As a chef and farmer I pay attention to how my food is grown and where it comes from. I can be sure of what toxins my body is being subjected to.
For those of us who have health concerns I would only ever recommend using local and organic foods at all times. Combine these eating and dietary habits with herbal supplements and your body is running at the natural levels it should be. A perfect equilibrium.
I would always suggest eating as many raw foods as possible for maximum health benefits. A few beneficial citrus fruits may not be grown in all regions but make sure, when you are at the grocery store, to buy organic to curb the long term affects of GMO food products.
In the spirit of our health I would like to pass along this raw foods recipe.
- Cilantro: Cilantro is most often cited as being effective for heavy metal cleansing and rightfully so, this herb is a powerful, natural cleansing agent. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to heavy metals and loosen them from the tissue. Many people suffering from mercury exposure report a reduction in the often-cited feeling of disorientation after consuming large and regular amounts of cilantro over an extended period.
- Onion: With their unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, the allium vegetables, such as onions, belong in your diet on a regular basis.
- Limes: These citrus fruits contain very high amounts of the vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic material into a substance that can be absorbed by water. Freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice helps stimulate the liver.
- Tomatoes: Foods high in vitamin C and E, like tomatoes, have powerful antioxidants.
- Legumes: Legumes, such as kidney beans and soybeans, are rich in the amino acid arginine. This acid helps to neutralize the ammonia that can be found in the liver.
- Mangoes: Eating mangoes in the season may provide a store of vitamin A in the liver, sufficient to last for the rest of the year and highly beneficial for the prevention of vitamin A deficient disorders like night blindness.
- Jalapeno: Hot peppers like jalapenos boast some of the highest concentrations of vitamin C found in food and are an even better source than citrus fruits and leafy greens.
- 1 mango peeled and diced
- 1 cup of dried beans (your choice) – soak overnight and simmer until preferred tenderness, then cool
- ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
- the juice of two fresh limes
- 1 medium onion (your choice) diced
- 2 large tomatoes (your choice) – half, then spoon out watery flesh and seeds, and save for another recipe. Dice the remaining outer flesh.
- ½ of one jalapeno – remove flesh and seeds for less “heat.” Dice.
- 2 tablespoons organic olive oil
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss.
- Light sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste.
- For a seasonal treat, roast corn on the grill with the husk on for a few minutes until entire cob is hot.
- Then husk, cut the kernels off, and add to the salsa.