Flax Seed Tea: the all important recipe for Hydration

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Recipe: Flax Seed Tea

Over the last few weeks I have been presenting a huge case for drinking plenty of water, especially if you have an autoimmune condition.  I have blogged about it and also uploaded my first video on it, for this Autoimmune series:  The five top reasons that you should be drinking more water if you suffer from an autoimmune disease.  So by now you should have got the message but also made a start on getting more of that life giving fluid into your body.

But what if your body just doesn’t absorb all that water?  What if instead it pours out of you like water from a hanging basket (when it doesn’t have enough water retaining gel in it)?

This gel can mean life or death to your plants through the summer and the Flax Seed Tea that I am about to show you,  can become your own water retaining gel.  The viscosity of this tea means that it will spend longer in your colon, giving it plenty more time to be absorbed along with all that gorgeous water in it.

Flax seeds are well known for their omega 3 fatty acid content (and if you don’t know much about that, sit tight because there will be plenty more about that over the upcoming weeks), but flax seeds drunk as a tea offer a huge benefit in the form of hydration.

 

“… if you are stressed your body can be like  a badly watered hanging basket. The water just goes straight through, hardly touching the sides! Linseed tea helps, because it is slightly gelatinous, this soothes and relaxes the colon, and allows it to absorb more water.”

I have posted a recipe before on making flax seed tea, but I believe that this one that Keith uses may allow the seeds to hold onto more of its therapeutic nutrients.

Flax seed tea recipe

Flaxseed tea saucepan

  1. Put 1 teaspoon of flax seed into a saucepan.
  2. Add 1 litre of fresh, filtered water
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  4. You can then sieve off the seeds if you wish (I keep mine in)
  5. Use this “gel” to make further cups of tea for the day by adding hot water to warm it again.  (Use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup flax seed tea and top up with hot water)

Hydration is the biggest benefit of flax seed tea that I am bringing to you today.  However regular drinking of flax seed tea offers many more therapeutic effects.  The mucilage in flax seed tea helps to:

  1. Soothe a sore throat and heartburn,
  2. Relax irritated lungs
  3. Sweep the colon and calm inflammation within it.  (Don’t take if suffering from a bowel obstruction)
  4. Reduce gas, bloating and abdominal cramps
  5. Relieve constipation

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Drink 1-2 cups of this flax seed tea per day in addition to 1-2 litres of water, to get your body water tight.

Wishing you all a very happy Easter

Gemma x