Why You Should Soak Nuts & Seeds

Did you know that nuts and seeds have something called ‘enzyme inhibitors’ in them?

Enzymes are proteins that help your digestive system break down food in order to process the nutritional value and to remove the waste. This means that eating nuts & seeds without soaking makes them hard to digest and reduces their nutritional benefits.

So when you are eating nuts or seeds without soaking them, you are giving your body compounds that make the nuts and seeds, and any other food harder to digest. Not only that but nuts and seeds also contain phytic acid and goitrogens.

Goitrogens are substances that interfere with the thyroid gland, that cause the thyroid gland to increase in size through inflammation. With a large percentage of the population already having an underactive thyroid it’s important to not consume these substances.

Instead of eating nuts and seeds raw without soaking them all that you need to do is simply put the nuts or seeds (or both) into a small glass bowl and fill it with water. Make sure that they are immersed in water and leave them in the water overnight. When you leave them soaked in the (preferably spring or purified) water overnight you are removing the enzyme inhibitors, toxic compounds and goitrogens from them. I also like to add a little Himalayan salt to it for taste and for it’s nutritional benefits.

The next day you can eat them as they are or dry them out on a paper towel for 24 hours and store them in a container in the fridge. Some people like to make them crunchy by drying them in a dehydrator (or oven) for 12 – 36 hours on a low setting.

Enjoy them knowing that they are healthier for you than the day before simply by soaking them in water for a 24 hour period. That’s easy isn’t it? This little change can improve your health and digestive system and allow you to extract more nutritional benefit from the same nuts and seeds that you are already eating.

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