29th October 23:18
Phytates and digestion
First of all, I want to say thanks for the replies to my athletes diet
questions. I don't know where or how you dig up some of your
information Randall, but it's much appreciated.
As I've stated previously, my skin's improved dramatically over the last
year and I'm positive diet has had a lot to do with it. I wanted to
pass this info on just in case it benefits even one other person. I've
been soaking all of my grains and seeds overnight, except flaxseed, in
warm water, lemon juice, and sea salt. I started doing this months ago
after reading about how soaking grains and seeds will help to remove the
phyates that can cause digestive problems. I'll then cook my grains
like normal and with seeds I'll either let them dry in the sun or in the
oven on the lowest setting. I personally think it's made a great deal
of difference in that my skin does not react in a negative way now when
I eat grains or seeds, almonds included. I still stay away from wheat
since I've tried both soaking and sprouting and neither makes a
difference. I get bloated, itchy, gassy, and my spots get red after
eating the wheat.
Anyway, just thought I'd pass this along in case someone else wanted to
give it a try and see if it makes a difference. The soaking solution is
1/2 to one cup of warm filtered water, 1 to 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
depending on the amount of grain or seeds, and a pinch of sea salt.
It's supposedly the acidic solution that breaks down the phytates. If
you can't handle oatmeal, try soaking the oats overnight. It's too bad
soaking doesn't affect the gluten in certain grains or it could've been
a win win situation.