Digestion - Liver Cleanse
This liver cleanse formula is a combination of Artichoke, Milk thistle, Boldo and Dandelion. A.Vogel Boldocynara is valuable when fat …
Why is the Mediterranean diet so good for those lucky Continentals? Should you swim daily in olive oil? Carpet your kitchen with tomatoes? Add sardines to your cornflakes?
Well before you take any drastic steps towards selling up and moving to Southern climates for the sake of your digestion, let’s consider the elements of Mediterranean meals.
Take time to eat
Firstly (and I will try not to get onto my digestive soapbox here), there is a different attitude to food on the shores of the Mediterranean. How do they eat? They sit down; they relax; they gather their friends and family around them and take time to relish their food. Then they sit contemplating life in general for a while afterwards before taking up the threads of the day once more.
It makes a huge (and we’re talking obese) difference. French and American researchers went to McDonald’s fast food joints in urban shopping districts at the same time of year at lunchtime, to record the length of time people remained seated with their food. The French spent an average of 22.2 minutes eating and sitting at McDonald’s while Americans stayed only 14.4 minutes.1
The French are noted for their slender girth, whereas the American population struggles with high levels of obesity.
Secondly, the Mediterranean diet often starts with a bitter green salad. Foods such as lambs lettuce, watercress, radish and chicory are tossed with a light dressing and savoured before the main course. This type of food rarely makes its way onto the British plate. When was the last time you ate chicory?
Bitter flavours trigger the production of digestive enzymes in the stomach, liver and pancreas. These secretions have a positive effect on the large bowel. Everything works better: food is broken down more efficiently; your appetite is satisfied; and your body is provided with all the nutrients it needs to work effectively.
Should you wish to benefit from Mediterranean wisdom without wallowing in watercress, take a bitter tincture before a meal to waken up your digestive system. This is particularly relevant for you if you are prone to indigestion, or feeling full and uncomfortable after eating.
The herbal tincture Boldocynara contains Cynara (Globe Artichoke) and Dandelion, both of which are bitter tasting plants. Boldocynara is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve indigestion and feelings of fullness and flatulence associated with over-indulgence in food or drink or both.
The Mediterranean dwellers are prone to adding Dandelion leaves to salads. The ‘weed’ that mocks us on our lawns is a perfect delight on our plates, where we can munch it vengefully on our way to better digestion.
Artichoke is another favourite of Mediterranean cuisine, where its bitter succulent leaves help the beleaguered liver to cope with the fatty foods such as butter and oil that also predominate in the local diet.
For those who want to address their digestive complaints without crunching through lawn-loads of leaves, this is one way of benefiting from Mediterranean culinary customs without leaving our native shores.
 Rozin P et al. Psychol Sci. 2003 Sep;14 (5): 450-4
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