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There's loads of great stuff out there to enhance your physical and spiritual health. Every two weeks, All Spirit Fitness brings you something we've found useful. Sometimes it's a brand new fitness tool, sometimes it's an everyday item that you can find at the store. Whatever it is, rest assured that if it's on this page, we think it's great!

Flax Seed

Golden Flax Seed
You can get Flax Seed from Amazon or True Foods Market

When it comes to promoting heart health, look to Omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that Omega-3 can protect against heart disease, and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also been shown to protect against stroke. Some studies even suggest it may block certain carcinogens, thus battling against some forms of cancer. The best-known source for Omega-3 is oily fish such as salmon and sardines. But what if you're a vegetarian, or you just don't like fish? The solution can be found in the same plant that was used to create your tablecloth — flax. In the non-food world, flax is used to make linen and linseed oil. But flax seed itself is full of not only Omega-3, but also lignans, which are said to benefit the immune system, and fiber. Plus, it contains C and B vitamins and is great for your hair and skin. And it's tasty! You may not want to eat your tablecloth, but you will want to grind up a tablespoon of flax seed in your coffee grinder and sprinkle it on your cereal, oatmeal or in a protein shake. (Grinding the flaxseed helps release all its health-giving nutrients. In addition, it should be ground just before using — it goes rancid quickly.)

Some people prefer to take flax seed in liquid form, as an oil. Its nutty flavor can certainly enhance a salad, or be used in place of any cold oil. (Flax seed oil should never be heated and must be refrigerated in a black container to keep from going bad too quickly. In fact, you should store your flaxseed in the fridge too.) With the oil, you'll be missing the fiber along with some of the lignans. Flax seed oil still has the rest of the good stuff, though, so it can be considered as an alternative to the whole seed. No matter how you add it to your diet, know that you're doing your body a great favor. Nearly everyone would benefit by having a tablespoon or two of flax seed daily.

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