You know chlorophyll as the substance in plants that gives them the green pigment and keeps them healthy. But did you know that we can benefit from chlorophyll, too? Let me introduce you to chlorophyll water!
Yes, chlorophyll water is a thing, and it can do a lot! Not only is this water good for your overall health. It also offers a lot for your skin.
If you're looking for a holistic approach to dealing with your skin, you best get some of this water.
To learn more about chlorophyll water, how to make it, and what the 5 amazing skin benefits are, read on!
What Is Chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll in plants does more than just give green pigment. It is essential for photosynthesis, allowing plants to absorb energy from light. It's like the blood of plants that keeps them alive. So, yes, chlorophyll is vital to plants.
But we are not plants. So, what does this green pigment have to do with our health?
When added to our diet, chlorophyll can contribute to the alkaline environment in the body. Meaning, it can naturally help with all kinds of health issues, from odor control to cancer prevention.
The best part about chlorophyll is that it helps level-up our skin care regimen. How? We're not plants that naturally have chlorophyll. But since we humans have a tendency of skirting around Mother Nature's design, we can now consume chlorophyll.
How To Make Chlorophyll Water
To make chlorophyll water, you will need liquid chlorophyll. I recommend using Nature’s Sunshine as the brand for your liquid chlorophyll. I have tried making chlorophyll water with the liquid chlorophyll from this brand. You will certainly get the chlorophyll you need without any chemicals or preservatives that will disrupt its efficacy. Plus, it comes in a large 16fl. Oz. container for such a low price!
You can mix in a glass of filtered water a few drops of chlorophyll and a big squeeze of lemon. To spice it up a bit, you can add ice cubes. You can also infuse it with stevia, orange slices, frozen berries, fresh mint leaves, cucumber — the options are endless.
The taste might not be as of a chocolate milkshake. But when you get used to it, and as they say, "when you know your whys," the taste of chlorophyll water won't be an issue.
Skin Benefits Of Chlorophyll Water
Now that we have a general idea of how chlorophyll water can be useful to us, it is now time to understand its skin benefits! Here is an overview of the 5 skin benefits chlorophyll water offers:
- Supplies magnesium
- Cleanses the blood
- Speeds up acne and wound healing
- Reduces risks for skin cancer
- Vitamins A, C, E, and K
Read on to know more about these benefits!
1. Supplies Magnesium
As mentioned, chlorophyll is basically like the blood of the plants. It is very similar to the humans' hemoglobin — the red blood cells that transport oxygen to your blood. The only difference between them is that in hemoglobin, the central mineral is iron. In chlorophyll, it is magnesium.
Magnesium is essential to your skin as it helps to get oxygen to all the skin cells. According to a study, magnesium deficiency is linked to red and itchy skin. Because it leads to lower levels of fatty acids, a lower level of magnesium can often be the cause of reduced elasticity and dry, inflamed skin.
Also, it stimulates anti-aging enzymes and encourages healthy and youthful skin. So sip on your chlorophyll water to ensure your body is supplied with magnesium. This will give you firmer, tighter, and overall healthier skin while keeping wrinkles at bay.
2. Cleanses the Blood
When chlorophyll enters the body, it engages in many processes, and one of them is rebuilding and replenishing the red blood cells. Furthermore, it attaches to toxins and heavy metals and removes them from your blood.
Besides cleansing your blood, drinking chlorophyll water can help cleanse your liver from built-up toxins such as heavy metals, poisons, and medications.
You know when you see someone who has radiant and blemish-free skin, and you think, "This person looks so healthy?" The reason behind this is that our skin's appearance is often reflecting our overall health.
Therefore to cleanse your skin, you need to cleanse your blood and organs first. And that is where chlorophyll water comes in handy.
3. Speeds Up Acne And Wound Healing
Chlorophyll increases your blood's oxygen-carrying capacity. This increase means more oxygen in the cells and faster wound healing. Since acne lesions are basically wounds, chlorophyll water would then help speed up cell recovery, clearing skin faster.
Chlorophyll also has natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. These properties mean that it helps prevent scarring and infections by killing germs while soothing skin redness and swelling.
Plus, sipping on chlorophyll water gives you its alkaline properties. These properties can fight candida and other fungal infections.
4. Reduces Risks For Skin Cancer
Sun damage and oxidation are the leading causes of skin cancer. What drinking chlorophyll water can do for you in this regard is very interesting.
From above, we know that chlorophyll has the remarkable ability to soak up sunlight. Even when this green pigment is pressed from the plants, chlorophyll maintains this ability. In other words, when you drink chlorophyll water, the green pigment will absorb sunlight and help protect your skin from harmful UV rays!
You might still be skeptical about how great this news is. To help ease your doubt, a study from 2007 helps backup chlorophyll water's legibility in sun protection. The study investigated the role of diet in the development of skin cancer. The researchers found that those who ate at least 3 servings of dark leafy greens regularly reduced their risk of skin cancer by up to 55%. And that's a lot!
Note, however, that chlorophyll is not a replacement for sunscreen. Consider chlorophyll water as a cherry on top of your trusty sunscreen. Though it's great for your skin, it's not enough to keep you protected.
5. Vitamins A, C, E, and K
Vitamin A, C, E, and K are your top fighters in the battle against wrinkles. And guess what? All of these vitamins are abundant in chlorophyll water.
Your biggest enemy in battling aging is free radicals. They are responsible for the lines and loss of youthful volume characteristic of aging skin.
Luckily the antioxidants in Vitamin A and C are skilled assassins of free radicals. Also, Vitamin E helps reduce UV damage to the skin. And this function of Vitamin E is essential since UV damage is mostly to blame for premature aging.
Do note though that sun exposure reduces Vitamin E levels in the skin. Meaning, you need to supply yourself with enough of this vitamin for it to be effective.
And finally, if you want to put the breaks on dark under-eye circles, Vitamin K in chlorophyll water will give you a hand. Poor circulation of blood increases the appearance of dark under-eye circles. And since Vitamin K helps with blood circulation, this vitamin can really help banish those dark circles.
To Wrap It Up
It is wondrous how the marvel of technology and the human mind has made it possible for us to benefit from so many of nature's creations. Long ago, it was unthinkable that we could extract, let alone consume plants' chlorophyll. Now, this green pigment is helping people all around the world!
Besides the liquid form we talked about, you can find chlorophyll in capsules, which I haven't tried yet. These capsules might be easier to consume (convenience and taste-wise), but the body absorbs liquids better.
You may find that drinking green water doesn't at all sound sexy to you. That's alright. But you are likely to still want to harness the benefits of chlorophyll. Eating a chlorophyll-rich diet will do the same for you. Consume more dark leafy greens and fresh herbs. Regularly consume these, and your skin will look its best in no time.
Wheatgrass is also a member of the chlorophyll family, and I can't wait to tell you more about it in a future post.
Have you tried chlorophyll water? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!