For some reason, that I may never know, Okra is one of the top search terms that brings people to this here blog of mine. I wonder if there is an internet shortage on okra content, or perhaps that people just love this amazing slimefest of a vegetable but just can’t find any okra recipes.
Whatever it may be, I thought it time I add in some new okra inspiration. Back in St. Lucia on my retreat, we had the most amazing soup I’ve ever had. And it contained enough okra to heal the intestines of the entire GI ward at your local hospital. Okra is a slime-feast as I said, and for this reason some people don’t like it.
But if you take that slime and add it to soup, what you get is a beautiful smooth and silky texture. And it is delicious. Okra, aloe, irish moss, chia, soaked flax seeds all have this similar property. We call it ‘mucilagenous’ and that is a super healthy feature of these foods.
Listen up. Along the lining of our intestines are these finger-like projections called cilia. This is where we absorb the nutrients from our food. There are a lot of foods (like dairy and sugar for example) that are mucous forming. This means that a mucousy layer starts to build up on these cilia. What happens is that we then can’t absorb the goods from our food very well. The result- malabsorption and nutrient deficiencies. And this leads us to sickness. The mucilagenous foods, though they feel slimy, actually help to shed this slime from our insides.Print