Green reminds us of spring, the time when green nature renews, regenerates, and replenishes. This glowing green represents the LOVE system of health.
We can all benefit by applying the rejuvenating principles of the heartfelt, green essence of the LOVE system to our daily lives. The LOVE system, as I describe in my book, Whole Detox, is represented by green, self-love, the heart and lungs, and green-colored foods. The color green in various forms is associated with numerous health benefits, including decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and improved blood pressure. Here are a few ways to harness the power of green:
Use green light to soothe the heart: In traffic, we are used to the green light signaling us to “go”! In terms of our bodies, it can help our heart to go forward and flow better. Researchers have discovered some fascinating links associating green with the heart. An Austrian experiment found that exposing people to green fluorescent light seemed to have a soothing effect on their hearts, positively affecting heart rate variability (HRV). People who endure continual worry and anxiety seem to have decreased HRV, which is also associated with a number of disorders, including congestive heart failure. If exposure to green light increases HRV, we can determine that green light likely has heart-protective effects.
Boost cardiovascular health by walking through green nature: Consider trying the Japanese technique of “forest bathing.” Known as shinrin-yoku, or “taking in the forest atmosphere,” recent research has ratified the cardiovascular benefits of this green practice. Forest environments were found to promote lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, greater parasympathetic nerve activity, and lower sympathetic nerve activity than do city environments.
Invite love into your home or office with green plants: Bring the green to you in the form of plants at home or at work. Even a small representative of something green—living, growing, sprouting—can bring the expansiveness of love and compassion into an everyday world that may feel like it’s collapsing down on you. Consider an herb garden in your kitchen window or a potted fern on your desk—anything to which you can direct love and feel love coming back in return.
Eat sprouts, leafy greens, or other green-colored foods for health-boosting effects: On a nutritional level, green foods like spirulina or chlorella are associated with a host of health benefits, including decreased blood pressure, lower risk of obesity, and reduction of oxidative stress. In addition, green foods contain an essential nutrient known as folate. This nutrient, along with vitamin B6 and B12, is needed to lower levels of a compound known as homocysteine in the blood. Studies indicate that there is a correlation between blood homocysteine levels and the incidence of heart disease. Examples of green-colored foods include asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, chard, greens (dandelion, mustard, kale, spinach, etc.), watercress, avocado, and zucchini.
Truly, bringing in more of the color green may bring many healing results into your life, on a physical, mental, and emotional health level. “Infuse more green LOVE into my daily life” would be an excellent—and thematic!—goal. All systems GO!