Every Little Bit Counts

My daughter and I have a saying… “Do it in stages” – and this helps with making big lifestyle changes as well as conquering those projects that overwhelm.

While I don’t always hit the mark on all fronts nutritionally-speaking,  the goal of creating a healthier environment for my family is still going strong.

I have come across a couple of simple changes which can help to improve our health overall and both have to do with detoxification. I always thought detoxification involved nasty tasting drinks, painful massage or worse. I’m happy to report that there are less dreaded things we can do to remove some of the nasty stuff our bodies come into contact with.


Air Purifying Plants

I have never had a green thumb – My plants often have near death experiences and  I have joked that I am well acquainted with plant resuscitation. Now I have a new motivation for paying better attention to my green friends.

My school lessons taught me well about the benefits of green for the purpose of carbon dioxide removal, but I wasn’t aware that plants are also good for removal of toxins as such as  formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and others.

1. Bamboo Palm: According to NASA, it removes formaldehyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.
2. Snake Plant: Found by NASA to absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.

3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde from the air.

5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also known to remove formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

6. Gerber Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.


Now that your air is pure, how about removing some heavy metals from your body?  Research has shown that parsley and cilantro are excellent at detoxifying heavy metals from your body. There are many articles on the benefits of parsley and cilantro on the web  – http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/detox/cilantro.htm http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/cilantro-chelation-therapy-heavy-metal-detox.html for example- and the possible health benefits range from fewer bouts with colds and flu,  less build up of plaque on blood vessels (heart and brain benefit) as well as possible removal of cancer causing free radicals.

Cilantro is excellent in salad, thrown into soup and green curries, and as pesto to spread on bread, tossed in pasta or stuffed into a chicken breast.

Heavy Metal Detox Pesto Recipe – (Thanks to Homesteading/Survivalism page on Facebook)

Heavy Metal Detox Pesto Recipe:
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup Brazil nuts (selenium source) or macadamia nuts
1/3 cup sunflower seeds (cysteine source)
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium sources)
1 cup fresh cilantro (coriander)
1 cup parsley
2/3 cup cold pressed olive oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice (Vitamin C source)
Big pinch of sea salt and or dulse flakes to flavor.
Soak the seeds and nuts overnight to release the enzyme exhibitors. Process the parsley, cilantro (coriander) and olive oil in a blender until chopped. Add the garlic, nuts, and seeds, salt/dulse and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste. Store in dark glass jar. It freezes well also if need be.