Pumpkin seeds –
Are high in zinc (helping in the prevention of osteoporosis) and a great source of magnesium (which is essential for 100’s of chemical reactions in the body!). Some of the benefits associated with including pumpkin seeds in your diet can be: improved bladder function and prevention of kidney stones, prostate protection and improved prostate health. They are a natural anti-inflammatory and contain phytosterols that reduce LDL cholesterol levels and are protective against a lot of cancers.
Coconut oil –
Is made up of medium chain triglycerides, MCTs (or fatty acids), probably the most prized of these is lauric acid (~50% of coconut oil). When present in the body lauric acid has antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties. There are currently studies been undertaken to prove the effectiveness of lauric acid against HIV/AIDS because of these strong antiviral properties. The other natural source of lauric acid…breast milk. MCTs are also known to prevent against the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease
Chia seeds –
Are a complete plant based protein food source that contain the highest level of plant sourced omega-3, Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA). They provide a 3:1 omega-3 : omega-6 ratio thereby assisting in reducing cholesterol and inflammation. The unique properties of chia seeds go further still as they are very high in dietary fibre, and unlike cereal grain have a soluble fibre content. The soluble fibre slows travel time through the intestinal tract helping to regulate blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and encourage digestion.
Try to incorporate them into your gentle 7 day cleanse!