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Research on green smoothies: do you get sick less?

Robyn Openshaw - Oct 19, 2009 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

In my research I report on in detail, in The Green Smoothies Diet, I asked 175 regular green smoothie drinkers what health benefits they achieved.   Because to participate, you had to be in the habit for only 30 days or less, I had one issue I wanted to explore that I wasn’t able to.

So I have a question for you now. This isn’t particularly scientific, but I would like to know from those of you who have gone through a winter with your green smoothie habit:

Aside from any initial “cleansing reaction” (diarrhea, headaches, etc. are experienced by 18.5% in my study, for up to 2 weeks after beginning a very healthy new habit) . . .

Did you notice getting sick less after beginning to drink green smoothies regularly?

I would like to hear about your experience here, if you’ve been down the path for a while.   That is one of the greatest benefits for me and my family: before massively increasing our greens consumption, we used to get sick, and now we don’t.

Please tell us your experience.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sick so much less often.

  2. YES!!! I seriously hardly ever get sick! I have only been sick once in the past few months that I can remember (and I’m 8 months pregnant), that was a one night thing that probably involved food poisoning. Whenever I go visit my family in Utah I always get sick (usually with a cold). On facebook I notice my brother gets sick all the time (he writes it in his status). Last time I visited he was trying to tell me how lame I was for cutting my meat consumption to nearly non-existent. He’s in the “trying to get huge” stage of life. I sent him some pictures of vegetarian bodybuilders but he is just too smart for his own good, I guess. I’ve been sending my parents the books that I’ve been reading from the list you recommended and they are making more changes. But unfortunately my siblings are still pretty unhealthy and don’t care about it.

    Speaking of being sick, my younger sister (20 yo) was feeling really sick this past week and so she went to the doctor who did an x-ray and he told her she was full of poop! She said she hadn’t remembered going to the bathroom in a long time. (MAKES SENSE!!!)

    My mom has been making green smoothies regularly now for several months but my siblings only like eating junk food. I guess they reap what they sow!

    When baby comes, he is getting 2 things: breast milk and green smoothies! By the way, I just harvested some (a lot) of collard greens from my garden (in a place where I thought I planted broccoli). I know you store your greens up in the winter. How do I do that? Do I just get freezer bags?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I work with first graders who seem to carry every transmittable disease known to man. The first year I worked in the classroom I was sick constantly. Last year, after being on green smoothies for several months before school started, I was not sick once. Not once. This year swine flu is running rampant through our school and I still have not been ill at all. I have been drinking about a quart and a half of green smoothie every day for almost 2 years. Love it!

    Marti :o)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Although we’ve only been on green smoothies for only a couple of months, I can testify to the fact that eating a diet full of natural vegetables and fruit leads to better health. My husband used to have asthma and tons of allergies, plus he was diagnosed with cancer. We originally went on The pHmiracle diet. Within a month he lost 40 pounds, stopped using most of his 7+ medications, and was asthma-free. His 2-or-3-times-a-year bronchitis went to a once-a-year cold. It has truly been a miracle in our lives. Oh, and his cancer has gone into hiding!! We are now eating a diet closer to yours and he has found a tremendous benefit from eating the green smoothies! Like I have said before, if we had been eating this way before, the problems would never have been there!! Keep up your great work!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have been eating raw foods for two years now. I drink 1-2 quarts of green smoothie nearly daily. Before going raw I had interstitial cystitis and fibromyalgia. Seasonal allergies were a constant, I got bronchitis 2x/year without fail. I would also get various 24-48 hour viruses. I’d get 2-4 UTIs/year as well. Since being raw/drinking smoothies – NOTHING, NADA, ZILCH, ZERO. I haven’t had a symptom, a sniffle,even an inkling of illness.

    I am the healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been. People ask me all the time what my secret is. When I tell them, they almost seem disappointed. I think they’d rather I’d told them about some “magic pill”. Oh, if they’d only try green nirvana – just for a little while!

  6. Anonymous says:

    H1N1 is a virus not a bacteria.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sorry to write again, but I forgot to mention that I no longer have seasonal allergies since drinking green smoothies. I have had extremely horrible spring/summer/fall allergies since I was about 12 (40 now) and have been on many kinds of allergy medications. This past summer I thought I would just see what happened if I did not take any pills and I didn’t have a single flare up. It was amazing.

    I also seem to heal faster from the odd cut or scrape.

    Marti :o)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yes, right–try to avoid injecting yourself with bacteria OR viruses. 🙂 Thanks for the snag.

  9. I do not get sick less, I’ve been doing green smoothies for a year and a half. Typically, I drink two cups a day, not as much as I should. I’m also pregnant, so I am catching everything now!!! 🙁

  10. Anonymous says:

    I don’t get sick much in general. But I had sinus congestion and a runny nose very often. I would go through at least a box of tissues a week and if it was a bad day I could go through a box a day. I kept cough drops in a container by my bed and in my purse. The mucus, congestion and coughing is all gone.

    I was able to drink 32 oz of green drink from the first day and did so for 6 weeks. When it became harder to get them down. I still drink green smoothies but not every day.

    I started 3 months ago.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Just wanted to say thanks Crystal for your post. Sometimes I like to hear that stuff as well. I love the testimonials about how awesome people’s health has become with whole food/raw/green smoothies but it’s good to hear the flip side too.

  12. Anonymous says:

    My whole family (5 children and husband) has been hit with the Swine Flu this week. I’m the last one standing. We’re in transition with our diet as a family, but I’m personally fully on board with green smoothies daily and eating as much fresh fruit and veggies as possible, mostly whole grains, very little unrefined sugar and no processed food. I’m wondering how long I’ll hold out, and if I get to avoid it altogether!

  13. Anonymous says:

    After 2 1/2 years of drinking Green Smoothies daily, (I’m up to a quart a day, now) I’m am medicine free, happy and healthy, I haven’t been sick since ’06. I used to get colds and the flu’s several times a year. I used to be diabetic, (shooting up insulin 4 times a day), suffered from heart disease, high cholesterol, eczema, seasonal and food allergies, along with many other illnesses I can’t remember. Oh… I had a couple of strokes that left me paralyzed on my left side. Now I am back to work, driving again and living my life much better than before. Oh… and I’ve lost 85 pounds as a side benefit. Woohoo!

  14. Robyn Openshaw says:

    LuAnn, WOW, congratulations!

    Tricia, please let us know how your family comes through H1N1, and I’m so sorry you’re going through that. At least you’re healthy to be the mom/nursemaid–that’s a blessing.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Green Smoothies are a HUGE help! I was able to avoid my annual summer cold and the back to school cold! I did however, get the H1N1… I work around school kids and was really pushing one week with too many hours and not enough sleep! I bounced back quickly though and attribute it all to Green Smoothies and a high raw diet!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I hardly ever get sick. No vaccines or anything for many, many years. Now, I can say that, no matter how raw one is, if you “burn the candles at both ends”, like not getting enough sleep, etc, one can leave oneself open to a compromised immune system and get sick. I went through this recently and I fought it off with rest and fluids. Simple.

  17. Anonymous says:

    last year:

    Josh age 4 coughed EVERY day (labor day to labor day), tired always, got sick instantly if we went off Flovent. first name basis with doc, one ER trip for breathing/asthma like probs.

    this year (8-12 oz smoothies and probiotic):

    Josh age 5, no coughs, lots of energy, no flovent, no flu even when he shared a sucker with his sister who had it! He got the sucker at school and wanted to be nice.

  18. Swine flu is easily treatable with homeopathy. If you have swine flu or know someone who does, feel free to contact my friend, Dr.John Mulliken, at

    No need for the H1N1 flu shot and all this bull hockey… BLESSINGS!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been doing green smoothies for 2 years and have not been sick.

