Inside the case that holds my eyeglasses is a small cloth designed specifically for buffing the lenses clean. I am notorious for wearing specs full of thumbprints and other smudges and frankly, once I’ve been wearing them, I don’t even notice it.
Sometimes it’s a bit the same for my digestive system. I’ve been running hard for a couple of weeks with lots of travel, meals out and a few glasses of wine. Without realizing it, my entire system is smudged or at least sluggish and could do with a good cleansing. There’s so much written about cleansing and the value of it to “reset” one’s system. If it were as easy as it is for my glasses, I’d simply pull out the cloth and work them over. One source on the internet says that silk is the best cloth to use.
I don’t know if that’s true as I’m fairly certain that the cloth I’ve been using is a synthetic variety. However, in order to get my body back into alignment, I think silk might be one source. For an easy summer refreshment that has detoxification benefits, consider making corn silk tea. Corn silk is almost always removed and discarded when making corn on the cob. Hence, this idea not only provides a benefit but also reduces food waste.
The corn silk is rumored to have numerous benefits. For me, the most promising is that of diuretic when searing summer temps create kankles. There appears to be volumes of legend on the perks of ingesting corn silk. In order to separate fact and fiction, I looked to the medical warnings regarding interactions.
- It is a diuretic and may interact with other medications taken for conditions requiring diuretics.
- Corn silk may decrease blood sugar and hence, those taking diabetes medications that also reduce blood sugar should be cautious.
- Substantial amounts of corn silk appear to reduce high blood pressure. Therefore, if you are taking blood pressure medication already, you may want to consider the effects of this tea.
- Corn silk is rich in vitamin K. Therefore, if you are taking medication that influences clotting, it would be best to understand the interactions.
Fortunately, I am not taking any medication that has a known interaction with Corn Silk and therefore, experiencing the diuretic benefits together with decreased blood sugar, blood pressure and more vitamin K, is something I’m up for. In reality, I could probably just eat the silk to receive the same benefits.
Corn Silk Tea
Happily giving credit where it is due but I’ve had this for so long that I honestly don’t know where it came from.
- Silk from 1 or 2 ears of corn (brown parts removed)
- 3 cups of water
Bring the water to boil. Add the silks and allow to continue boiling for 5 more minutes. Drain and serve immediately if you prefer hot tea. Otherwise, let it cool and pour over ice it for a great cold drink.
How do you use other by-products of your produce?