Meet Your New BFFs- Linseeds / Flaxseeds

 

Linseeds, sometimes called flaxseeds are the brown tiny seeds we pass a million times at a grocery store because 1) we don’t know what they are and 2) we are not aware of their capabilities.

 

We tend to only buy some food items because a recipe calls for it then use them once and whatever is left ends up taking space in the cupboard.  That’s what happened to a packet of Linseeds I bought last year in September.  Come January 2017 I’m on google looking for interesting ways to detox without spending too much money.   I came across a pop up ad about a two week detox plan with linseeds.  Curiosity got the better of me and clicked and landed on a page with the detox plan.

 

 

It took a lot of discipline but I was on that plan for two weeks, 14 days to be exact.  The goal was not to lose weight but I was concerned about the abuse my liver had to put up with during the December holidays.  Besides, the body gives physical signs to alert us that that it is time for a detox.  Some of the signs include; insomnia, excessive sweating, acne/itchy skin, cravings, abdominal bloating etc.  When you get  signs that something is not alright,  it is up to YOU to pay attention and do whatever necessary to rectify the situation before irreversible damage occurs.

 

Health benefits of linseeds / flaxseeds are enough to get one to make them a staple in the household Plus, there’s different ways to add them to meals, for an example, add them to smoothies, yoghurt, salad, sprinkle on the dough when baking bread or add them to muffins.

 

The benefits of linseeds are remarkable, take a look at some of them;

  • Weight Loss
  • High in fiber
  • High in Omega 3 – One of the benefits of Omega 3 essential fats is lowering of cholesterol.
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Improves digestion
  • Healthy hair and nails
  • Cancer prevention

 

The Detox Plan

 

You pour two tablespoons of linseeds into water and let that soak overnight.  In the morning you drink up that whole mixture.  Do this for two weeks.

Here’s my observations while on the detox plan: 

 

  • I didn’t feel hungry and my cravings for junk were not there anymore
  • My bowel movements were frequent – about 3 times per day (sorry for telling you this but I have to)
  • My energy levels were high up there.
  • I was thirsty all the time and because of this I found myself drinking lots of water.

This post is not here to promote a detox plan, but the experience made consider having linseeds on my grocery list every month.

Now tell me, do you have linseeds in your kitchen cupboards?  Would you consider buying them after learning about their benefits?

 

Author Info

Thuli

Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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