    The smoothie replaced the sandwich and I also do fresh raw carrot juice. Diet is 90% raw and organic. Health benefits is a win win.

  20. Anonymous says:

    YES! YES! YES! I wholeheartedly agree that drinking green smoothies keeps you healthy. I have been drinking them consistently for a couple of years and I might get sick once a year. I have sinus issues usually, but even that is lessened when I regularly drink my green smoothies. The more you drink…the better you will feel. It is totally amazing.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, I began doing green smoothies during what I now believe was my first gall bladder attack, and the combination of mixed fruits and greens gave me severe and almost instantaneous cramping. My system just couldn’t handle such a load, even though I am very health concious and eat a great deal of fresh fruits and salads on a daily basis. Anything I ate for about a week then set off further upset. I have continued using green smoothies carefully since getting better but still find I can get an upset system with gassy discomfort at times, so I’m back to worrying that some things just shouldn’t be combined. I’ve always believed fruits were best digested all alone, though I realize they make the green smoothies much tastier. I’d love to know how to handle these problems and never have another week of gastric distress – anyone?

  22. Hey Robin,

    Love what you’re doing!

    I WANT to drink more Green Smoothies but i get such loose bowels when I do….. I’ve tried lots of different kinds, but they all just give me teh trotts! What should I do? This doesn’t happen if I eat raw food, only if i blend it all up together…… advice?

  23. Anonymous says:

    We have been drinking green smoothies for about 2.5 years now. We alternate days of drinking carrot, apple, orange juice with green smoothies (only because we do not like the texture of carrots in our green smoothies – and I think juicing is really a pain compared to making green smoothies:) We attend a huge church and my kids are in the nursery three times a week and in mother’s day out, too, so they are exposed to a lot of other children’s germs. I am 8 months pregnant and my husband is a pilot who travels all over. None of us have been sick at all since last Thanksgiving when we went to visit family without our blender and were exposed directly to people that were ill – and we got over that in just a couple of days. No viruses, no fever, no colds – nothing!! No – we will not be getting any flu vaccines, – our immune systems work great – I don’t want to alter it by injecting some foreign substances in my body. We have been directly exposed twice, recently, to people that had the swine flu (and didn’t know it until after) and have not contracted it. I believe even if we do contract it, our immune systems will be strong enough that it won’t be as severe as it has been for others.

  24. Anonymous says:

    yes, we get sick less when we are drinking green smoothies. we are also regular which helps the system as well. my son, age 6, came home from school the other day and said “mommy, i feel like i am getting sick. can you fix me a green smoothie?” no joke! i was so excited becaused my kids were so reluctant to drink it when we started but they clearly see the difference.

  25. Just started GS about 2 weeks ago…A-MAZING!!!! I already feel more energetic and have been sleeping better, less aches and pains, less cravings for sweets and junk food…and more. I can’t wait to see more results the longer I drink them. Our school has been hit hard by sickness this week and I don’t anticipate getting sick at all this winter thanks to Green Smoothies!!!! I am so excited, now if I can get my family to start drinking them! Baby steps… 🙂

  26. Anonymous says:

    My wife and i have been drinking our green daily for 4 years now and have not had a cold, flu, or anything. DRINK YOUR GREENS!!!!

    Live Healthy…Live Happy

  27. Anonymous says:

    I can never mix fruits and fats in my smoothies, i have to do just one of them or i get very dizzy. I also get really really tired if i drink fruit juices, so normally i just spice it up with parsley instead of fruits. It would be really interesting if someone else has had these problems or know what can be causing them? I don’t get the flu with or without the greens, my immune system is a bit overactive in the Th2 part.

  28. Anonymous says:

    My husband and I drink green smoothies everyday – they aren’t your exact recipe – we use freeze dried kale, spinach, etc. just because it saves us a lot of money. However, all the veggies that are in your smoothie are in our drink as well. We also add the fresh bananas and berries and flax seed like your recipe. I have lupus, which is an auto-immune disease. We have been drinking these green smoothies for over a year and a half everyday. We very rarely miss a day! I can definately say that our energy is higher, we are very rarely sick, and the smoothies have helped me prevent flares.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been drinking green smoothies for at least five years. You know how Kale comes in quite a few leaves tied together. Well, my rule is to put the whole bunch in the vita-mix at once, even if I have to tamp it down in the 5 1/2 cups of ionized/filtered water I put in. Then comes the apple, banana, nuts, hemp hearts, parsley and pineapple. Have I benefited from what my son-in-law calls, “green gruel?” I’m 73 and, as my family doctor says, “healthy as a horse.”

    Would it have been different for me if I’d stayed on the meat and potatoes diet with vitamin supplements? Don’t know really, but I don’t think my good health is based on genetics, etc. so I’ll staying with my regime of green gruel and organic granola, etc..

  30. 4 days from now, it will be 1 year since I dropped meat from my diet. I went all out in the beginning by eating vegan but since then have introduced small amounts of cheese (pizza is just wrong without it) and local/home produced eggs. About 6 months ago I discovered green smoothies and there will be no turning back to my old habits for me! I feel better, am rarely sick, and have quit taking all of the medications I was previously on (2 for cholesterol, 1 for migraines, anit-depressants). In the last year I have been migraine free, I have so much energy and have introduced green smoothies to my family and anyone who will give them a try. My husband is hooked! He says he feels so much better when he drinks his morning smoothie. I have lost 48 pounds and he has lost 12. Keep up the good work Robyn!!!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Be careful how you make your green smoothie. I was drinking a blender full every day last year. And yes!…I Was feeling a LOT better, until…I had to go home from work early on several occasions, before I realized just what was making me So sick. I was using fruit juice (albeit ‘all natural’) as the base to my green smoothies, along with adding plenty of frozen fruit. Then, I would just add ‘everything but the kitchen sink’, as far as veggie ingredients goes. I think it was a pretty darn healthy green smoothie, except for all that fruit juice. My blood sugar was all over the map. So, I’m a little gun shy to try again. But I really want to. And Yes!…I felt Tons better when I was driniking my greens and all those veggies (–all except fo the blood sugar issue). Plus, my skin was looking so much clearer and brighter. Anyone have a good-tasting, no-fruit, green smoothie?

  32. Anonymous says:

    I have been making green smoothies for several years now. Actual green vegetables juiced in my smoothies and in that time I have never been sick. In fact I do not remember the last time I have been sick and that includes sitting next to a woman on a four hour flight who coughed and sniffled the whole flight. I thought that I must at least get that one from her and waited for four days. It never hit me. I can only think that it is from the green vegetables every day that I make in my smoothie.

  33. Anonymous says:

    In the two and a half years I’ve been raw and drinking green smoothies, the only illness I’ve had is a cold that came right after I ate some cooked rice one year in. I quit eating cooked food for good after that. I haven’t taken so much as an aspirin (no tylenol or any of that other junk, either) for over that 2 and a half years. I’m 54, if that has any bearing on any of this…


  34. Green smoothies are a great way to get the nutrients we need to prevent illness, but raw broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, cress, cauliflower, kale, and other raw vegetables contain goitrogens that block iodine utilization and work to lower thyroid hormone production. I’d be interested to hear what others are doing to make sure they are getting enough iodine to keep their thyroid in good shape.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I can say a resounding YES! My daughter and her 3 children (2 years, 3 years and 5 years) came to live with us right about the time I started drinking green smoothies – about a year and a half ago. They were sick constantly last winter with colds, flu, ear infections etc… My husband caught everything they had but I didn’t get sick at all. I haven’t been sick since I started which is not normal for me because I would catch everything that came along before smoothies. I have convinced my husband to drink them with me and the two and three year old grandkids love my smoothies, they hear me making them and come running with cups in hand! Looking forward to a healthier winter this year!!!

