A Heavy Metal Detox in your kitchen cabinet!
Cilantro, Coriandrum sativum, also known as coriander or Chinese parsley, is an annual herb in the carrot family and native to parts of Europe and Africa. Cilantro produces delicate leaves similar in appearance to flat-leaf parsley, and clusters of small white flowers. Cooks use its flavorful, aromatic leaves, stems and seeds as a vegetable and spice. Cilantro also offers certain health benefits. Cilantro lowered blood pressure in a tissue culture study published in the February 2009 "Journal of Ethnopharmacology." Researchers observed blood vessel-dilating and heart rate-lowering effects of the herb. Cilantro also lowered blood pressure by acting as a diuretic -- a substance that promotes urine production
Cilantro and Mint tea is a healthy and refreshing drink that's incredibly easy to make. It's a great summertime drink, and perfect if you have been feeling sluggish or have issues with high blood pressure and inflammation. This cilantro and mint tea is made really easy by adding fresh or dried herbs to boiled hot water. If using dried herbs, you will need a tea leaf infuser to avoid drinking the little dry leaves. Optionally you can also add a little lemon or lime juice, and some honey, agave or or monk fruit sweetener. This tea is made by steeping the cilantro and mint leaves in hot water for 5-7 minutes. We then remove the leaves. The hot herb infused drink is an easy but tasty herbal drink,
In the past two decades one quality of cilantro that has captured the attention of many is its ability to detoxify heavy metals such as mercury and lead. Mint tea is an excellent way to enjoy the digestive benefits of mint. Mint contains menthol, which some studies have shown help manage irritable bowel syndrome and helps to cleanse the body by flushing out toxins, whilst also boosting your immune system. A few studies have shown that cilantro leaves can produce a chelating effect in water spiked with heavy metals and that cilantro can reduce absorption of lead when food is tainted with it. The leaves of the cilantro plant has potent anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antimicrobial and significant chelating properties, that bind to heavy metals that are removed from the body through our excretory system.
Cilantro has been used medicinally to cleanse and detox the liver, stimulate digestive enzymes, help kidney function, soothe the skin, balance blood sugar and increase mental powers. Like many green leafy herbs, it is loaded with phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and anti-inflammatory compounds.
How do we get heavy metal toxicity?
“Heavy metal poisoning occurs when microscopic molecules of metals accumulate within your body after exposure. Heavy metals attach to your cells and prevent them from performing their functions, which causes symptoms that could be life threatening without treatment.” (Cleveland Clinic .org)
You can get heavy metal poisoning by exposing yourself to heavy metals. Heavy metals form naturally within the Earth’s crust. We interact with small amounts of heavy metals every day, like when you check the temperature of your thermometer, which uses mercury. Heavy metal poisoning occurs when metals get into your body. This can happen if you’re exposed to a large amount of metal including:
Eating a lot of food that contains metals (fish).
Drinking water from older water supply systems.
Working with metals on the job.
Taking medications or supplements with high amounts of metallic elements.
Handling metals or products made with a large amount of metal (like paint or pesticides) without using personal protective equipment.
Most metals that cause poisoning are in a microscopic (molecular) form when they enter your body. They are so small, you won’t be able to see them. Heavy metals can enter your body by:
Absorbing into your skin.
Breathing in or inhaling tiny metal molecules.
Eating or drinking (ingesting) the metal from food or water.
Heavy metals can be found in the following places: Lead from contaminated water from lead pipes, batteries, paint, gasoline, and construction materials. Mercury is found in Liquid thermometers, lightbulbs, dental amalgam (“silver”) fillings, batteries, seafood, and topical antiseptics. Arsenic may be an ingredient of Topical creams, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, fungicides, paints, enamels, glass, contaminated water, seafood, algae. Cadmium is often in cigarette smoke, metal plating, batteries, and Thallium can be found in Rat or Mouse bait aka Rodenticides, pesticides, and fireworks.
Treatment for heavy metal poisoning varies based on the type of metal that accumulated in your body. The goal of treatment is to remove the metal from your body. Treatment could include:
Taking chelating agents to remove toxic metals from your body through your urine.
Pumping your stomach (gastric lavage).
Hemodialysis for kidney failure.
Medicines to treat symptoms.
Some metals, like cadmium, don’t have an effective treatment to remove it from your body. Studies are ongoing to find a treatment for cadmium poisoning.
Cilantro mint tea might help remove metals such as mercury, lead, and aluminum from the body. Removing these metals from the body might help some antibiotics and antiviral medicines work better. The tea might also help eliminate certain bacteria that cause infections.