Did you know that Hippocrates “the father of medicine” wrote about flaxseed being an excellent cure for digestive problems? The Latin name for flaxseed is Linum usitatissimum, which translates to “very useful”. Flaxseed is loaded with a type of omega-3 fatty acid, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). It’s also one of the best foods for soluble and insoluble fiber. Flaxseed, like any source of fiber, should be taken with plenty of water.
Flaxseed, like any source of fiber, should be taken with plenty of water. In case you’re curious to know, fiber is what bulks up your morning trips to the bathroom. You or someone you know probably takes fiber to help out with this. Fiber basically sweeps out all the junk in your gastrointestinal (GI) system and allows for a good detoxification. If you’re having trouble with constipation, focus on a more plant diet and add in more soluble fiber. Be sure to drink extra water.
More studies need to be performed on all the all of the health benefits, but consuming flaxseeds may aid in the treatment of diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, constipation, and obesity.1
- 3/4 cup of Almond milk (I use Califia Farms)
- 1 T Flax meal
- 1 T of almond butter (or peanut butter)
- 1 Banana
- ¼ cup Cacao powder or nibs
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- ½ cup ice
- Blend all ingredients together. I use a Vitamix.
- Drink within 24 hrs. You can store it in Fridge.
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- You can add in a scoop of protein powder.
- You can add in iodine & selenium drops.
- Can add in Probiotics.
1 Goyal A, Sharma V, Upadhyay N, Gill S, Sihag M. Flax and flaxseed oil: an ancient medicine & modern functional food. Journal of Food Science and Technology. 2014;51(9):1633-1653. doi:10.1007/s13197-013-1247-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4152533/
JUST EAT REAL FOOD – Stop focusing on calories & focus on what you’re eating and how it makes you feel. Your body is always giving you signals, but many times we ignore them. Pay attention if you develop nausea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, joint pain, rashes, sinus problems, or cold sores. If you develop any of these things after eating, it’s a good indicator that your body is giving you a clue to stop consuming something in your food. Many times these symptoms come from consuming chemicals, artificial coloring, and preservatives. Other times these symptoms can occur from a food allergy or sensitivity. Pay attention. Creating a food diary is a really great way to help you figure out what your triggers are. Food elimination diets are a great way to figure out what your triggers are.
Information in this posting is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Talk to your medical provider before starting any new supplements or medications.