  36. Anonymous says:

    Last winter I was drinking green smoothies every day. I never got sick the entire winter, not even a cold. My kids all brought home various sicknesses from school but I never caught anything. Sometimes I would feel like I was coming down with something but it would never take hold. In addition to a good diet I also exercise a lot which I think helps.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I get sick less and I recently had a headcold and really didn’t feel very bad at all compared to before green smoothies.

  38. Anonymous says:

    I am 62, the oldest of my other five siblings. We range from 62 to 45. I have always considered food as fuel..either high-octane jet-fuel or diesel sludge depending whether you get it green and fresh or go to McDonald’s (ick). Green smoothies are nothing new to me and my husband.

    We are active, very healthy, rarely sick, no major or even minor problems. All my five siblings are on some kind of drug except me. One of them around mid-fifties just told me has prostate cancer. NOW he’s calling me for advice. (sigh) I told him this: Number One: Get off cow’s milk in any form. Number Two: Go for those greens. Number Three: Read two books. The Ph Miracle and the China Study. They back it all up with indisputable hard science.

    Yes, GreenSmoothieGirl is right on!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Crystal, consider the idea that you may not be getting “sick”. It could be that it’s you body’s way of dispelling the toxins. Continue on your green smoothie journey with additional volume and see how that works for ya.

  40. Anonymous says:

    been on green smoothie for one month and a half lost 12 pounds eating nothing but raw vegetable and fruits have not learn how to prepare raw but I am taking classes. I have been feeling a little tired, mabe I am not getting enough something. I am on pure herbs to help heal myself from allergies and highblood pressure. I do like doing green smoothies a lot I am a greensmoothie girl forever. I do have grandchildren around me everyday no one has gotten sick as of yet. I will address H1N1 after I have been on the green smoothie for a while.

  41. Anonymous says:

    I have a story for you! My husband was diagnosed a few years ago with cirrhosis of the liver. This was suspected from a blood test…he had a CT scan and was sent to a liver specialist, so believe me it’s well documented. This made no sense to us (or the docs) as we do not drink, and he had not ONE risk factor for it. The prognosis was rather grim, and I set out to figure out how to deal with it naturally. In my research I discovered a link to gluten and liver disease. We went on a grain free diet and massive veggie smoothies. The odd things I will stick in my VitaMix (it’s like a blender on crack, none better!) are legendary. Note to self- green beans and eggplant are NOT tasty in a veggie smoothie, haha!

    Anyway, at the next checkup some months later….after a disastrous biopsy put him in agony and I said NO MORE! his liver enzymes were totally normal! No evidence of liver disease, cholesterol had dropped 50 points (still eating animal proteins) and he had lost 85 pounds, me 60.

    The doctors could not believe it and refused to attribute it to diet. But we know and we never get sick anymore! We have deviated pretty bad this past year and gained some back and are all achy again so we are back on track….don’t ask me why we humans will SEE the evidence that something works and let our stupid taste buds seduce us down the wrong road again…’s so not worth it!

  42. Anonymous says:

    oh and p.s. to Jan McCune- I never put fruit in my smoothies, once in a while I add some frozen organic blueberries (fruit shoots up your insulin levels too much if you are trying to lose weight) but just to make it easier I use a base of store bought organic carrot juice I get at Costco so it’s affordable. I put a couple cups in there and throw any and all fresh veggies I have in the Vitamix….often organic spinach, red or yellow bell peppers, broccoli, celery, raw nuts, whole flax sometimes (the vitamix pulverizes them) anything we are in the mood for. You find what tastes best to you….mine aren’t for the faint of heart,lol! But using the carrot juice instead of fruit makes it sweet and easy and with half the carbs…….sometimes I add coconut oil and some more ice and wham! Glass of life 🙂

  43. Anonymous says:

    Hi, My name is Maria and I have been an avid whole foods eater for 20 years. In the last few years I have been eating a lot of raw, green and sprouted foods. I drink a green smoothie daily with very little fruit, maybe a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of berries, lots of greens and some other things. Last spring, my family got the swine flu. My husband and one son missed a week of work/school. I nursed my family for two weeks straight. Thankfully they all have fairly strong immune systems, so nobody ended up at the doctor!! Boy, were they sick though. Bad cough, high fever, not able to move for a couple of days. The cough was awful.

    Anyway, out of a family of six, 5 got the swine flu. I did fight it off for four days meaning I felt a scratchy throat and I was tired, but I was never sick. My body fought hard!!

    I was in a bad emotional state at that time. Thankfully, I am not there now, but I know if it happened now, I wouldn’t even know my body was fighting. I know my immunity was lowered from my stress level at that point, but I did not get it!! I do eat mostly raw, lots of greens and cultured foods. So, I know it all helps!!!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Jan McCune,

    I’d recommend a liver cleanse for your problems.

  45. Anonymous says:

    I have an 8 year old, 6 year old and 3 year old. I haven’t been to the pediatrician since my oldest was 18 mos. old. We still eat a little meat, but we also eat lots of fruits and vegetables. We have been drinking carrot juice and drinking green smoothies for a long time. My kids beg for both. My kids rarely get sick and if they do I treat them at home and it only last a couple of days. My kids have never taken any prescription or over the counter drugs. That is almost unheard of. Every child I know of has been on some kind of medication. I know that eating as much raw food as possible helps you have better health. Just more people would realize that so they wouldn’t have to suffer so much.

  46. I’ve been drinking green smoothies every morning since 2006, mostly with kale, spinach, or collard greens. I haven’t been sick once since, and if I felt as if some bug might try to get me, I would eat raw garlic, and that would nip it in the bud. Green smoothies are the best thing for us to eat; there’s no doubt about it. Raw is great in every form!


  47. Anonymous says:

    I have been doing GS for about 3 years..Daily..sometimes twice a day. I have not been sick since. Give your body good food and it will return the favor. You are made to be healthy.

  48. Anonymous says:

    I have just recently added green smoothies to my diet, but the majority of my diet for the past 26 years has been raw leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. The first 34 years of my life were plagued many respiratory problems: colds, flu, bronchitis, and hay-fever. Once I realized that I was allergic to dairy products and changed over to a raw diet, my health problems were solved. Except for one bout of food poisoning in a New York airport, I haven’t been sick for 26 years. I also tan instead of burn, have much more energy, and I am more limber than I was in my 20’s. And here at 60 I’m still waiting for my hair to turn gray. For me, Green Smoothies have added new enthusiasm to my diet, but I’ve known for a long time that such a diet keeps me well.

  49. Anonymous says:

    I just bought the Blendtec blender and your book “Green Smoothies Diet” so I can not comment on the effects of green smoothies. However, I went from approximately 15 years of vegetarian diet to vegan diet about 4 or 5 years ago and don’t get colds or flue for last 3 to 4 years. My heyfeaver attacks are way less severe and practically don’t have nose congestion anymore.

    I will post an update after “smoothing” for a while.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Robyn Ive been doing green smoothies since May . All the info I have read

    from multiple sources Halleluah diet , Braggs diet , the Budwig diet and you all say the more raw fruits and vegatables you eat the less sick you will be .

    The almost unbelievable disease reversals that people have had when switching from the S.A.D. diet to a raw fruit and vegetable diet is absolutly amazeing. I have a 40 oz smoothie every morning w/ 3tbs chia seeds and I’m not hungry till diner at 5or 6pm. Ive lost 25 lbs and I feel great. Thanks for all your insight I never would have tried spinach for breakfast or chia seeds to deal with the late night snack craving if you hadn’t mentioned it I put them on yogurt they are awesome! My sister and I are in your group buy for 100lbs of chia seeds Thanks again for all you are doing to help us get healthy!

