Hello beautiful world!

 Thank you for stopping by. This past few weeks I have been researching for some “natural laxatives” that are friendly for the gut without the crazy side-effects. I came across flaxseeds quite a bit and it intrigued me till I decided to use it as my first every blog post topic!

Flaxseeds have been around for a very long time and some claim as early as approximately 3000 BC (before Christ).  Their benefits were known to have influenced many parts of the human body and given their benefits being high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, chickens that are about to lay eggs are fed with flax-seeds in encouragement  to increase their protein content in their younglings. How amazing is that? Although many medical professionals as well as ancient traditional medicinal practices state that there are many advantages of consuming flax-seeds on a daily basis, the main elements make up flax-seeds include and are not limited to, per Dr. Axe’s website:

1 ounce (3 tbsp) serving of flax-seeds contains:

Powerfood in seeds
  • Omega-3 (ALA) – 6,338 mg – “good” fasts that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects.
  • Fiber – 8g – both soluble and insoluble types.
  • Protein – 6g
  • Vitamin B1 – 31% RDA (recommended daily intake)
  • Manganese – 35% RDA
  • Magnesium – 30% RDA
  • Phosphorus – 19% RDA
  • Selenium – 10% RDA
  • Also, flax-seeds contain a good amount of vitamin B6, Iron, potassium, copper and zinc.

There is a nutritional study that shows the impact of taking flax-seeds in different forms on the body.  In this study,  the results from body lipids and fecal excretion composition were compared between a control group (low fiber control diet group), a group taking flax-seed fiber-drink (3/day) and last group consuming flax-seed fiber bread (3/day). Conclusion proved to be of great use towards heart health.

Some fantastic reasons why to consume Flaxseeds (meal):

1. Proven high levels in Fiber content – Low in carbohydrates
2. Given its great relationship with the colon – Weight loss
3. Lowers cholesterol (LDL = bad cholesterol) levels
4. High in Anti-oxidants (lignans = amazing property for menopausal women – evens out their symptoms)
5. Gluten-free for those who have gluten sensitivities
6. Digestive health – the gel consistency of the Flaxseeds makes the cleansing of  the colon and keeps the intestines smooth
7. “Current evidence suggests that flax may be associated with decreased risk of breast cancer” per Natural Medicine Journal (2013)
8. Hypertension (high blood pressure)this study concluded that including “Flaxseeds appear to lower blood pressure in hypertentive individuals”
9. Equally healthy substitute for eggs as it contains high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids

Storage/Refrigeration:

Store in Air tight containers

Just like many high potency oils, it is strongly recommended to store your flaxseed oils in a dark place, at room temperatures. Always keep a close eye on the expiration date too!

If you are purchasing the seeds, grind up a month’s or a few weeks  worth in a coffee grinder and store it in the refrigerator. Since flaxseeds have a short life, it is important to consume whatever you grind in a timely fashion.

Freezing them is not a bad idea too however, its best to have some in the fridge just in case you want some on the go to be used. Plus between freezing and refrigerating flax seeds, the temperature difference is something to consider. Especially if you are looking to incorporate this amazing seed into your daily life :). Just remember it takes a few simple steps to form a great habit before it becomes a part of your life. Some people may experience great results with consuming flaxseeds in a matter of days and for others it may take some time.  Be your own doctor and note down if your body (include internals) behave different from the usual.

Suggestions on how to take Flaxseeds:

Flax in a Smoothie

Now if you were looking and are interested in finding creative ways of incorporating flaxseeds into your daily regimens there are plentiful of recipes on-line as well as at your local library cooking books.  I reckon adding flax-meals to your smoothies, salads, baked goodies or even in your yogurt!

Ground flaxseeds work great with Shaklee Vanilla Energizing shake or even smoothies! Shaklee’s shakes have numerous health benefits and what other way to embed your ground flax meal than in a protein supplement shake?

I personally just enjoy taking a tablespoon of ground flax meal into a cup of warm water and use it as an all natural laxative. Never disappointed especially when I encounter those low digestive days.

Active cultures in Yogurt match well with the Omegas in Flax meal

I generally pour it on my hot oatmeal in the morning as I found ground flaxseeds work best when taken in with something warm. Almost

seems to work instantly or sometime a few hours.

If you ever consider doing a “colon cleanse”, ground flax meal works amazingly with kefir and I personally know many folks that have lost weight by going on the Kefir Cleanse Diet.

You could always add some to your salad dressings, homemade energy bars or even in some sauces believe or not!

Side Effects?

Just like every other piece of food/drink we eat or are deficient from, we have to look at the side-effects if any, as everyone’s health is different and needs to be catered differently.  If you would like to learn about the side effects, WebMD is a great source to inform yourself if you should avoid taking it/lower your intake or increase your consumption of ground flaxseeds. Pregnant women and breast feeding mothers should always take extra caution when supplementing their diet and I recommend talking to your doctor ahead of time!

Fun facts about Flaxseeds:

-Flax seed and oil extracts are used in treatment of respiratory disorders, flu, common cold, fever and rheumatism.
-Flax oil is used in the industry of paints, varnishes and printing inks. Leftovers of seed (after oil extraction) are used as animal feed.
-Flax has a life cycle in one year.

That is all for this power food for this week! I hope you enjoyed a thing or two. Please share with me what you thought of this blog and what you learned from it! If you have anything to share with me, please include it in the comment section below as  I am eager to read your feedback.

Stay blessed,happy and healthy!


Coach Hanan Yusuf
Integrated Health,Wellness & Happiness Coach
Enjoy empowering lives and a firm believer in Hope
My store: www.Hananshealthshop.com

 

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