There is no shortage of detox diets and detox approaches on the market today. Look up the term “detox” on any search engine, and you will not just find an array of different approaches and theories regarding detoxification, but you will also find scores of books and even elaborate products designed specifically to appeal to those who are detoxing.
Detoxification programs range from the complex to the amazingly simple. With that stated, however, it is important to note that no detoxification program is meant to be sustained for a long period of time. One of the key problems with a detoxification program is the issue of nutrition. In particular, one has to be quite concerned as to whether or not nutritional needs are being adequately met, as detoxification diets have developed a reputation for being narrow in terms of the foods that one can consume.
While detoxification can be complicated and difficult to follow due to calorie and food choice restrictions, there are other ways. Following a diet that is oriented towards healthier foods, free of food colorings, artificial ingredients, such as chemicals and preservatives, and trans fats and sugars greatly reduces one’s need for a detoxification program in the first place. Add to this eating foods that are naturally detoxifying, such as cilantro, and a totally different approach to detoxification suddenly emerges.
Cilantro is an annual herb from the family Apiaceae, which contains 3,700 species including carrots, celery, and parsley.All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and dried seeds are most commonly used in cooking.In the United Kingdom Cilantro is commonly known as coriander, while In the United States, the leaves of the plant are known as cilantro (the Spanish translation) and the seeds are called coriander.
What makes cilantro in particular such a good food choice where detoxification is concerned? Cilantro is rich in nutritional value including vitamins A and C, and it is low in calories. More significant for those interested in detoxification is the fact that cilantro has the ability to help the body flush out a range of toxic and harmful substances, including heavy metals.
Heavy metals can accumulate in the body over time and the consequences can lead to DNA damage and even potentially organ damage. Foods like cilantro that can bind to heavy metals and help flush them out of the body are highly beneficial to one’s health.
Cilantro can easily be added to one’s diet. Typically cilantro is added to salads, but it can also be consumed as a top for soups and other dishes. One problem that many people have with cilantro is that they don’t like the taste. If you find that you don’t particularly care for the taste of cilantro, try experimenting with different recipes until you find one that works. The bottom line is that cilantro is likely one of the more important foods that you can bring into your diet, so it is worthwhile to incorporate it into your meals regularly.
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