  51. I have been drinking green smoothies for 7 months. There has been several flues raging around my office. I am noticing that they are commenting that everyone is getting sick but me. Who would have thought that a green smoothie would help me survive cube hell.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Have been 100% raw-vegan for 2 years now, green smoothie every day, and green juices as well. Not even a sign of being sick! No colds, no sore throats, no time off work, nothing. Just the wonderful feeling of being alive. 🙂 Everything just “feels” better, easier somehow.

  53. Anonymous says:

    I remember back to how I used to feel on a daily basis before I incorporated green smoothies into my diet. I had already bought a Blendtec blender before I knew about Green Smoothie Girl (GSG). Then I came across GSG in my research to be overall more healthy. I started drinking green smoothies on a regular basis. I have not been sick since! If I start to feel run down, I drink a green smoothie, get some rest and I’m back full force the next day! Robyn, you have definitely taught me more than I have found from other resources. Your method, structure, and style of presenting the reasons why to drink green smoothies as well as eat whole, unprocessed health and vitality giving foods based on solid research is excellent!

  54. Anonymous says:

    I have been on the green drink discipline in addition to eating nearly 100% alkaline for 3 years. I make my own green drink mix with alkaline – ionized water only and no fruit only grass powder, clay, epsome salt and real salt . The only sweetening is stevia. I started three years ago drinking a rounded teaspoon powder in a 8 once cup 3 times a day for the first 2 years. The frequency of any sickness such as colds or flu have not occured but, more important for me is the quality of my base health. I have a totally different gauge of what I consider to be my optimum health than before. I believe that the cleansing process has continued over all three years I have been on this discipline. When I have symptoms of headache or virus, or other fever it isn’t for days on end it is now for a few hours.

    I have proven for myself that diet and lifestyle are key in quality of life for health and healing.

  55. Anonymous says:

    In general, I do think the green smoothies help us stay well. We drink green smoothies nearly every day. We all have healthy constitutions and rarely got sick before green smoothies, but I love to find new and better ways to eat well so I am definitely sold on the smoothies. In an ironic twist of events, my 13-year-old son, who has probably never been sick before in his life, and who willingly drinks his green smoothie every morning, got the H1N1 flu, which was rampant at his school. He passed it on to his younger siblings, who also drink their smoothies. However, my sixteen-year-old, who refuses to drink the smoothies, never got the swine flu. This did not help my cause! But the flu was very short lived and all is well again.

  56. Anonymous says:

    I hardly ever get sick,,,,I exercise daily, eat smart, and drink a Green Smoothie daily,,,, keeps my weight under control also,,


  57. Green smoothies are totally amazing. You will experience “Off the Charts Vitality”

    Download my powerpoint presentations from my workshops for free on the left-hand side of my website:

    Implement these strategies on a daily basis and be AMAZED.

    All the best…John

  58. Anonymous says:

    My answer is yes. I do not get sick while I am drinking Green smoothies.

  59. I’m 85. Been on raw food for about 15 yrs., on GS for a few months. Have had no colds for all those yrs except this yr in april I got pneumonia because I tried a new diet I read about… big mistake! No sickness since being on GS…so thats what I’m going to stay on for the next 20 Yrs.

  60. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been drinking green smoothies for over three years now.

    I went all through last winter drinking green smoothies and noticed, in retrospect, that I never got sick like most of my friends.

    Unbelievable yet true!

    Thank you for being you and best of luck to you,


  61. Green Smoothies are the secret to a healthy life! It revives and rebuilds your immune system. Forget supplements. The real truth is to enjoy the real thing it really does the trick! I have been drinking green smoothies of all kinds for about a year and always green. It has changed my life! Everything you need is in a glass.

  62. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for asking. I have been a raw vegan since Feb this year and now I am on 90% raw. I feel so much better, have cleared diabetes and high blood pressure, and haven’t had flu or a cold since then. This is the way to go for me, Thanks to raw vegan way of eating. I have my raw green smoothie everyday, and think the world of it. I also have your book, and like the one you have with the lemon and ginger etc and the flaxseed and spirolina. I could never have that flu injection and put that into my body, as I have been strict vegatarian since 1962, and who knows what is in that vacine!Thanks for askng! Love Rose

  63. Anonymous says:

    I have been raw since the end of March 2009. I started with Ann Wigmore energy soup and green smoothies. I have not been sick a day since I started. I have had detox sympton and I am getting healthier every day. I wore an 18 in march and I wear a size 10 today. I do not know how much weight I have lost because my goal was to have a “light” and healthy body. Linda

  64. Anonymous says:

    This will be my ‘Awakening Season’, I’ve only been drinking Green Smoothies for about 6 months now…but I’ve always had a problem with colds turning into more serious respitory infections in the past.

    I’m drinking about 32oz a day..

    I’ve only had a couple of sniffles so far…no colds ( yet ) and trying to keep it that way…but i honestly believe this is going to make a difference!!

    I am most definately feeling better generally overall…

  65. Anonymous says:

    for the person who was asking about iodine, I use kelp noodles in my salads. It is wonderful! Also eat a couple of brazil nuts a day for selenium. Do not eat too many, you can overdose. Been raw since March. No more neck pain, headaches or kidney stones. Will never go back to SAD.

  66. Anonymous says:

    I have been vegetarian since 1970, more recently mostly raw. Drinking GS for 3 yrs., exercise (yoga, strength, cardio), some ongoing stress and I still get the flu a couple times a year and maybe a cold too. Other than that I feel wonderful and have lots of energy.

  67. I had not been taking green smoothies long but I have been on a healthy diet. I did take a flight from Scotland to south of England to go to my brothers Golden wedding anniversary, and ro see my daughter and grand children. My journey started on the Friday, I was back home on the sunday. Unfortunately I caught a very bad cold and upper repiratory infection on the flight. I have never had anything like this before for very many years, so I put it to the intensity of the on-flight infection. My recovery though not swift was good considering the nastyness of the infection. Harold Lane, who will be 78 in just over a week. 23 october 2009

  68. Anonymous says:

    I get sick much less .

  69. Anonymous says:

    Back in 2007 I introduced green smoothies and kefir to my diet, I started eating healthier and excersing more. I have been working with children for the past 10 years, and let me tell you the year I was making the green smoothies and kefir everyday I only got sick once w/ a mild cold, which is big for me because every year I always get sick with a cold, flu, upper respiratory infection, or bronchitis. So far this past year I have been on antibiotics 6 times due to the flu,bronchitis..etc. I haven’t been making the green smoothies as often but I have realized that I need to get back on track so my health is better this winter season. So to answer your question Yes I am a firm believer that drinking green smoothies aid in not getting as sick.

  70. Anonymous says:

    I started eating a predominantly plant based diet about 3 years ago with a green smoothie most days. Prior to that, every year for 20 years I had bronchitis once or twice a year with several colds in between. I have not had bronchitis once since starting this new way of eating and I had my first cold in three years this last summer. My daughter just finished with the flu and I have not caught it yet, nor do I have signs of catching it. I feel better than I have in years and can never go back to the standard diet. By the way, I’m 55 years old, looking and feeling great.

  71. Anonymous says:

    Hello again Robyn,

    I’ve been going full blast with green smoothies since March after about 20 years of being an on again off again juicer. I try to have a fruit (banana, orange, berry, etc) based smoothie one day and a veggie (carrot, apple, ginger, parsely, celery, spinach – yum!) based smoothie the next. One meal replacement smoothie, 40 or 45 ounces, each day. Plus I’m adding acai, astaxanthin, spirulina, chlorella, hemp hearts, flaxseed, chia seeds and a few other supplements each day. And I’m now down to maybe one glass of fresh juice per week.

