I recently sustained an injury and am utilizing chiropractic care as a means for recovery. My chiropractor has suggested "green drinks." He also gave me an informative CD to listen to, during which the speaker, a famous personality, suggested a vegetarian diet and green drinks as a means to assist the body in healing and maintaining good health. The concept of which he spoke suggested that fruits and vegetables are high in energy and also reduce PH levels in the body. This helps reduce cholesterol build up and other tissue damage. Is there any validity to all of this? Personally, I have always been a believer that protein, especially complete proteins, are essential during healing.
Chiropractic health care philosophy is holistic in nature. Most of the time they help people feel better by different types of therapy like, spinal manipulations, massage therapy... There is also a belief in vitamin-minerals imbalance creating dis-harmony in the body and that consuming different supplements will put you back into the groove. This is especially true if you have a vitamin or mineral deficiency. However, if you do not, then it may not be a beneficial solution.
Green drinks are another form of supplementation. There seems to be many types of drinks; Green Magma is from green barley leaves that are "organically" grown. The Magma is suppose to carry many different enzymes that help your body function properly. Kyo-Green is a combination of barley, kelp, wheatgrass and green algae. It is said to have high levels of vitamins and minerals and the digestive enzymes needed for proper function. There is also an element called chlorophyll in this drink. All green plant materials house chlorophyll for energy production. I am unsure of its benefits except for maybe the fiber-like element of the tuff cell wall in chlorophyll.
I don't believe anyone will argue that fruits and veggie's aren't good for you. In fact, we should probably eat all we can, for the fiber and other elements found in them. Will the vegetarian type diet reduce the pH in your blood? I do not know?, I could not find any research for your question. However, to my knowledge when the blood pH system (acid-base balance) gets tweaked in either direction then problems occur. Hydrogen ions are one of the main elements that effects this system. You know this buy training real hard and the lactic acid production you develop; that is the acid side of the acid-base balance. This is a reduction in pH. The question then comes up; why would you want to reduce pH in the blood/body? For cholesterol reduction?
Cholesterol will be positively effected by the vegetarian diet due to the reduction in fats and increase levels of fiber. To my knowledge, the pH levels in the blood/body have little to do with cholesterol manufacture. The norm for blood pH should be about 7.4(7.35-7.45). The recommended level of fiber intake per day is over 25grams. That is a lot and is difficult to get. Hence, another plug for eating fruits & veggies. Your knowledge on protein consumption is correct. When you are injured protein needs appear to be elevated. Consuming enough quality proteins is hard to do when you are on a vegetarian diet!