• Herbal Farmwife

Parsley As A Diuretic and Bloating Reliever

A natural way to keep that Bridesmaid dress fitting right.

Looking back on my life, I really feel like the writer of the movie “27 Dresses” was shadowing my life. At one of the ten weddings I was in one summer, I remember being so hungry at the rehearsal dinner that I ate the parsley garnish. I remember thinking, “Why would anyone add parsley to a good meal. What a waste.” The person next to me whispered that it was for bad breath. Little did I know that little garnish was the powerhouse of the whole meal.

Not only is Parsley high in vitamins (A,B6, C,E,K, Thiamine,

Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) and minerals (Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, and Manganese), but it also ranked number seven in the top ten antioxidant herbs according to its Food ORAC scores. This little herb has some power and might to it. What is missing in our diets now is fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs (yes, parsley) that provide antioxidants ability to prevent or delay cell damage and clear out any toxins. By defusing free radicals, antioxidants keep your body running efficiently so that it can continue its usual internal-cleansing mechanisms.

What does this have to do with keeping those bridesmaids’ dresses or any other piece of clothing fitting just right on the big day? I know you aren’t reading this for the nutrition lesson. A little known fact is that Parsley is wonderful at helping with any gastrointestinal issues like bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation, and nausea. This is especially important during wedding festivities. I wish I could have given Parsley capsules to many of the Groomsmen before walking down the aisle.

But the bigger news is Parsley is considered a natural diuretic. According to a research study by the American University of Beirut, there was significant increase in the volume of urine in twenty-four hours produced by the test studies. Research always tends to make us feel better than folklore. But, parsley has also been used as a diuretic since the medieval ages. More going to the bathroom means less fluid retention; which results in fitting into that special outfit.

Some people recommend drinking a couple of teaspoons of Parsley juice after a meal to aid digestion of your meals to relieve bloating. But, who has parsley juice hanging around during a wedding? Try ordering food that is naturally flavored with parsley or pop a parsley capsule.

Now before you decide that you want to lose a bunch of weight and start drinking gallons of Parsley juice, please heed some very important warnings. Drinking or eating large quantities of Parsley may start uterine contractions in pregnant women; give kidney stone suffers problems, and it may make your skin sensitive to the sun. To play it safe, don’t consume Parsley if you are pregnant, have anemia, liver or kidney problems, blood clotting issues, or you are highly allergic. I know we all get desperate to look good for those pictures, but isn’t your body worth being taken care of in the right way? It is not about the quantity in this situation.

Well, I haven’t been invited to be a bridesmaid for a very long time. In fact, the dresses are long gone. But, I’m thankful for the many memories of all those weddings. Blessings!

DISCLAIMER: This information should not be considered to be healthcare advice, medical diagnosis, or treatment. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other healthcare professionals. Always consult a healthcare professional first before trying any herbs and spices mentioned in this posting.

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