    I’m 62 years old, and for me, after a lifetime of a normal frequency of colds and sore throats, I know that if I am just reasonably regular – say three servings a week of juice or smoothies – I never get a cold, or a sore throat, or even a sniffle… not ever.

    Plus there are so many other benefits to the the smoothie a day lifestyle.

    I’m a believer and I can’t recommend it strongly enough.

    Best regards,

    Dave in Ottawa

  72. Anonymous says:

    I have been drinking green smoothies for 2 and a half years. I think I have been sick maybe 2 times. When I have to go out of town I crave them. They are so satisfying that I don’t want to eat the bad stuff. I live in Logan and I wish I could get quality organic greens. The stuff I have to buy sometimes is pathetic. When I visit my sister in Portland I go crazy because she has access to beautiful organic produce. Oh well.

  73. Anonymous says:

    H1N1 Flu Update at our house:

    We’ve pulled through! I NEVER GOT IT! I feel great! I suppose it could be lurking inside, but the way this virus spreads (like WILDFIRE), I should have had symptoms long before now. I’m grateful I’ve been able to nurse everyone else. Once we realized this was the Flu, I kept thinking that I would be surprised if any of my family was hit too hard, simply because of the way we are “trying” to eat on the whole. Here’s the rundown:

    Son, age 8: mild fever for a day, tired and cough for a day, then back to school. He’s always been my best eater, and not big on sweets.

    Husband: No fever. In bed one day. Tired and achy. Occasional cough.

    Daughter, age 6: Tired and sore throat first day. Fever on and off for about 36 hours. Then she woke up yesterday and said: “I feel EXCELLENT!” She still has a cough.

    Daughter, age 4: My hardest hit. She’s also my sugar magnet. She was sick for three days, with fever on and off for 36 hours and vomiting along with the cough. She suddenly turned around yesterday evening. Still has a cough. My husband and I realized she has not been sick since she was 6 months old. This is her first heavy duty illness. We wonder if that had something to do with the severity.

    Twin girls, age 21 months: We were most concerned about them because they are so young, and just little things, but they have fared the best of all! Each had a mild fever for a few hours, and now just an occasional cough at night and runny nose. Other than that, you wouldn’t know they’re sick! They’re running around as usual. I give them little to no sugar, all whole foods, and green smoothies daily. They come running and screaming (with delight) when they hear the blender going every morning.

    The results this week make sense in light of our diets. My husband and two daughters, ages 6 and 4, have had the hardest time with transitioning to all whole foods and reducing meat and dairy. Compared to the others in our family, they eat the least amount of fresh fruits and veggies overall, and much prefer SAD foods if they can get their hands on them- and they do, whenever Daddy is in charge. Still, on the whole, they fared well with the Flu. No trips to the doctor, no medicine at all. Relatively short duration for all of them.

    I had a glimpse of how serious this Flu could be in persons with weaker constitutions. It’s a sneaky little Devil- the fever is off and on- just when you think it’s over, it strikes again, and harder. And then the surprise vomiting for one of ours. This Flu moves fast and furiously. I can see how the congestion could turn into something much more serious for some.

    Myself? I’ve been drinking Green Smoothies for a little over 3 months. I stopped eating all meat and dairy at the same time and now keep it to less than 5%. I was having strange aching in my legs, pain in my tailbone and lower back pain for a year after having my twins. I was also feeling very “unwell” every night. I prayed one night for help- ready to do whatever it took to be well for my family- and not just well, but full of life and energy. I also prayed specifically about the amount of meat that was included in a diet I was undertaking. I had an immediate answer to prayer that night when my Bible opened right up to the Book of Daniel, Chapter 1. Reading this illuminated further what is written in the Word of Wisdom (LDS Doctrine). After that, I experienced a quick succession of people and events that led me to read The Golden Seven Plus One and The China Study. Out of the blue, I felt like I should start my own personal blog (after swearing I didn’t have time for a blog), and through doing that, quickly learned about Green Smoothie Girl. Green Smoothies have made all the difference for me in helping to make my changes permanent. They have literally changed my taste buds, and made it so that I crave living food, know when enough is enough with sugar, and have little to no taste for meat or dairy. What an answer to prayer!! I forgot to mention that all of my pains were erased within 48 hours of making these sudden changes. I know that sounds incredible, but it’s true.

    My cleansing symptoms have been more drawn out than most. I experienced a lot of fatigue and headaches for about 2 months, as well as a surge of acne and hair loss (handfuls in the shower) and was extremely irritable! But I persevered, knowing that these were the answers God led me to. The underlying problems inside were probably more severe than I realized, so the cleansing and rebuilding is taking awhile. I no longer have the fatigue, headaches, or irritability, and my hair loss and acne are finally improving. I woke up one morning a few weeks ago and suddenly wanted to start RUNNING! I run over a mile nearly every morning without getting winded at all. Pretty good for starters! I didn’t have a lot of weight to lose- maybe 15 pounds, but I’ve lost 12 of that.

    Our family’s favorite smoothie: spinach, kale, mango, strawberries, water.

    Thanks for everything!

  74. Anonymous says:

    My husband and I have been drinking green smoothies for about 3 mo now. We both have lots of energy! This morning I noticed my daughter’s home schooling teacher drinking something green. She told me it was a green powder mix and water. Of course I had to ask her if she thought of adding actual greens to it and maybe a little fruit.She said it sounded like a lot of work. Another Mom overheard me and said she makes a fruit smoothie for her son each day and would like him to eat “something green” as he hates vegetables. So, Monday morning I’ll be there with my blender full of green smoothie for all to try!

    I also would like to know the effect of goitrogens in some greens on thyroid function as I take Armour Thyroid and am somewhat concerned. Maybe Robyn could address this. Thanks.

  75. Anonymous says:

    Wow what a wonderful response, I too drink GS and I have added the amazing greens to my morning routine and I may get the start of a soar throat. At once I just up my greens and extra vitamin C. and I feel better the next day.

    Thanks for such a wonder website full of information.

    to everyone’s health

    Rhonda D.

  76. I’ve been drinking green smoothies for little over a month now. 1 quart a day. I’ve not been sick – I even work with kids at the local school. They love to hold hands. So far so good! (I’m not 100% raw or a vegetarian)

  77. Anonymous says:

    of course! they bring vitality and healthiness to your life! thanks for introducing me to green smoothies! all my family are becoming green addicts after reaping the benefits.

  78. Anonymous says:

    Greetings! I’m so happy to participate in this discussion. I’ve been pure vegan for 25 years.. and completely raw for the last 2 years.. I also follow the Ann Wigmore Program of Wheatgrass….Energy soup….and sprouts, etc.

    Every day, except for very rare occasions I drink a complete Vita Mix full of green smoothie (also known as Energy Soup) throughout the day. I have wonderful vibrant energy – and have not been sick since I cannot remember when. Everyone around me at work is sick with colds that last forever.. but I’m fine. I’m on time for work everyday…. handling everyone’s desk while they’re out sick. Imagine, just from eating healthy vegetables in pure nutrition blended form.

    Pure nutrition is the bomb!

  79. Anonymous says:

    i am just getting started with the blender so i dont think i was sick but i would like some copys of smoothies drinks so i can make them thanks you margaret elza

  80. Anonymous says:

    I started making variations of the green stuff since the mid 90s. Have made them for my daughter and for my wife, neither really excited about them. But I rarely get sick, while most I know get the flu shots and get sick. I was really excited when I found GSG so I could show my wife and daughter that there really are others out there who drink what I drink, let alone the fine example Robyn. A little different than trying to convince her with a lumberjack on a video. Cheers and bottoms up!

