It’s not easy drinking green: chlorophyll and the detox
I’m sure some of you have looked at my goals for this month, saw ‘drink chlorophyll‘ and immediately wondered, why? It may be that you haven’t heard the word chlorophyll since grade nine science class. I have been drinking chlorophyll to help increase my body’s detoxification process. Many of my glasses end up with a green tint to them and when I wash them (we don’t have a dishwasher) the water turns greenish. I’ve managed to have chlorophyll every day so far, except for one. 10/11 isn’t bad.
What is chlorophyll? Consider chlorophyll like the life blood of plants. It is the vital component that allows plants to turn light into energy, otherwise known as photosynthesis. (There’s that flash from grade nine science again!)
Chlorophyll has been known to have health benefits for humans, with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, chlorophyll can help speed healing. Oddly enough, one molecule of chlorophyll is virtually identical to a hemoglobin molecule from human blood! This makes chlorophyll very adept at oxygenating red blood cells. It helps remove drug residue from the body and also helps to get rid of pollutants more quickly. This has made chlorophyll a very popular supplement for smokers. There are also some claims that chlorophyll is an anti-carcinogen because of its ability to fight free radicals that may cause cancers. Along with all of these potentially amazing health benefits, it’s renowned for its apparent body odour elimination capabilities.
The chlorophyll I’ve been using is in the liquid form. In order to be stable in this form, it must be mixed with something like vegetable oil. Mine has chlorophyll, water and vegetable glycerin on the ingredients label. Other ways to consume it include freeze dried or fresh from source, like eating some alfalfa sprouts, although it won’t be as potent. I have to say, I have trouble drinking my serving every day. Chlorophyll is NOT that tasty. They do produce flavoured varieties, I’ve mostly seen mint. I tried that one…it was even worse! If you have trouble with your chlorophyll, just dilute it in a lot of water. That way you are getting your water intake and chlorophyll intake for the day. I’m also thinking that when I need to replenish my chlorophyll supply that I will look for the tablets. I didn’t see them the last time I went looking, but perhaps I’ll be able to find them now that I know what I’m looking for. With all of these benefits, I definitely want to find a way to take my daily dose of chlorophyll for the rest of the year, and not hate doing it.
Do you take a chlorophyll supplement? Any tips?