The Best Detox Foods: Day 5: Herbs
HERBACEOUS HEALTH BENEFITS
It’s been an entire week of detox foods at Bondi Harvest and we hope you’ve managed to integrate some of them into your meals this week.
HERBACEOUS HEALTH BENEFITS
Herbs are great for adding flavour to food but they also come with a bevvy of medicinal properties and health benefits.
So far we’ve featured beetroot, greens, ginger and avocados. Today we shine the light on perhaps the easiest food to add to whatever you’re munching on to assist the detoxification process – herbs.
We could go through a list of herbs that you’ve never heard of and would never use on your everyday food to prove our point but instead we thought we’d just highlight the detoxing benefits of our favourite and most popular “everyday” herbs.
Possessing natural cleansing agents, coriander (cilantro) contains compounds, which binds to toxic metals, helps pull them out of various organ tissues. It also helps in the secretion of enzymes and digestive juices in the stomach, stimulating digestion and easing indigestion.
By activating the salivary glands in our mouth, mint stimulates and facilitates our digestion. Simulating these digestive enzymes helps in absorbing nutrients from food and assists in converting fat into useable energy. It also improves the flow of bile from the liver, to the gallbladder and the small intestine.
Often used as a simple garnish, parsley is actually a nutritional powerhouse full of vitamins A, B, C and K plus minerals iron and potassium. It’s a natural diuretic, which helps to eliminate excess fluid without depleting the body of potassium. It’s also great at balancing blood sugar levels and cleansing the blood.
The essential oils present in dill are great at activating the secretion of bile and digestive juices. They stimulate the intestine, easing the passage of bowel movements and relieve constipation. Dill also assists the removal or toxins, excess salts and water from the body.
Sprinkle herbs on everything!
There’s not many dishes that you can’t add herbs to (and don’t say chocolate, because mint and chocolate are like THE best).
Here are some of our favourite herby recipes…
Substitute the basil for any herbs you like. We sometimes throw a variety in to use up any herbs that are going a little lim in the fridge.
Add herbs to every god damn salad you make. Herbs really are the secret ingredient in every good salad. Check out some of our salad recipes here
We add chimichurri to everything, but you can’t beat pouring it on a perfectly cooked steak.
This dish is rolled in herbs and is the perfect dinner party dish to impress your mates.
Pop mint in sweet dishes.
Try our Lemon, Mint and Honey Pancakes and our Berry and Chia Seed Pops.
Add them to green smoothies, mint and parsley taste great – coriander and dill… not so much!
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