several chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. They have also been shown to play a role in obesity, psoriasis, autism, and mood disorders.  

The Western diet has profound effects on the diversity and populations of microbial species that make up gut flora. In addition to a poor diet, prebiotics and probiotics (which are essential for a healthy gut) are also often lacking in the modern diet. High stress levels, too little sleep, eating processed and high-sugar foods, and taking antibiotics also can all damage our gut microbiome.

Adopting good nutrition and other lifestyle habits can help quell inflammation, balance the gut flora, and heal a damaged gut.

However this can take time.  

Studies have shown it can take months for the intestinal mucosal lining to heal. Pending on the status of your gut health, it may take weeks or even months to get it back, re-balance the gut flora and bring it to optimal condition. 

The digestive enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics found in Athletic Greens can all help digestion and assist in improving gut health. 

To further promote gut health and overall wellness, pair your Greens with exercise, sufficient sleep and stress relieving activities.

Boosting Your Immunity

Our immune system is our biggest defense against disease. But poor nutrition is the most common cause of immunodeficiency worldwide. 

Maintaining your immune system requires an intake of proper vitamins and minerals on a daily basis. B Vitamins, and vitamins A, C, E, as well as selenium and zinc, are particularly important when it comes to immunity. 

The immune response is compromised when nutrition is poor.

Unfortunately, micronutrient deficiencies and suboptimal intakes are common worldwide. 

These deficiencies can affect the risk and severity of infection. In fact, an individual’s nutritional status can predict the clinical course and outcome of certain infections.  

But there is good news. Bringing deficient nutrient levels back to normal may enhance resistance to disease and infection. Your Athletic Greens not only contains essential vitamins and minerals your body needs, it can also help support your immune system through other ways.

For instance, probiotics also play a role in the immune response. There’s evidence that without adequate normal flora, the immune system can’t work properly, lowering resistance to infection. By providing both prebiotics and probiotics, Athletic Greens can help support your gut health – thus promoting your overall immunity. 

Additionally adaptogens can also support the immune system and enhance the body’s overall resiliency by helping the body cope with stress and improving sleep quality.  Athletic Greens provides adaptogens in the form of Ashwagandha, rhodiola and a special mushroom blend. 

There’s a reason we call in the Ultimate Daily.

Consistency is key to good nutrition. Your diet and nutrient intake can vary from day to day.

Athletic Greens can help support your good eating by ensuring you are getting some of the nutrients you need for physical and mental energy, optimal immunity, and overall health on a daily basis. 

So no matter what happens, you’re always at the top of your game.

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