Do you sprout your grains and beans? Sprouting seeds is a complex topic and one I could talk about for hours… any practice, which involves aiding the gut, digestion, and adding nutrients to ones diet is always a hot topic for discussion. Today I wanted to give you a quick run down of the benefits of sprouting and my top personal reasons for doing so.
For those of you who are unsure of what I am going on about…. Sprouting is the practice of germinating seed. Geminated beans, nuts, grains and seeds (depending on the type) can be eaten raw or cooked. Sprouting is fun and so easy to achieve… When I have seeds sprouting, one of the first things I do in the morning and one of the last things I do at night, is check my jar of seeds, add some water, give them a little shake and drain and admire their alchemy.
When seeds are spouted they become easier to digest, sprouting also allows your body to benefit from the seeds full nutritional profile. Sprouting has been common practice in Eastern Europe and Asia for centuries and for good reason. The practice of sprouting seeds helps to decrease the presence of anti-nutrients, which interfere with our ability to digest the minerals and vitamins present within our chosen plant. There are so many wonderful articles on the internet that can give you a proper scientific rundown as to why sprouting is such a brilliant practice and why it is extremely beneficial for the body…. But today I wanted to run through my top 3 reasons to Sprout.
1. Yep you guessed it… Digestion!!!
Sprouting unlocks beneficial enzymes that make all kinds of seeds, beans, nuts and grains easier to digest. Eating grains, seeds, nuts and beans can be difficult for some and can cause inflammation. Sprouting increases flora levels in the gut so it is said that those who suffer with indigestion can experience less of an auto-immune type of reaction when eating various types of seeds.
2. Sprouting increases nutrient absorption.
Through sprouting seeds, nutrients including vitamins, minerals and amino acids become more absorbable by the body. Expect more Iron, Magnesium, Zinc and Vitamin B12, C and E making its way to where it matters!
3. This is a fun one and it indeed comes back to digestion.
You see when seeds ate sprouted their fibre content increases and hence becomes more available to the consumer. Have you ever heard of crude fibre? Crude fibre is the fibre that composes the cell wall of a plant. When consumed, crude fibre can not be properly absorbed within the digestive tract and therefore it pushes toxins and waste out of the gut and helps to get the bowels moving more regularly and happily.
Finally let me introduce you to a man who knows his stuff… Dr Axe! Head over to his website for loads more information on sprouting and achieving a healthy gut!!!
P.S. Do you Sprout?