  81. Anonymous says:

    I have a hard time to digest GS. I have a chronic duodenal ulcer in remission. Every time I drink GS, I get sick for at least 2 days with no energy at all. BTW, I can eat any ingredients of my GS in salad (no blending) with no problem. I’d be happy for any suggestion.

  82. Anonymous says:

    My family just started GS two weeks ago. I had thought that we had a pretty good healthy eating life style until we found out that my 5 year old daughter has nine food allergies! Chicken, turkey, wheat, milk, corn, soy, oat, eggs and peanut. For weeks I was a going crazy trying to figure out what I was going to feed her, she can only eat fruits, veggies, and beef or pork. We found ourselves eating too much meat because of this and I knew there just had to be a healthier way we can go about this diet.

    My husband and I both have asthma and take all kinds of inhalers and meds for the allergies. When I came across your site Robyn, I nearly cried with relief that there was a way to feed my family healthy food and allergen free.

    So far after two weeks I’m over all the fatigue and mild headaches. I’m off coffee which I thought I’d never do but I don’t NEED it to wake up anymore! I sleep better and I pop out of bed to make breakfast. I’ve been trying to wean myself off my meds and so far I can go a day without my inhaler. I will keep you posted on how we are all doing. I have all my “equipment” and I’m ready to go!

    I do have a question for you that I was curious about. What do you feed your kids for lunch? I need some ideas. Breakfast and snacks we have down pretty good but right now I’m working on lunches. My daughter wants hot dogs every day and even though I buy the organic uncured, no nitrites brand it’s still too much to have all the time. I’m trying to wean her to every other day until we can cut back completely.

    Thanks Robyn for all your work!

  83. Anonymous says:

    You bet your bottom dollar! Since beginning green smoothies last year I can only remember 2 separate days of being on the couch ill. I’m sure I’d have avoided that if my diet were closer to whole/raw. However, every one of my friends and their families seem to have been ill for a week at a time and more often. The health affects from Green Smoothies are the best preventative medicine IMO.

  84. Anonymous says:

    I have been drinking green smoothies for over 3 years. It has become a way of life. When I got the flu I feel like it was shorter in duration & severity of symptoms than it would have been had I not been drinking them. Also I have noticed a great improvement in a nagging chronic skin condition that I have had for 20 years.

  85. Anonymous says:

    Pure and simple. I have been about 85% raw for the past 3 years and have been having about 4 green smoothies a week for about 3 months now. Previous to the green smoothies I felt great and now that I am drinking them consistently I feel my immune system stronger than ever. So the answer is a YES! I do get sick less while drinking my green smoothies and will continue to do so for the forever!

  86. Anonymous says:

    Well…we have been doing the green smoothies for about 8 months. I have always been a health freak since I was in my teens. Before that I was fed a pretty basic diet with little meat. I suppose, compared to the general population, I am rarely sick. Of course I NEVER take any medications. I would rather die first!!!

    I haven’t noticed a big change, but others around me are always asking how I have so much energy and how I don’t look my age of 58. I feel like I am about 20. I have been drinking PH water for about that long, too.

    My husband, who doesn’t really like taking supplements, guzzles down the smoothies every day. He has never been sick and has an amazing constitution. I don’t know if the GS are helping him or not because of his excellent health in the first place.

  87. I don’t drink a lot of green smoothies. I tend to eat seasonally based on what I get from the CSA, so in the spring…lotta smoothies. In the summer…lotta fresh tomato sandwiches.

    Starting a couple of years ago, I made more of an effort to go vegetarian. And at the beginning of this year, more vegan. We’re still omni’s but I rarely cook meat at home, and we don’t eat out very much either.

    I went from getting sick many times a year to…well…I haven’t been sick in a year and a half. My son hasn’t been sick either (and he’s been in daycare/preschool). Our 3-person family eats between 25 and 30 pounds a week of produce, and I think that’s a HUGE part of why we stay healthy.

    My company gives me 5 sick days a year, (use or lose), they’re getting their money’s worth from me!

  88. Anonymous says:

    I started drinking Green Smoothies in July on this year. Since drinking them I really haven’t been sick. Maybe a minor allergy or two from dust. I use to work at a cattle auction. Not only do I drink the green smoothies, but I eat lots of fruits and vegetables as well. I’m not totally raw yet. My husband is a hunter and doesn’t like eating meat alone. I can notice a big difference in my metabolism when I’m not eating meat verses when I am eating meat. Other benefits that I’ve noticed since drinking the Green Smoothies: My teeth feel stronger, My skin is clearer. Loadded with energh and need less sleep. Fewer aches and I think any open cuts heal faster.

    My husband likes to drink the smoothies, but my daughter is not yet interested. I’ve tried to encourage her but think she’ll later catch on. She’s 15 and full of vinegar still.

  89. Anonymous says:

    I have been drinking green smoothies now for 29 days, dear hubby for 27, and everyone else (my 5 children) for 26 days!

    My 3 youngest children had EVERY symptom of Swine Flu (we don’t do any vaccines and were definitely not doing that one!). Their symptoms were all there but were very minor and only for 3 days. DH and I felt like our bodies were fighting something, but we never got it. Not even congestion.

    I haven’t had to take an afternoon nap in 3 weeks! That’s huge!

  90. Anonymous says:

    Haven’t been sick for about a year, this is someone that used to get bronchitis every year — that stopped about 2 yrs ago, had asthma as a kid till 18yrs old. I’ve been doing the smoothies for 2 months now. They are so amazing and I find myself not wanting the ‘wrong stuff’. Ok, a Reeses Peanutbutter cup now and then… lol Less ‘meatus eatus’ for me and I cut out dairy pretty much w/this program. The raw organic beets are the bomb!!!!! That and the cool red color to the mix. I’ve been telling everybody about your site and smoothies. Digging the Kale too.

    Thanks Robyn!!!!!

  91. Anonymous says:

    Immediately after I found out about your site, my husband was scheduled for oral surgery–involving two teeth–one was a wisdom tooth that had never come in but the root was wrapped in nerves and now it was infected so they had to open it up. I had 10 days to make a difference. I made green smoothies daily, but being new at it, my husband drank only about 12-20 oz. a day. After surgery the doctor said when he opened up the gum, it looked very bad and he feared the worst–either cancer, or fast growing tumor–making cutting through the nerve necessary–resulting in facial paralysis. But as he got to the bottom, it didn’t look that bad–he was able to save an adjacent tooth, leave a tip of the root so as not to disturb the nerve. Cancer tests were negative, and he cleaned all the infection out. Best possible news. But he said several times, it was a very rough surgery and my husband would have lots and lots of swelling and and be very, very black and blue all the way down the neck. RESULTS: My husband had almost no pain–took 1/4 the meds, he had only a tiny bit of swelling–size of a marble–and no bruising at all anywhere. He was up working every day and went to church on what was supposed to be his worst day. Only difference, he seemed to need a nap each day. I believe the green smoothies made the difference. I add citrus to each smoothie.

  92. Anonymous says:

    Between my greens, aloe, exercise. and eating as healthy as I can I am rarely sick. I’m sure God and the immune system he gave me helps too, but working around sick kids daily gives me lots of exposure and I am gratefully seldom down with illness.

