Improving Gut and Overall Health with Grains

Eating more of whole grains has been proven to be the easiest way to make your diet healthy. Packed with nutrients including proteins, fiber, vitamin B, antioxidants and minerals such as zinc, copper, iron, and magnesium, grains have numerous health benefits.

What are Whole Grains?

A whole grain contains all edible parts of grain including the bran, germ, and endosperm.

Sometimes full-grain is used intact or recombined with all its components present in the natural proportion with other ingredients to prepare edibles.

Benefits of Consuming Grains

Whole grains consumption has been medically proven to be beneficial to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and different kinds of Cancer forms. Additionally, it improves bowel health by maintaining regular bowel movements and helps in the production of healthy bacteria in the colon. Grains are an excellent source of fiber and that is why these are included in most of the diets, including Dr. Sebi’s alkaline diet.

Self-claimed health and wellness guru and herbalist, Dr. Sebi listed some grains which should be included in the diet to make body alkaline, cleansing the acidic food waste in the body.

Benefits Of Grains Prescribed In The Diet Have Been Explained Below:-

1) Amaranth

Amaranth has gained popularity recently as healthy food, although this ancient grain full of nutrients and a list of health benefits has been a staple food during Inca, Maya and Aztec civilization too. Occurring naturally gluten-free, it is rich in protein, fiber, micronutrients, and antioxidants.

Eating amaranth reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol level, promotes weight loss and makes in an excellent addition to the diet.

2) Fonio

This grain brings many health benefits owing to its broad nutritional profile. Gluten-free, this can be used in cooking and baking. Health benefits of Fonio include bringing about heart health, controlling diabetes, promotes digestion with its high fiber content, aids weight loss, prevents anemia, and amino acids present in fonio especially cystine and methionine detoxify the liver and the body. It prevents liver diseases, provides energy, strengthens nails and hair and builds up bone and teeth power.

3) Kamut

Also known as Khorasan wheat, Kamut green has been consumed since ancient Egyptian age in baking. It can be substituted for wheat flour in goods to be baked or can be added to soups, Pilafs, and stews. Low in fat and cholesterol-free, Kamut is a great source of fiber, selenium and magnesium, and protein. It supports bone health, aids the digestive system, detoxifies the body, fights common cold, supports brain health, balances hormones, and lowers cholesterol and much more.

4) Quinoa

Quinoa is one of the most popular health food across the world which is gluten-free, high in protein and other 9 essential amino acids. Additionally, it has high fiber, magnesium, vitamin B, iron, potassium calcium, Phosphorus, vitamin E, and other beneficial antioxidants. The quercetin content of quinoa is beneficial with anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anticancer and antidepressant effects in the studies conducted on animals. With its low glycemic index, it controls the blood sugar level. It is beneficial for metabolic health and loses weight.

5) Rye

Rye reduces body weights, lowers insulin response, improves blood glucose profile, reduces inflammation in people with metabolic syndrome, and regulates risky genes related to stress and over-action of the immune system.

Being a powerhouse of antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, it is also full of good carbohydrates which keep you fuller for a longer period. It is a rich source of vitamin and helps regulate the nervous system of the body and prevents the accumulation of fat.

6) Spelt

A subspecies of wheat, spelt has slightly higher protein and fat content in comparison to wheat. Its health benefits include improvement in the cholesterol level, prediction in blood pressure level, improving heart health, better digestion, weight management, and reduced risk of diabetes. It can be used as a floor or as whole grains in stews, breakfast cereal or as a side dish.

7) Teff

Few of the most important health benefits of teff grain are promoting weight loss, increasing circulation, reducing menstrual issues, improving bone help, supporting proper growth and development of the body, boosting the immune system, promoting health in people with celiac disease, manage diabetic symptoms, optimize digestion and increase heart health. This protein-rich food is also sometimes referred to as superfood which is rich in minerals, vitamins, fiber, and organic compounds.

8) Wild Rice

Wild rice is a whole grain that is very nutritious and renders various health benefits. Highly rich in protein and fiber content, it consists of all 9 essential amino acids, and powerful antioxidants that reduce the risk of several diseases including cancer, good for heart health, and lower stress of type2 diabetes.

Some dieters following a vegan or alkaline diet consider Dr. Sebi’s food list of grains to be very limiting for their liking. But others follow that diet religiously as they have benefited from the diet. Get used to eating these whole grains with some modification if you prefer, for maximum health benefits derived from being vegan.