I am posting a bonus blog this week because chemical and heavy metal toxicity has been such a huge subject around the office lately. And with the posting of my last blog on household cleaners and self care products containing so many of these toxins, I thought it would be nice to give you a simple inexpensive tip on a way that you can help to detox yourself and your family with this 1 simple herb.
This herb is the wonderfully fragrant and delicious Cilantro. This is one of my favorite herbs and I use it liberally daily. I have been known to have more cilantro in my food than the actual meal that was being prepared.
It is so versatile it can be used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I have even added it to smoothies!
Cilantro has many health benefits such as:
- Assist in cardiovascular health
- Helps boost the endocrine glands. This in turn leads to balanced levels of hormone production.
- Reduces Swelling
- Promotes a strong Liver
- Anti Nausea
- Prevents urinary tract infections
and much much more.
Today my purpose for sharing with you the benefit of cilantro is its ability to help in the detoxification of heavy metals. Cilantro works by helping to flush toxic heavy metals from the body and its tissues. Cilantro acts as a natural chelator and helps to neutralize metals such as mercury so that the body can then eliminate them.
Cilantro is very easy to get into your daily diet. It is most know for its accompaniment to Mexican dishes but blends well with Thai dishes and even simple American dishes like scrambled eggs.
It is inexpensive to buy and even less expensive to grow. You can grow this herb in a patio container or even on your kitchen windowsill.
I have found that cilantro becomes more effective when heated so lightly cooking is best but any way you can get it into your diet will benefit.
I like to make an omelette filled with cilantro and topped with avocado for breakfast but my very most favorite way to use cilantro is in Cilantro pesto!
Just a tablespoon of cilantro pesto daily will help keep the metals away!
Here is the recipe I like to use. I hope you enjoy it!
3 garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 cups fresh cilantro, lightly packed
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Place the garlic and cilantro in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. With the processor running, slowly add the oils, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Process until smooth.
As always........In good health and happiness,
Brandy Augustine PhD