  93. Anonymous says:

    I have been drinking green smoothies every day since Memorial day weekend. So far, I have lost 10 pounds, and my skin no longer has dry patches (eczema, I guess). I have been sick August, September, and I’m sick right now (end of October). I had a sinus infection, strep, and now who knows (flu?- though it feels more like a sinus infection). I haven’t taken any antibiotics. It may seem discouraging- but this is pretty normal for me (sick about once every month except in summer when it is allergies). I have been at the end of my rope for several years and have been looking for the right answer for my body. I have followed the advice of Sally Fallon and the Weston Price foundation (which I still respect), but I believe that I have had too much emphasis on fat, meat, and dairy (even though it has been raw/cultured). I put on 30 pounds and remained as sick as ever. It has not been until I started drinking green smoothies and adding more raw into my diet that I have felt a change. Even though I already do a lot of the 12 steps (kefir, sourdough, sporatic sprouting, saurkraut, natural sweetners, gardening, and whole grains), I am starting from the beginning and absorbing the details that I am obviously missing. Thank you for giving me the courage to stand strong in my desire to be like Daniel in the Bible. I already stick out with my family, church, community, but I see that there are a lot of you out there.

  94. Anonymous says:

    Sonja: you may want to try cleansing enemas and colonics.. That will HELP tremendously get the icky stuff out of your system without making your liver work even harder than its already doing.

    It will also help you to feel better sooner.. You’re detoxing honey. It may not feel good right now.. but you need it desperately.

    take good care,


  95. Thanks, Pat. I just learned about raw kelp noodles and ordered some. Can’t wait to try them. I’m sure my thyroid will love them and they will make a nice side dish for a green smoothie meal.

  96. Anonymous says:

    I too have been healthier and stronger since I began green smoothies last Christmas. So are my kids, no colds or flue or ear infections anymore and I see a strong correlation with milk consumption. Cutting milk out of our diets made a huge difference already and my kids love smoothies. I disguise the greens with a lot of purple and red fruit in their smoothies.

    Note – if you’re eating the healthiest foods you can think of and your body gives you pain, cramping, diarrhea etc – it’s time to STOP ALL EATING, rest, drink plenty of water and let the body clean up first before you burden it with digestion again. Refer to natural hygiene re: how and why etc. on



  97. Anonymous says:

    For Patti and anyone else who is concerned about the goitrogens in the greens, also strawberries.

    At the time I started GS I was diagnosed slightly hypothyroid, but not yet on any meds. I was less energetic than usual, felt a bit sluggish, and was hopeful the GS would help.

    For the first 2 weeks on them I felt wonderful, but then suddenly I went downhill. Very fatigued, bowels slowed down and I developed terrible constipation worse than any I’ve ever had. I just felt plain awful. Had a colonoscopy to check for problems, was given the all clear, but the doc said it’s possible that being hypothyroid could have caused it (he did not know I had been diagnosed hypothyroid).

    In fact, my whole digestive system had almost stopped. I wasn’t able to eat much food without feeling uncomfortable because the peristaltic action of the digestive tract had slowed considerably, which happens with hypothyroidism.

    It finally dawned on me that all the greens and also the strawberries were full of goitrogens and most likely were a major factor in how I was feeling. They contain a substance that binds to iodine and prevents it’s uptake into the thyroid, thereby resulting in reduced thyroid hormones, which are made from iodine.

    So I reluctantly quit drinking the GS and after a few weeks I gradually started improving. I was afraid to use raw greens after that for quite awhile unless they were cooked, which reduces the goitrogen content.

    Lately I will have 2 smoothies/week and do throw some green stuff in there in smaller amounts. I figure I’m getting the benefit of the nutrients even though I’m not eating them every day, in addition to the salads and cooked vegetables I eat.

    I also have to question the ‘naturalness’ of humans eating a predominantly raw diet, or eating greens in their raw state so frequently, and out of their season. What human would regularly chomp on the tough leaves of kale or some of the other difficult greens? Is it possible Heavenly Father intended some of these to be cooked, or at the very least to be eaten in their season? I have seen nothing in the Bible or WOW that focuses on raw food as a preferred way of eating. Certainly, it has it’s place for a period of cleansing every so often. Moderation in all things seems wise, even with ‘healthy’ foods.

    It is well known that one can develop a sensitivity to any food if it’s eaten often enough, hence the advice to those with allergies to never eat the same food more often than every 4 days, so as not to sensitize the body to it.

    That said, for a short period I did feel well on the GS, but those with a tendency towards thyroid problems need to be aware that the goitrogens in the greens can have an adverse effect.

  98. Anonymous says:

    family of 4, I am only one who drinks a green smoothie for breakfast and a superfood green smoothie for lunch. do not get sick anymore, even tho my family still does.

  99. O.K. maybe you won’t believe this, but I sure do. Over the last couple weeks many of my friends have been down with a terrible virus. I don’t know what it is officially called, but the symptoms are a raw sore throat, sneezing, running nose, vomiting, head ache, body aches, and extreem fatigue. Although I had a bit of scratchy through and slight mucus, I neve went into the full blown thing. I felt a bit peaked so I had less soothies with fruit and more with tomatoes, onion, garlic, and cayenne. I’m well after only a couple of easy days. Some are still down and counting. BTW–We’ve been green smoothie-ing for about 2 1/2 months. We drink 1 or 2 quarts per day. I’ve lost 10 pounds. My skin is clearer and free of acne (unless I fudge and eat chocolate). Some wrinkles are smoothing out. Digetion issues are better. My son has gained back his health from his bout with H1N1 last summer, where he lost over 15 lbs. His acne is clearing. My husband has lost nearly 15 lbs and looks much healthier. We all feel happier and more energetic.

  100. Anonymous says:

    Well, I have succeed to get my family hooked up on green smoothies. We just started a few months ago and have been drinking them about 3-4 times a week. I still think we put too much fruit in them to get used to the green taste but kids love them. I do however have a concern about raw foods being treated with lots of chemicals. I cannot afford buying everything organic. I wonder if anyone has an opinion on this. As far as being sick, it seems to me our family is doing much better this flu season than we did last year.

  101. Anonymous says:

    Hey there Robyn! I def have to agree! I dont get sick AT ALL anymore. I have been ‘green smoothie-ing” (lol) since last November and I have not been sick. Everyone in my place of business (I work in close quarters in a nursing home), residents and staff have had multiple colds and flus this year, and I have not had ONE. That is saying something, due to the fact that the residents of the nursing home are elderly and frail and often sick. There are also “superbugs” at work, such as MRSA and others, and thank goodness, I have been germ/sick free. I encourage everyone to try green smoothies and incorporate them into your daily routine.

  102. Anonymous says:

    did I see an address where I could send for sourdough bread starter somewhere on your site? I can’t find it anywhere. sure would like to get some. thanks.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Jenni here, GSG Admin,

      Hi Leonard,
      Yes! Here is a link to the blog post you are looking for.

      Have a great day!

  103. Anonymous says:

    I have been gardening for 52 years and raise very nutrient dense foods. I use mined humates ( coal which never finished turning to coal 72 minerals and micronutrients) which hold your plant foods in the root zone and changes them to an available form. We eat and drink a lot of raw garden

    fruits and vegies. Hardly ever get sick. Have a 30 by 70 straw berry patch

    5300 berry plants all in grow pot stacks from knee hi to eye level. We picked the last berries of the season last sunday ( my grand girls think they are candy) . we have been picking 20 gals per week all sumer. I love it

  104. Anonymous says:

    our family got the swine flu from friends who visited from out of state in August.

    We drank green smoothies with whole lemon the whole time. Most of us had a few days of high fever, cough, headache, and intense muscle aches.

    We felt much worse several years ago with a bout of flu in Texas, in our pre-green smoothie days.

    The combination of greens and a whole lemon (rinds and all), seems to help with any sickness, as far as I can see.

  105. Anonymous says:

    Healthier for sure!! pH Miracle diet (like Nancy!) beginning Oct 2003…juicing, raw, vegan…lightened the load on husband’s compromised liver. His longterm Hep C (newly diagnosed then) under control very quickly. NO drugs of any kind. Lost 100 lbs between us (him 60 – me 40).

