Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The one where I sound crazy
We have a secret weapon that we use when M gets into additives.
I've heard about Epsom salts, baking soda and honey, seltzer water. None of them have sounded particularly impressive or inspiring. But then again, neither would coconut, and the fact is, it's our miracle cure.
I don't know anything about why this works on a chemical level, but young coconut can pull M back from the edge after he's eaten something he shouldn't. I had a hunch a few months ago when -two mornings in a row- M woke up sweeter and more under control than I'd ever seen him. I wracked my brain to figure out what might be different, and the only thing I could come up with is that he'd had young coconut as a snack the evening before, both nights. I've tried it several times since - he has never woken up "off" the day after having young coconut before bed and it has helped him pull himself together many times.
Thai people say that coconut water cleanses us of toxins. That's the kind of thing I rolled my eyes about a year ago. Now, M dutifully takes a few swallows of young coconut any time we can feel a reaction brewing. I'm not interested in using our miracle cure as a safety net, allowing us to go back to processed, unhealthy foods. But I sure am grateful to have something to help us when the accidents happen.
Here in Thailand, a young coconut is cheaper than a coffee and about as easy to find. I'm not touting young coconut as an expensive, exotic, superfood cure-all. We eat it all the time anyway, which is how we stumbled upon its super power. I wonder what other foods act as natural detoxers?