Flax Seed!

Here’s an awesome little thing to add to your diet…  Fresh ground flax seed!

This is one of the first baby steps I took when I started making healthy changes in my life and we’ve been doing it every meal since!  I think it was one of our first things because it’s so cheap!  Flax seeds are one of the cheapest ways to boost your health!

Benefits of Flax Seed:
-A great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, something most Americans are very deficient in!  A healthy balance of Omega 6 to Omega 3 is 2:1.  Most Americans are at 20:1.  Yikes!  Add flax seed to help achieve a healthy Omega 6: Omega 3 ratio!
-A great source of Fiber!  We all know fiber is great, and flax seed is an excellent source.   Fiber helps to prevent many health problems, including colon cancer.
-Lignans- Flax seeds contain lignans which are a great antioxidant.  Flaxseed contains 75- 800 times more lignans than other plant foods
-A good source of magnesium and other minerals.
-Flax has a long list of diseases that it fights, including diabetes, cancer, constipation, heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation problems, bone loss, and much much more.

Why Freshly-Ground: Just like flour, once ground, oxidation may begin to occur.  For maximum benefits, buy whole and grind it yourself.  But don’t leave them whole.  Your digestive system cannot crack open their hard outer layer, so you’ll need to grind them yourself to get the health benefits of eating them.

How To Purchase: Whole Flax Seeds are sold in most ‘Health Food’ type of grocery stores.  They are available in brown or golden.  For me, they don’t really have a taste, I never even notice it on my food.  But others would describe them as “nutty.”

How Much Do I Need: The recommended amount to eat per day is 2-4 Tbsp.  However flax does contain a significant amount of fiber so you may need to work up to this amount.

How do I get started?
Step One: Get a coffee/ spice grinder and whole flax seeds.

Step Two: Dish your food upon your plate when it’s time to eat.

Step Three: Pour a couple spoonfuls of flax seed into a little coffee/ spice grinder and grind.

Step Four: Sprinkle on your warm or cold foods.  Heat can destroy the beneficial properties of flax seed, so don’t put it on very hot foods.  But if your food is cool enough to eat, it’s cool enough for flax seeds.

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