Stifling a laugh, I gently informed him the flax seed I sprinkled on everything had “snaked” his slow-moving colon. Think about it. After the 3 days at 98.6 that bacon cheeseburger, chili fries, and a fruit pie naturally breaks down and starts fermenting in the dark, dank recesses of a sluggish, fibreless microbiome and can become somewhat toxic if left stagnant. No wonder our poop smells to high heaven. Someone got a match or incense out there?
Mayo Clinic says, “After you eat, it takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. Food then enters your large intestine (colon) for further digestion, absorption of water and, finally, elimination of undigested food. It takes about 36 hours for food to move through the entire colon.”
Since man stood upright, tiny but mighty health-sustaining flaxseeds, their colon-cleansing fiber, and healthy fat have been a cultural go-to. Composer Claude Debussy even wrote a lovely melody comparing a woman's beautiful flaxen hair to the shiny amber, brown seed. Both plant and seed have been used for millennia to weave fibers for clothing and housing. Ancient Egyptians carried flaxseed in their medical bags. During the eighth century, King Charlemagne passed laws requiring the consumption of fibrous flaxseed. Linen made from flax seeds composed Christ's swaddling infant clothes and to make the holy Shroud of Turin.
However there’s considerably more going on within the ancient gift of the generous Universe. Fibrous flaxseed contains significant amounts of Omega 3 and naturally occurring plant estrogens called lignans which prevent bone loss, reduced risk of colon cancer and estrogen-related breast cancer and diminished symptoms of menopause. Omega 3 balances production of prostaglandins which help regulate blood pressure, blood clotting, nerve transmission, and allergic responses, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract functions, and the production of hormones. The miracle of nature helps prevent heart disease, improves mental function, and cools inflammation related to asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches and osteoporosis. Inflammation, by the way, accelerates aging and causes about 70% of today’s diseases, whereas Omega 3 soothes inflammation and decreases disease risk. Smell what I’m cookin’?
Omega-3 deficiency is associated with chronic diarrhea, Crohn’s or IBS, ADD, irritability or nervousness, dry mouth, throat, skin that dries or cracks behind the ears, Emphysema, asthma, chronic lung disease, chronic joint pain or arthritis, kidney, bladder or prostate problems and infertility, impotence or a history of repeated miscarriages.
Omega-3 naturally also occurs in chia seed, walnuts, cold-water fish and green leafy vegetables. DHA, brain food, also comes from fish oil, salmon, herring, anchovies, sardines, chicken and eggs. Your best formula for success is to ingest 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds with 2000 IU’s fish oil daily, in addition to a handful of plain walnuts. Try ground flaxseed over your morning fruit and cereal. Refrigerate ground flaxseed in a tightly sealed container. If you don’t eat many of these foods and think you may be lacking in omega-3s, consider taking an omega-3 supplement.
The flavorless, colon cleansing seeds need to be ground in a coffee grinder in small batches then sprinkled on most everything you eat. Two tablespoons daily is sufficient. Once ground, the seeds quickly lose their umph, so store un-ground seeds in the refrigerator and grind only a couple cups at a time for daily use. I keep a small ball jar of ground seeds on my countertop to sprinkle on everything, even the dog’s food, and believe me, on our walkies, they are prolific poopers.
Because Americans crave dead, difficult to digest processed foods, they eat way too much omega 6 and too little omega 3. A diet high in omega 6, mostly found in seed oils, can cause destructive internal inflammation, especially if the diet lacks magnesium and B vitamins. This overused fat is used in many bodily functions, but less is more. The greatest overabundance of omega-6 fats in the American diet is America’s lust for fast, convenient, and processed foods. Commercial fried foods, even if they’re low in trans-fat, are still likely to contain lofty levels of omega 6. NIH.gov states, “Nearly the entire intake of omega-6 fatty acid in American diets comes from cooking oils like sunflower, safflower, corn, cottonseed, walnut and soybean oil, a known hormone disruptor.”
Don’t hesitate-evacuate! Most folks concur there’s nothing like a thorough, colon-cleansing evacuation, especially after days of bloating. Introduce fibrous ground flax, chia, or hemp seeds to your daily diet. The mere gravity of getting out of a warm morning bed will trigger a truly thorough BM keeping the rivers unblocked and flowing. But wait until the chilly seat warms up. Oh yeah: warn your dinner guests.