Why You Should Be Eating More Parsley
My kidneys are getting number one special treatment right now; from sending so much love and light to their corresponding emotions (releasing fear, stress and anxiety – yup, our kidneys wear that!), to strengthening my beautiful organs by eating dark coloured foods such as blueberries, black beans and black sesame seeds.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, kidneys are considered the fountain of youth and the source of vitality. They are associated with ears; the sense of hearing, as well as controls the bones, teeth and brain. They not only play a vital role physically, but also affect the overall state of our well-being.
So what does parsley have to do with any of this? Our kidneys filter our blood by removing salt and poison that enter our body. Because of this, all those unwanted toxins accumulate in our kidneys over time, so we not only need to love them up, but also give them a good cleansing treatment.
Enter: parsley. That tiny little garnish we leave on the side of our plate? This is our purifying tonic.
Because of parsley’s combination of vitamins, flavonoids and cleansing nutrients like chlorophyll, it has the power to help purify the liver, blood + kidneys. In fact, parsley is known as the best cleansing treatment for kidneys! Its anti-inflammatory properties aid everything from urinary tract infections to swollen gums. It helps flush out excess fluid from the body, supporting kidney function and has three times more vitamin C than an orange. Parsley is rich in many other essential vitamins including B12, K and A; keeping the immune system strong, toning the bones, clearing the skin and healing the nervous system.
Here’s my super easy steps for a Kidney Cleanse:
- Wash and roughly chop a bunch of parsley.
- Place in a medium pot of clean spring water and bring to the boil for roughly ten minutes.
- Let it cool down and strain in an empty bottle.
- Store in the fridge. Drink twice daily.
(A side note of caution: Don’t do this treatment if on blood thinning meds, while on your menstrual cycle, or if pregnant.)
You will notice sodium and unwanted toxins passing through your urine and feel a major difference in your energy levels + a sense of well-being.
Bonus tips for the ladies: Drink parsley tea several times a day to bring on a late period. This is also a great tonic for those going through Menopausal hot flashes!
Use parsley in your next veggie juice or as a cleanser and reap the benefits of this unlikely nutrient packed Superfood! Your kidneys will thank you!