Silica is an essential trace mineral that occurs naturally in the body. It is related to strong and healthy connective tissues, collagen and elastin production and calcium absorption. It is also a binding agent for heavy metals like aluminium to help flush these toxins from the body.
As you can see, ensuring we include silica in our diets is important for our beauty and wellbeing. Some natural sources of silica include leeks, green beans, strawberries, cucumber, mango, celery, asparagus, rhubarb, apples, raw cabbage, carrots, cucumber, pumpkin, oats, honey, fish, unrefined grains, almonds and oranges.
We have a Green Chocolate Smoothie recipe from the Changing Habits, Changing Lives Cookbook, by leading nutritionist, bestselling author and health educator Cyndi O’Meara.
1-2 cups cabbage
1/2 bunch parsley
1/2 ripe avocado – peeled and deseeded
1/2 cup raw walnuts (freshly cracked out of their shell if possible)
7 fresh dates (make sure the pips are out)
1 Tbs pure maple syrup
1 Tbs pure coconut oil
1 1/2 Tbs cacao (raw cocoa)
2 Tbs goji berry (optional)
1/2 cup filtered water
10 ice cubes
Blend all the ingredients except ice until smooth then add the ice and blend again. If you have a thermomix, throw all the ingredients in and blend on speed 10 for 45 seconds.
This is a great way of eating your silica rich greens.
A perfect accompaniment, and great source of silica is nakd water. It’s distinct softness and pure taste makes it a perfect palette cleanser, in addition to the amazing health benefits offered by it’s silica rich content.