A Hydration Trend From Juice Bars and Yoga Studios: Chlorophyll Water

Chlorophyll water is a current trend in trendy juice bars and earth-loving yoga studios all over the country| but is there any truth behind the hydrating hype?

What Is It?

Everyone who passed fourth-grade science knows what chlorophyll is; it’s the molecule in plants that gives them their green hue| absorbs light from the sun| and uses that energy to make their own food photosynthesis ring a bell| anyone? Chlorophyll naturally occurs in the dark green veggies that boost your immunity and support your healthy life| but many people are starting to take things a step further by adding liquid chlorophyll drops (found in health-food stores) to their water.

What Are the Benefits?

Many alternative medicine circles swear by liquid chlorophyll’s power to remove heavy metals from the body| neutralize the toxins and pollution our bodies absorb every day| and enhance energy levels. Some people believe that liquid chlorophyll has an alkalizing effect on water that may help the body absorb water better over time| including celebrity trainer Dalton Wong| who trains Jennifer Lawrence when she’s in the UK. When they’re prepping for the red carpet| he recommends that Jennifer sips on water pumped up with liquid chlorophyll to balance and detoxify her body.

As for the benefits backed by science| chlorophyllin (a water-soluble derivative of chlorophyll) has been used as an internal deodorant to eliminate bad body odor and heal wounds since the 1940s| but only some observational studies have shown a benefit. Some lab tests have suggested that chlorophyll could help block some cancer-causing chemicals| but there is no conclusive evidence that it would have any benefit against cancer in people.

What Are the Risks?

Natural chlorophylls are nontoxic| and chlorophyllin has been used for 50 years with no reported risks or toxic effects. Liquid chlorophyll can make your urine or feces take a greenish hue ¡ª so don’t be scared if this happens to you! Otherwise| you want want to limit your liquid chlorophyll intake if you’re susceptible to sunburns| since it might make you more likely to get a rash from the sun.

Should You Go For it?

It might be psychosomatic or there might be real benefits to taking liquid chlorophyll| but the science simply doesn’t exist yet. If you’re curious in trying out chlorophyll for yourself| choose a quality juice source (I like Pressed Juicery’s chlorophyll H2O) or start slow with droplets in your water| always following the recommended serving size.

Liquid chlorophyll does not taste as swampy as it looks| but if you want to reap chlorophyll’s plant power| eating your fill of dark leafy greens is probably just as effective and more appetizing| if your taste buds are anything like mine.

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