Why Hollywood’s Wellness Obsessed Celebs Are All About This Green Juice Hack

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Actress Drew Barrymore attends Beautycon Festival LA 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on July 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic) Getty Images

It’s easy being green! Wellness enthusiasts including Drew Barrymore and Zac Efron work a green juice into their routine with a surprisingly simple hack — they drop a tablet into water.

#beautyjunkieweek Start your Monday or any day off with these two beauty inducing drinkable ways. @8greens has an amazing way to get your vital veggies in and @sakaralife has the most beautiful balancing rose water that tastes like your drinking flowers. Every time I indulge in these good practices, I know I am doing something good for myself, but I also feel like a pretty responsible grown up. I’m doing a ritual which almost seems like someone else. I am always running around like a chicken with my head cut off. And I see these women who are like in nice clothes with hair done talking about a tea spoon of this, and just whip this amazing bowl together!? And I’m like “why am I this crazy chicken?” But I can put some stuff in water and feel good about myself and picture that I am in light linen clothes and I have my s!$t together! Just doing one thing that seems regal and heathy is good! Back to the chicken 🐔 on fire for the day! Happy Monday everyone. #FLOWERPRESS @flowerbeauty @walmart @ultabeauty

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“Start your Monday or any day off with these two beauty inducing drinkable ways … @8greens has an amazing way to get your vital veggies in and @sakaralife has the most beautiful balancing rose water that tastes like your drinking flowers,” Barrymore captioned a May 2018 Instagram post. “Every time I indulge in these good practices, I know I am doing something good for myself, but I also feel like a pretty responsible grown up. I’m doing a ritual which almost seems like someone else.”

“I have an 8greens every day,” Efron is quoted saying on the company’s site.

According to 8greens, once the tablet fizzes, it turns plain H20 into a supercharged green juice that includes eight nutrient-rich ingredients — kale, spinach, spirulina, blue green algae, aloe vera, chlorella, wheat grass and barley grass. Other brands are getting in on the trend, too. Case in point: Amazing Grass Green Superfood tablets which claim to each contain one full serving of vegetables. And some companies, like Athletic Greens, are creating loose powders, instead of tablets, that you simply have to scoop and mix into a cup of a water.

Jeffrey Morrison, MD, founder of The Morrison Center Holistic and Integrative Medicine in New York City, explains that opting for a green powder to get your daily dose of vegetables is a healthy alternative to the real thing. “If you can’t get fresh organic greens, an organic green powder is actually a good source of antioxidants and phytonutrients,” he explains.

There’s a reason green juices didn’t phase out as a fad: “Greens are crucial to healthy diet and digestion for many reasons. In particular, they are full of phytonutrients and antioxidants that help the body to fight off diseases. And the fiber from greens — like celery, kale, and spinach — are essential to colon health,” explains Morrison.

Despite the popularity of easy-to-use green powders and tablets, some celebrities still like to take the time to create fresh DIY versions. In Juice Generation’s 100 Recipes For Fresh Juices and Superfood Smoothies, A-listers from Kristen Bell to Blake Lively and Michelle Williams also swear by going green in their diet. “I am obsessed with any and all green juices,” Williams says in the 2014 book. “I can’t think of anything this easy to do that makes me feel this good.”

Drinking greens makes getting a mix of veggies easy, but is the nutritional payoff the same as eating a plate full of them? “Pitfalls of juicing are that all of the fiber is removed and generally, fruits are mixed into the greens for taste, significantly increasing sugar, in some cases to levels seen in soft drinks,” says Morrison. To avoid this downside, choose mostly green vegetables and only add low quantities of fruit, such as a half of a small apple.

Along with including a diverse medley of greens when juicing, Morrison suggests quality is also essential. “Choose organic, grown without chemical pesticides,” he recommends. “This forces the vegetable to produce higher amounts of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which you’ll benefit from.”

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