Okra is a nutritious vegetable that offers many toxin-cleansing benefits. Very effective in maintaining health, the mucilage, or gelatinous outside coating, and the fiber content found in okra are excellent for maintaining blood sugar levels. The mucilage, it should be noted, traps toxins and releases them through the stool. Okra also makes elimination of waste easier.
How Does Okra Work as a Body Cleanser?
Okra acts in the body as oil acts in your car. You need oil to lubricate the engine. Okra acts as a lubricant for the large intestines. The fiber in okra absorbs water, causing fibrous bulk in the stool. Put simply, okra prevents constipation. Because of its slippery mucilage—its gelatinous texture—it is not as harsh on the intestines as the fiber that comes from wheat. It works smoothly in your system. Unlike over-the-counter products, Okra is nontoxic, non-habit forming and a highly nutritious food full of vitamins.
Prepare Okra for a Body Cleanse
You will need two whole Okra pods. Cut each into three pieces. Crush them. Fill a glass with room-temperature tap water and soak the okra overnight. In the morning before meals, drink the concoction. It will be slimy, but it is filled with health benefits. You should also swallow the seeds. If you drink this formula three times a week, it helps level your cholesterol and eliminates toxins in your body and kidneys.
The Super Food
If you cannot stomach one more ounce of probiotic yogurt or one more laxative pill, try okra. It feeds the natural probiotic bacteria that live in your system. It is an excellent laxative agent and effective for symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders. If you choose not to drink the okra liquid cleanse, even in its food form, it is a natural toxin eliminator if cooked properly.
Cook, Eat, Cleanse
You don't have to drink the okra cleansing drink to receive its body-cleansing benefits. Unfortunately while many people understand the importance of eating okra in a nutrient-rich diet, most people do not know how to cook okra to extract the full range of benefits, nutrients and detoxifying elements. To properly prepare okra and benefit from its self-digesting enzymes, cook it carefully. Overcooking loses some of its potency. Cook it minimally if you must and always over low heat. It is good steamed but best raw.
Top of The Grocery List
Now that you know the benefits of this nutrient-rich vegetable, whether you choose to eat it or prepare it as a liquid cleanse, include Okra in your daily diet to eliminate dangerous toxins in your system. As stated, along with a proper diet, it can certainly have a positive effect on high cholesterol, constipation, IBS and blood pressure. But as with any other cleanse, consult your physician if you experience any atypical symptoms.