Nutritional Therapy:

What happens at a consultation

The power of green plants in healing has been recognized throughout history. Green, the colour associated with spring, is primarily characterized by the power of renewal.

Green food supplements are made from grasses or algae and are rich in chlorophyll which give them their green colour. All plants contain at least some chlorophyll; it has been referred to as the "blood of plants" Chlorophyll rich foods have the action of building the blood, renewing tissues, strengthening the body’s cells and organs and help us stay slim and fit as they have fat burning compounds. Chlorophyll has been shown to stop bacterial growth; counteract yeast and fungi; counteract radiation and detoxify the body of drugs and carcinogens. It can also help to reduce inflammation in the body such as sore throats, stomach inflammation, skin inflammation and arthritis. Chlorophyll supports the liver – the body’s detoxifying organ so it helps to counteract the toxic effects of modern western dietary habits. Green superfoods also contain a wide range of nutrients including iron and B vitamins, and beta-carotene which help protect and heal our bodies from illness and disease.

Micro algae
These algae contain more chlorophyll than any other foods. All algae are rich in easily assimilated protein, minerals, vitamins, GLA, Omega 3 fatty acids and nucleic acids (RNA and DNA which benefit all cell renewal and reverse the ageing process). Spirulina has one of the richest protein contents of all natural foods. It can be useful for vegans and vegetarians who may lack adequate protein in their diets. Spirulina has cleansing and detoxifying properties and people who are weak with poor digestion can benefit due to the nutrients being easily digested and absorbed. It is thought spirulina can help control blood sugar and cravings, obesity and over eating and improve mental capacity. It can also help strengthen body tissues especially connective tissues. You can mix 1 teaspoon in juice first thing in the morning for a refreshing pick me up.

Chlorella is a fresh water algae. It is rich in many nutrients including protein, vitamin B12, zinc and iron. It can help boost your immune system, get rid off viral infections and fungal overgrowth, balance blood sugar, reduce cholesterol and prevent hardening of the arteries. It has a more gentle detoxifying action than spirulina.

Wild blue-green algae contains virtually every nutrient going – vitamins, minerals, amino acids, live enzymes and protein, B vitamins. This algae can help you think better and improve your memory, boost your mood, strengthen your immune system and help with viruses, yeast overgrowth, colds and flus. It can also help with MS and arthritis. It is great if you eat on the go, feel tired all the time or need to lose weight.

    A few notes on taking Algae:
  • Digestive upset or mild headache may indicate a mild healing reaction
  • The more toxins you have in your system, the more slowly you should increase the dose
  • Take between meals for an energy boost
  • Take for a maximum of five or six days a week

Algae are more readily digested in powder form, especially those with weak digestive systems. The powder may be mixed with apple juice; fruit puree; soup; or plain water once you are accustomed to the flavour (this takes about two weeks).

Cereal Grasses
Alfalfa grass is most commonly used for detoxifying and enriching the liver, assisting weight loss, strengthening and purifying the blood,

aiding digestion and boosting the immune system. It is high in vitamin and minerals and a very good source of calcium.

Green barley grass and wheat grass are great detoxifiers for the body. The healing properties of these 2 grasses are practically identical, although barley grass is slightly more easily digestible. They are full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes and soluble fibre to aid almost everything that goes on in our bodies including the absorption of nutrients.

Green barley grass has as much protein as meat and 11 times the calcium of cow’s milk, five times the iron of spinach and seven times more Vitamin C than orange juice! It helps protect against radiation, pollution, cancer, boosts energy, has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-ageing properties, helps lower cholesterol and strengthens your immune system. It can also help with anaemia, PMT, yeast imbalance and heavy metal toxicity.

Wheat grass has been described as “the richest nutritional liquid known to man”. It provides exceptional nourishment, aids digestion, balances hormones and enhances immunity and weight loss. Wheat grass juice can protect the lungs and blood from water and air pollution, toxins and smoke. It can help with numerous medical conditions such as arthritis, constipation, fatigue, ulcers and anaemia.

Sea Vegetables
Sea Vegetables or Seaweeds have been eaten in the Far East for thousands of years. They contain more minerals than any other food source. They can contain up to ten times more calcium than cows milk and eight times more iron as beef. Sea Vegetables are usually sold in dried form, you can rinse them and soak them and they will become soft again. They can be used to flavour all sorts of dishes. It is a good idea to try to incorporate them into your diet a couple of times per week. Make some sushi, add to casseroles and soups. You can buy in supermarkets and health food shops – don’t worry about sourcing from your local beach! Sea vegetables are called Arame, Dulse, Nori, Wakame, Hijiki, Kelp and Kombu.

Tip – when cooking beans from dried – throw a strip of seaweed into the pot. It will absorb the gas from the beans. So no flatulence after your bean feast!

A supplement not a substitute - It should be noted that in order to fully benefit from green food products, poor diet and lifestyle habits must be addressed. If you use these foods as a substitute for eating a wide variety of vegetables and wholegrain foods, you will not feel their full effect. Eat your greens in your everyday food! Try to include generous helpings of green foods in your diet to counteract environmental toxins and provide a wide range of nutrients. These green superfoods can be bought as liquid, powder, tablets and capsules. It is always best to consult with a qualified practitioner for help with your particular condition.

Also don`t forget your green leafy vegetable superfoods – most people do not eat enough of them but their nutritional value is fantastic! Try to introduce them regularly into your diet rocket salad, chicory, collards, endive, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, parsley, spinach and watercress. Use in salads, soups, stirfry or juice.

References: Paul Pritchford – Healing with Wholefoods