The short answer: Absolutely! The good news is not only will your seeds, nuts, grains, and beans be more nutritious, but they will taste better as well. It is wonderful how nature works.
Seeds, nuts, grains, and beans are protected by phytochemicals called enzyme inhibitors, which prevent premature germination (i.e., sprouting to form a new plant) until conditions are ideal for chance of survival. While beneficial for the propagation of the plant and its ensuring its survival of the plant species, these enzyme inhibits are detrimental to our health, especially in excess. This is due to the enzyme inhibitors like phytic acid that reduces our body's ability to absorb certain minerals and proteins that are essential for proper bodily functions and good health. By soaking, sprouting, and/or fermenting, the enzyme inhibitors can be greatly reduced, thereby mitigating the risk of nutritional deficiencies and other health issues.
After soaking and sprouting: seeds, nuts, grains, and beans may be referred to as activated, living, germinated, sprouted, etc.
Nut Soaking Time Sprouting Time
Almond 8-12 hours 12 hours
Brazil Nut Do not soak Does Not Sprout
Cashew 2-2½ hours Does Not Sprout
Macadamia Do not soak Does Not Sprout
Pecan 4-6 hours Does Not Sprout
Pine Nut Do not soak Does Not Sprout
Pistachio Do not soak Does Not Sprout
Walnut 4 hours Does Not Sprout
Seeds Soaking Time Sprouting Time
Alfalfa 8 hours 2-5 days
Fenugreek 8 hours 3-5 days
Flax 8 hours Does Not Sprout
Hemp Do not soak Does Not Sprout
Pumpkin (Pepita) 8 hours 1-2 days
Sesame 8 hours 1-2 days
Sunflower 2 hours 2-3 days
Seeds Soaking Time Sprouting Time
Adzuki 8 hours 3-5 days
Chickpea 12 hours 12 hours
Lentil 8 hours 12 hours
Mung 24 hours 2-5 days
Grains* Soaking Time Sprouting Time
Barley 6-8 hours 2 days
Buckwheat 15 minutes 1-2 days
Corn 12 hours 2-3 days
Kamut 7 hours 2-3 days
Millet 8 hours 2-3 days
Oat 6 hours 2-3 days
Quinoa 2 hours 1-2 days
Rice 9 hours 2-3 days
Rye 8 hours 2-3 days
Spelt 8 hours 2-3 days
Wheat 7 hours 2-3 days
*Grains and grain-like seeds.
There are many ways to do reset your health and there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach. This is modified from an elimination diet that I recommended to my brother ... .
Juicing and blending your foods aids in recovery, as it reduces the burden of digestion on your body and allows needed energy to be channeled to healing, but one may not own a quality juicer and/or blender. Start from where you are. A simple place that everyone can start is by consuming organic broths and easily digested foods that are beneficial and healing to the body. Intermittent fasting is also something one can check into as well.
21 Day Elimination Diet
It is easier than it sounds, but if you can't do the full 21 days, you can do at least for 10 days.
Phase 2 - can add:
Again I recommend skipping oils as much as possible not just during an elimination diet.
You will lose weight by getting healthy. Do not make weight lose a health goal, make getting healthy your goal and the rest will follow.
Points to ponder:
¹National Institutes of Health [NIH]. U.S. National Library of Medicine National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem. Hexane.
EAT A RAINBOW … EVERYDAY
For good health and vitality, we need to eat the RAINBOW … no, not Skittles.
[Skittles is not food and is, in my opinion, poison.]
We need to eat a wide spectrum of foods – that is, a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, along with a diverse array of nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains to get proper and adequate nutrition.
The various colors in plants are created by particular phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are chemicals produced by the plant to provide protection from the elements, insects, fungus, molds, parasites, etc. In short, phytochemicals generally help the plant thwart competitors, predators, and/or pathogens, thus, being able to survive and thrive to pass on its seeds.
These phytochemicals often confer benefits to us, although some serve as anti-nutrients, especially in excess, and can cause us harm. That is why it is prudent to eat a diverse variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains, as well as to prepare foods in a manner that reduces anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors.
In conclusion, we need to consume foods and herbs from the whole color spectrum for good health. Let’s look at some of the delicious and nutritious colorful foods by color. :)
RED / PINK
Apples: Red Delicious, Empire, McIntosh, etc.
Beans: Adzuki, Kidney, Red, Pinto, etc.
Berries: Cranberry, Goji, Loganberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Wineberry, etc.
Grapefruit (Pink, Red)
Red Bell Peppers
Seeds & Grains: Red Rice, Bhutan Rice, Red Quinoa, etc.
Citrus: Oranges, Tangerines, etc.
Orange Bell Peppers
Squashes: Pumpkin, Buttercup, Butternut, etc.
Apples: Golden Delicious, Jonagold, etc.
Winter Squashes: Acorn, Delicata, Kabocha, Spaghetti, etc.
Yellow Bell Peppers
Yellow Summer Squash
Green Onions / Scallions
Leafy Greens (arugula, spinach, lamb’s quarters, collard, beet greens, Swiss chard, dandelion, lettuce, kale, turnip, mustard, etc.)
Peas (Snow, Sugar Snap, Garden, etc.)
Zucchini Summer Squash
Japanese Sweet Potatoes
Purple Bell Peppers
BLACK – PURPLE
Black Mission Figs
Beans: Black, Black Soybeans
Seeds: Black Sesame, Black Seeds (Nigella sativa), Chia
Beans: Cannellini, Navy, Great Northern, etc.
Hearts of Palm (get sustainably sourced or avoid)
Mushrooms: White Button, Oyster, etc.
Potatoes (eat the skin & NEVER eat fried unless you want to increase your risk of cancer dramatically…. Slow boiled is best)
Beans: Garbanzo (Chick Peas)
Nuts: Almonds, Macadamia, Pecans, Walnuts, etc.
Seeds: Flax (Golden, Brown), Hemp, Sunflower, Sesame, etc.
Spectrum – a band of colors, as seen in a rainbow, produced by separation of the components of light by their different degrees of refraction according to wavelength.
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