    Discovered Victoria Boutenko a year or so after that…and began GS. VitaMix made that so much easier and tastier. Found GSG this year when a subscriber to my green newsletter wrote to ask me if i knew about Robyn.

    We’re MUCH healthier, need less sleep and have lots of energy. (Hubs does have bad allergies this season to ragweed and cedar…really bad here in west TX this fall. So he’s finally taking some Claritin after trying all the nose gadgets…etc)

    Both in our 50s. Swine Flu is rampant here in TX…neither of us has any sign of it. Have never had flu shots. Not starting now.

    Drink up!! Thanks, Robyn!!

  106. Anonymous says:

    Hello, I want to make a comment about our smoothy drink….my husband has mantle cell lymphoma, was diagnosed in 2007, we understand that it will come back. But maybe by drinking the green smoothies every day, we will keep it hidden as another lady put it so nicely.

    I gather weeds from our garden, stinging nettles also parsley, garlic chives, in the summer lambs quarters and dandilion. We add spinach and an apple, tastes great. I noticed that my stye is gone, had it for a year, also fungus under toenail.We are in our seventies, that is all the benefit so far. We will continue with this indeffinitely. I grow wheatgrass inside the house, we make carrot – wheatgrass juice once a week.

    Sincerely Hildegard

  107. Anonymous says:

    I have been drinking Green Smoothies daily for breakfast for almost 2 years now. My green smoothies follows the following: 1 fruit, 1 -2 cups water, 2 huge handfuls of greens/lettuce. Cut out sugar except raw honey and fruits, and have drastically reduced fried foods, and down to 1 serving of animal protein a day.

    Feeling so healthy and vibrant. Have only been sick once since starting daily GS. Now I tan and don’t burn – even when on vacation in the Caribbean (where I used green powder in daily smoothies).

  108. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Cindy for all the info. I have been doing some research on goitregens and realize I have quite a few in my diet. I am altering my GS by using only greens without goitregens (i.e. romaine, celery and field greens so far) as I would hate to not have it everyday!

  109. Anonymous says:

    I’m in college, and what passes for nutrition in our college cafeteria is a joke/nightmare. We have more varieties of milk (4 different kinds) than we do leafy green vegetables (2–baby spinach, and an iceberg salad mix which is mostly nutritionally useless anyway). In the past week, they’ve served pork with almost every meal! There are only three kinds of juice available, but like 10 different kinds of sodas. There are typically only three different kinds of fruit available. Apples, oranges, and bananas. And sometimes they’re not great looking, and sometimes they only have apples or oranges.

    I just recently started down the green smoothie path. So far this winter I haven’t been sick. ( : I’ve shared the smoothies with several friends and they all love them. They’re so surprised when I tell them all the benefits of what they’re drinking. Most of them don’t even have a clue as to what kale is, or turnip greens, but when they look up the nutritional content they’re floored.

    Thanks for sharing so much of your knowledge with others.



  110. I have been drinking green smoothies faithfully every morning since the first week of June, 2009. I have not been sick one time since then, not one sniffle. I also take 5000 iu of Vitamin D3 daily, along with Omega 3 and a good multivitamin. One son works at McDonalds and the other is in college. I am disabled with severe nerve damage and technically am at greater risk to get sick. Except I don’t. Yay!!

    My current recipe:

    5-6 cups of mixed greens

    1 Roma tomato

    1 frozen banana

    1/3 cucumber

    1/2 cup grapes

    1 plum

    1/2 cup water

    1 Tbs. local honey

    Yummy! This makes 32oz or more, depending on how much water I put in.

  111. Anonymous says:

    hi ,,i feel i need help with hypothyroid (blood test results) and high cholesterol, i am also over weight by about 20 lbs,,, will the green smoothie diet help with hypothyroidism and what book should follow for for my weight and thyroid…. i don’t want to go on medicine for it……help please….tammy

  112. Anonymous says:

    Jan McCune, Yes, I am your 2nd recommendation to do a liver cleanse. I have been through a lot of the same issues and good gracious, you will be AMAZED at what you eliminate from your liver in a liver cleanse. Hulda Clark has a great one that helped me flush over 250 gall and liver stones. May also be helpful not to combine your greens and fruits. For those of us working through digestive issues, it’s easier for the system to digest fruits by themselves…don’t combine fruit with other foods. Hope this helps.

  113. Anonymous says:

    I used to get sick constantly~ I started drinking green smoothies in June and have kept up the good habit. We did not get flu shots, hubby doesn’t drink green smoothies, he has been sick twice and I haven’t been sick since before June. I know this is making a HUGE difference~ I do hair and around people most every day~

    Karla 🙂

  114. Anonymous says:

    Just getting a good start with green smoothies. I appreciate the information you put out, it has been a great help in understanding the ins and outs of this most healthy way of eating.

    I have subscribed to several other sights but rely mostly on your information. Thanks for being so willing to provide this information.

    I am a retired seventy six year old who can use all the help I can get to keep my health. once again thanks.

  115. Anonymous says:

    Have been doing GS all summer, fall to date and have not been sick this year in spite of my whole family getting sick.

    I used to have sinus problems and would get an infection that would last for months. I contribute this to my daily green smoothie as well as breaking free of wheat (which I found I am alergic too through the process of illimination).

    Now starting the day with a green smoothie has the same effect on me that the 4 cups of coffee had previously with no side effects! Best decision nutritionaly I ever made!

  116. Anonymous says:

    I have not been sick since I started this 5 months ago. I work in a building with about 600 people and we share the same break room. I made it through flu season with no shot and no flu while I was seeing people go home daily, sick as sick can be. I have lost 30 lbs. I sleep better with needing less sleep. I have always thought of myself as a healthy person but have never felt this good. I drink three quarts a day and staying about 70% raw. give or take a little due to the holidays. This is also the first holiday season in my life I did not gane weight. I wish I had started this 20 years ago.

  117. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for all this information about eating whole foods! It has truely been a blessing for my family and me.

    But after being on the green smoothie (1 quart a day) then eating fairly healthy with no chemical additives and little animal protien in my diet I am still feeling pretty sick all the time. Dizzy, almost passing out, nausiated, headaches, and migraines, etc. Each of one my symptoms is in your green smoothie book in the detox section. I understand I am detoxing, but would like to know on average how long do these symptoms tend to last?In the book it says short term, but after two weeks I still feel the same.

    I can already tell a big difference in my body already! Although I am coughing more, I can tell my asthma is clearing up, air is “soaking” in my lungs easier. I can tell my body is really craving and needing greensmoothies and healthy eating so I don’t want to quit, and not to mention if those chemicals are making me feel this way to go off of them I obviously should not keep ingesting them. But I would like to know how long others have felt this way. Is there anything I can do to make this transition period easier?

    Thanks in advance for any tips!


  118. DenRA says:

    When a person has a green drink regularly they will benefit in many different ways in overall health which will benefit not only flu but everything! I have been extremely busy until recently and see this post was 2009 and ha ha! its 2013! I get alot of e-mails and was just today searching for something else and ran across this! Green drinks have all the nutrients our blood require so they build the blood up when people are anemic and have a cleansing ability also as well supplying massive amounts of vitamins,minerals and enzymes .Thank you for what you do! 😀 ~~~

  119. Darlene says:

    I am 65 years old. Since menopause, I had issues with an overactive bladder. Could not quite make it to the bathroom, in the middle of the night, without some leakage. I have been on organic green smoothies made from kale and pineapple, for about a week now. After the first day, that issue was 85% better. Now I rarely have a problem. Has any one else experienced relief from urinary incontinence after being on GS?

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