Every time we eat our food can be our medicine, or it can be the slowest form of poison.
Today we make my super powered nut and seed mix, but before we get there, I want to share with you a few ways how nuts and seeds can be our medicine.
Check out some of these stats:
- 7-10 raw, organic almonds per day significantly help lower LDL cholesterol within 3-4 weeks.
- Clinical trials have shown raw, organic cashews to prevent cancer cells from dividing and growing
- Hemp seeds have all 10 amino acids needed to feed the brain so they help replenish and rebuild our neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain). Hormonal balance begins in the brain.
- Flax seeds are high in alphalinoleic acid (ALA), an omega 3 fatty acid that the brain needs. Note: the seed needs to be broken to get the nutrition from them so grind them in a food processor or a coffee grinder before consuming them.
- Sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E and good for skin health
- Pumpkin seeds are alkalizing and neutralize acidic poisons in the body; an important tip for those with acid reflux
- Sesame seeds are the highest food in calcium – who needs dairy products when we have tahini?
- Chia seeds expand to 10x their size and therefore are an AMAZING fiber to attach to toxins and pull them out of your body. They also help tremendously with constipation when you put 2T in 16 ounces of water and let them soak overnight. When you wake up the next day, drink the entire 16 ounces of water and the seeds. Check out Wellness Mama’s top ways to use chia seeds blog.
Some nuts and seeds contain omega 6 fatty acids, which are good as long as you don’t have too many. An overabundance of omega 6’s can turn on the stress response and cause inflammation.
This is why, once a week I make my super powered nut and seed mix that is the perfect ratio of omega 3: omega 6.
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 cups ground flaxseeds. If you don’t have the time or inclination to grind them yourself, you can buy them already ground.
- 1/3 cup – ground sesame seeds
- 1/3-cup ground sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup ground pumpkin seeds
Or if you don’t feel like making that yourself, pick up some of Barlean’s new Flax, Chia, Coconut blend. It’s delicious and so easy! In the video I mentioned that it's better when freshly ground. In most cases that is true, but in this case it actually isn't. I love Barlean's quality and had no idea until I shared this segment with them that they nitrogen flush the bag so there isn't any degradation involved with having it pre-ground. They test the nutrient density and it is the same as when you freshly grind it. Ah-mazing!
I love shopping for my nuts and seeds in the bulk section of the health food store (as long as they have good turn around and aren’t sitting there for too long).
Here are our top 5 favorite nut and seed recipes:
Remember when it comes to nuts and seeds that consuming them raw is healthiest. It’s also best to store them in the fridge to prevent the formation of mold spores.
Now, I’d like to know, in what ways do you use nuts and seeds as your medicine? Do you have a favorite recipe to share? If so, please post a comment below! I love hearing what you have to share.
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