I once blogged 20 different astonishing ways my health improved when I began drinking green smoothies and eating a whole-foods diet. Here it is: What Changed, When We Switched To Whole Foods, Part 2
But I wanted to get more scientific when I wrote The Green Smoothies Diet and find out precisely what a newbie can expect!
The results of my poll of 175 regular green smoothie drinkers yielded some interesting results that suggest quite definitively that it’s a 10-minute habit worth adopting! To participate in the questionnaire, one had to be drinking green smoothies for at least 30 days, a pint a day for 4 days a week. Many were drinking more, up to my recommended 1 quart daily.
The vast majority, or 97 percent, said green smoothies noticeably improved their health or quality of life. Wow!
Very exciting to me is the fact that 84 percent of those drinking green smoothies are so enthusiastic about the positive health benefits that they’ve told others about or taught them the habit!
These are the positive health effects people experience, listed in order of their frequency among the research respondents:
85.4 percent experience more energy.
79.2 percent experience improved digestion (more regular and/or complete bowel movements, no straining, soft/formed stool, etc.).
65 percent experience fewer cravings for sweets and processed foods.
52.3 percent experience a more positive, stable mood.
51 percent experience an improvement in skin tone, or fewer blemishes
50 percent experience weight loss. The average reported pounds lost is 17.3 lbs.!
(Keep in mind when considering this very impressive statistic that some of the respondents had been drinking green smoothies only 30 days, and some of them did not have any weight to lose!
48.5 percent experience an increased desire to exercise.
44.6 percent experience improved sleep (need less of it, decreased insomnia, more alert in the mornings, etc.).
41.5 percent feel less stressed out.
40 percent experience blood sugar stabilization.
39 percent experience people telling them they look better.
35 percent say their fingernails are stronger or grow faster.
26 percent say their hair is shinier or their dandruff gone.
18.5 percent experience a decrease in PMS symptoms. (Consider that some of the respondents in the survey are not females of menstruating age.)
17 percent report an improved sex drive.
Other positive health benefits reported by survey respondents include these:
7 people said: Arthritis symptoms/pain gone or reduced
3 people said: Hyperthyroid condition improved (reduced or gone off meds)
2 people said: Seasonal allergies gone or decreased
2 people said: Reduced asthma symptoms
2 people said: Migraines gone or reduced by 80 percent
2 people said: Acne improved or gone
2 people said: Eczema or dry skin cleared
2 people said: Gray hair returned to original color
Decreased blood pressure
No more hypertension
Was able to go off cholesterol meds
Was able to go off Prilosec
Haven’t gotten sick in a year like I always do
Deep facial wrinkles “barely noticeable”
Less nasal congestion
Lump on leg getting smaller
Liver spots fading
Muscle soreness gone
No more bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation
Avoided a hysterectomy, lifelong menstrual problems returned to normal
Easier to breastfeed
Don’t sunburn any more
Depression symptoms gone
Lifelong bad breath gone in two weeks
Ended coffee addiction
Just feel better
The risks of a new green smoothie habit are limited to an 18.5 percent chance of a short-term, uncomfortable cleansing reaction that include the following symptoms:
headaches, skin breakouts, diarrhea, nausea, bloating, intestinal gas, cramps, constipation, vertigo, dizziness, fainting, lethargy or weakness, runny nose, mucous in the back of the throat, liver pain, mood swings, depression, emotional crisis
The top six benefits that people experience when starting a green smoothie habit are, in order, more energy, improved digestion, fewer cravings for sweets and processed food, a more positive/stable mood, improved skin, and weight loss.
It’s hard to look at this data without being compelled to give green smoothies a try!
Jump in with us and let us know here what your experience is after 30 days:
To Your Health,
p.s. Join us in 12 Steps to Whole Foods to get on the path to achieve all these health benefits. Step 1 is all about the why and how of green smoothies!